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Offline Lyn L

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #57 on: January 24, 2015, 15:27:15 »
Thanks BygoneMedway that was very interesting  :)
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Re: Rochester Bridge
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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #55 on: November 16, 2014, 17:19:53 »
A darkly amusing anecdote pertaining to the sometimes appalling state of repair that the old wooden bridge was in, prior to the completion of the stone bridge around 1391:

"Tis known for truth, yet very strange, that a gentleman, being a little merrie with wine, came over Rochester Bridg on horseback in the dark of the evening, there being but a plank laid over betwixt two arches, with small railes for foot folks only: He not knowing of it, nor his horse making no stop, when he came to his inne, the man bad him welcome, and wondering to see him there, asked him how and which way he came into the town. The gentleman replyed, 'Over the Bridg.' 'Tis impossible,' said his host, ' for a horse to come over.' The other defended it. Next morning the Gentleman and his Host went to the Bridg, and he, seeing the height of it from the water, the narrownesse of the planke, and the greatness of the water, fell down dead immediately, and could not be recovered."


From the History of Strood, 1899 by Henry Smetham.

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #54 on: September 11, 2014, 15:46:53 »
Some photos from the Bridge Trust (not sure if I've already posted)
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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #53 on: January 24, 2014, 14:44:04 »
The Roman bridge across the Medway was built soon after the Roman conquest of AD 43 to carry Watling Street, the main Roman road from Richborough and Canterbury, across the Medway to London and beyond.
The bridge continued in use until 1381, when it fell into disrepair and was replaced by a new bridge 100 yards upstream.
See the Roman Bridge, Rochester Bridge Trust, @ http://www.rbt.org.uk/bridges/roman.htm

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #52 on: May 08, 2013, 14:20:09 »
Interesting to compare that image to the photos of the demolition here: http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=8575.msg106965#msg106965
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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #51 on: May 08, 2013, 09:44:21 »

   Rochester Bridge was demolished by the Royal Engineers using gunpowder in November 1856.Colonel Sandham. commanding officer assisted in the demolition by experimenting with his mining and blasting techniques.The engineers worked alongside miners to put 500 lbs of gunpowder at the base of each of the piers, arches and abutments, when ready a bugler sounded the signal for several thousand tons of masonary to come down into the river, where barges stood by to remove the surplus stone and material.

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #50 on: October 22, 2012, 13:07:25 »
Another illustration of Rochester Bridge (date unknown).


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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #49 on: October 15, 2012, 19:24:32 »
Her is a link to the Rochester Bridge Trust website.

http://www.rbt.org.uk


Worth a visit, some interesting info  !!

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #48 on: October 15, 2012, 16:52:53 »
Think I've found the answer, I've just realised the arch was on the old bridge that came down in 1911 so must have been between 1902 and 1911, as it took three years to build the new bridge that was completed in 1914.

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #47 on: October 15, 2012, 16:28:32 »
The Coronation Arch (# 55) was never going to be a permanent feature since first erected, so any information on when it came down and what it was made of. It looks like stonework but surely not when it was not there to stay. Wooden framework possibly?

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #46 on: August 01, 2012, 15:24:04 »
Isn't that the Golden Hind weathervane on top of the Corn Exchange in Rochester?

Correct. :) The photographer was looking back towards Rochester.

There is a photograph of the other side of the arch on Kyn's very first post on this topic.
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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #45 on: August 01, 2012, 08:03:13 »
Great picture numanfan. I think this is looking toward Rochester but not sure as Strood has a building (Whites)very much like the 2nd shop in, confirm please.

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #44 on: April 20, 2012, 22:10:31 »
Bit of a different view, from a flight into London City in 2006:

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #43 on: April 20, 2012, 19:07:23 »
What a superb photo :) :)
Presumably that is a tunnel entrance in the middle of the photo. Where does, or did, it go to (is it still there?) It seems strange to put it in the island between two very busy carriageways!
There was an underpass under only one of the carriageways - the other side comes up between road and railway.
Edit: Sorry - what the others already said - didn't see the next page!

Always thought it was a hassle to cross there, down, under, back on yourself and still wait for the traffic.

 

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