Bridge Chapel welcomes more than a thousand visitors

An ancient chapel has now closed its doors for the winter, after a successful first open season.

During its 19 days of autumn opening, Rochester’s medieval Bridge Chapel and Victorian Bridge Chamber welcomed 1,078 visitors to see the newly refurbished buildings.

Alison Cable, Archives and Records Manager at the Trust, commented: “We’ve been very pleased with the interest shown by members of the community, who were keen to visit the heart of the Rochester Bridge Trust. Everyone we spoke to was enthusiastic about their visit, asking us lots of questions as they explored.

“The improved accessibility was particularly well received, as the buildings can now be fully enjoyed and explored by everyone.”

Both buildings had been fully refurbished in 2021, including carefully designed modifications to make them fully accessible, as well as works to reduce the buildings’ carbon footprint.

Also on display was an archaeology exhibition showing a selection of historic finds from the area, including a medieval floor tile believed to have been an original part of the Bridge Chapel, and a Roman jug.

The buildings will re-open on Thursday, 2nd February, on Thursdays and Saturdays. Entry is free of charge, visitors can simply drop in between 11am and 4pm. For opening dates check the Forthcoming Events page.

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