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Centenary Award for Rochester Bridge Trust

Rochester Bridge Trust’s work over the last 100 years has been marked with the awarding of a commemorative plaque.

Presented by the City of Rochester Society (CoRS), the plaque recognises the Trust’s contribution to conservation within the city over the last 100 years. The award was made on 14 May 2014 during the centenary celebrations marking the reconstruction of the Old Bridge in 1914.

CoRS President Bob Ratcliffe said: “We are delighted at the close links that have developed between the Trust and the Society. As a token of appreciation for all the Trust does in maintaining and decorating the bridge, and in promoting the story through exhibitions and the recent series of lectures, I am delighted to present you with this special centennial commemorative plaque.”

Receiving the award on behalf of Rochester Bridge Trust, Senior Warden Russell Race DL said: “The Trust very much values the relationship that we have with the City of Rochester Society and our shared commitment to this historic city.

“I am deeply grateful the Society has honoured our work with this plaque and I look forward to many more years of close collaboration between the two organisations.”

The City of Rochester Society was founded in 1967 to help conserve the historic City as a pleasant place to visit. Every year the Society makes an award to an organisation or individual who has made the greatest contribution to conservation in the City during the year. Previous winners include the George Vaults, Cloudesley House, the Castle Club, and the King’s Head Hotel.


1. The Rochester Bridge Trust is a charitable trust that exists to maintain the old and new bridges at Rochester and serve the travelling public. It is the only surviving bridge trust still serving its original purpose, and it has served the people of Kent since 1399. The Trust also supports numerous community and education projects across historic Kent and Medway.

2. The Trust’s assets all derive from endowments of land and money in the 14th and 15th centuries and are carefully managed in order to provide an income to fund bridge maintenance and local charitable grants. The Trust receives no external funding and is regulated by the Charity Commission.

For more information:

The Rochester Bridge Trust
5 Esplanade
Kent ME1 1QE
Tel: 01634 846706
Fax: 01634 840125

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