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21 August 2014
Restoration of Short Brothers' Scion Floatplane

A rare Scion Floatplane built in Kent by Short Brothers – the aviation pioneers – is being restored, thanks to the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Trust has presented Medway Aircraft Preservation Society’s team of volunteers with a grant of £40,000 to bring the historic aircraft back to its former glory. . . . More


Model of Scion Floatplane

10 July 2014
Trust Shortlisted for Charity Award

Centuries of engineering pedigree have seen the Rochester Bridge Trust shortlisted for a 2014 Charity of the Year award in the 15th annual Charity Times Awards . . . More


Charity Times Awards Logo

6 July 2014
Historic River Wall Cleaning Underway

The Rochester Bridge Trust’s major cleaning, inspection and repairs programme for its historic river embankments has started. A team of specialists is currently washing off and inspecting river walls on the Strood embankment of the River Medway. . . . More


Historic River Wall Cleaning Underway


2014 Heritage Open Days

featuring centennial photographic exhibition of the 1914 Old Bridge reconstruction

The Rochester Bridge Trust is offering visitors a rare opportunity to discover its medieval Bridge Chapel and Victorian Bridge Chamber overlooking the River Medway on Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14, as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Doors will be open between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Activity Sheets for Children.

In the restored 14th-century chapel are displayed various historic prints and paintings of Rochester Bridge and a large painting of the Raising of Lazarus attributed to the circle of Carlo Maratta. The centre of the space is filled by an impressive council table and chairs made by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson of Kilburn, Yorkshire.

The Bridge Chamber, dating from 1879, contains some interesting furniture in the court room, including two sets of exceptional Georgian chairs inlaid with the Trust’s distinctive coat of arms, as well as a fine Victorian stained glass window which dominates the stairwell.

On the Bridge Chamber walls hang additional paintings of Rochester Bridge, two large maritime paintings attributed to Isaac Sailmaker, and some interesting ornamental plaster preserved from the 18th-century Bridge Chamber that portrays a view of the medieval bridge and the arms of the Trust's founders. The Trust is also the proud owner of a sketch of Rochester Bridge by J.M.W.Turner.

Each day there will be guided tours explaining the history of the Trust and its continuing purpose to provide and maintain a crossing over the River Medway at Rochester at no cost to the public.

Discover other Kent and Medway properties taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days.


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