Archaeologist to share selection of discoveries in free talk

Find out more about the local history when a Kent archaeologist visits Rochester’s Bridge Chapel.

Andrew Mayfield will give a free Bridge Chapel Lecture reviewing the highlights of the Cobham Landscape Detectives project – a three-year Heritage Lottery-funded community excavation carried out in conjunction with Kent County Council.

The talk will cover a range of periods, looking at times ranging from prehistory to the World War Two military camps that still dot the landscape around Cobham.

Alison Cable, Archives and Records Manager at the Rochester Bridge Trust, said: “After a break of several years due to pandemic restrictions and a major refurbishment, we are pleased to be able to invite members of the public back into the Bridge Chapel as part of a programme of evening events.

“For this first lecture we welcome Kent County Council’s Community Archaeologist, Andrew Mayfield, to talk about the landscape detectives project, and we are sure he will have lots of interesting details to share with us.”

The free lecture will take place on Tuesday, 7 March, at 6.30pm promptly, in the Bridge Chapel, Rochester. Doors will open at 6pm, and tea and coffee will be served.

Tickets are limited and must be booked, either via Eventbrite or by emailing

The Bridge Chapel and Chamber will not be open to the general public during this lecture but anyone wishing to visit can do so on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 February, between 11am and 4pm. No booking is required to visit the buildings, which are fully accessible following their major refurbishment.

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