Archives Background

Early medieval records relating to Rochester Bridge can be found in the Calendars of Inquisitions and Calendars of the Patent Rolls at The National Archives and in the Bridgework List in the Textus Roffensis (in the archives of Rochester Cathedral). 

Richard II established The Wardens and Commonalty of Rochester Bridge in 1399. The Wardens’ accounts date back to the 1390s and minutes of the Trust date back to 1663. Records arising from the current business of the Rochester Bridge Trust continue to be added to the archive.

Our online catalogue for archives and heritage collections can be accessed here.

If you require access to the archive collections, either in person or remotely, please contact the Archives Manager. Email: or telephone 01634 846706.

We offer appointments to view documents in the archive reading room from Tuesdays to Thursdays, between 9.30am and 4.30pm. 

We request at least 4 working days’ notice for archive appointments.

Please get in touch if you require any further information about our collections.