Free talk tells the story of conflict at Rochester Bridge

Discover the conflict that has helped to shape Medway during a free lecture spanning almost 2,000 years.

Called Rochester Bridge in Times of Conflict, the talk will start with the Romans and the creation of Watling Street. It will explore the stories of centurions and knights, kings and queens, and introduces the crossing as a key strategic point for travel between London and mainland Europe.

The free talk will be presented by Sue Threader, Bridge Clerk [Chief Executive] of the Rochester Bridge Trust.

Sue Threader explained: “Many local people know of the siege of Rochester Castle, but they may be less aware of other key events which have taken place on or near Rochester Bridge and the role it has had in warfare and strategic victories through the centuries. This lecture aims to help people understand the significance of the site in a local and national context.”

The free lecture will take place on Tuesday, 7 May, 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 online via or by emailing

The talk complements an exhibition being hosted in the Bridge Chapel and Chamber, called Rochester Bridge in Times of Conflict. The exhibition can be viewed on Wednesdays and Saturdays, between 11am and 4pm. Open days are free of charge and no booking is required to visit the buildings, which are fully accessible following their major refurbishment.

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