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Offline ChrisExiledFromStrood

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2010, 10:08:37 »
wonder where that staircase goes to in the centre of the pic... obviously down to the river...
was there like a platform there?
Looks like maintenance access to the piers of the middle bridge (the one built as one a rail bridge and re-used for the modern (eastbound) A2 bridge.

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2010, 23:54:58 »
There are rooms under that part of the bridge.  Some people say public toilets and some say a mortuary.  Either way the rooms have white tiles on the walls!

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2010, 23:44:09 »
wonder where that staircase goes to in the centre of the pic... obviously down to the river...
was there like a platform there?

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2010, 23:43:03 »

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2009, 23:19:24 »
Isnt the road bridge now the old train bridge that went to chatham central and rochester goods yard.
yep,one of them is/was.

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2009, 22:48:16 »
Isnt the road bridge now the old train bridge that went to chatham central and rochester goods yard.

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2009, 12:35:38 »
 :)

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2009, 16:23:26 »
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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2009, 15:57:11 »
a good family friend told me that she was the telephone opperator in the wingets building in the corner office an as such had to sound the air raid warning for the factory to send the workforce into the shelters. she herself was not allowed to leave her post an was built a steel box in her office that she had to run into at the last moment before the bomb hit. her husband also remembers a plan to build a ramp from the end of the bridge strood side to take traffic around the outside of the factory if the main A2 was blocked in strood highstreet as this was the only way through to london. He was for some time writing a book on the history of the medway towns though never compleated it and is digging out his research for me. hope fullg i can put some of it on this forum.

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2008, 21:51:09 »
Ill try to find it ???
It said something like "They retreated across the floating "stone" bridge when the tide was right ???
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2008, 21:05:34 »
Was there ever a floating bridge at Rochester ???
I read an account of the seige of Rochester Castle and im sure it mentioned a floating bridge.
I can't find any mention of a floating bridge at Rochester ???

They often used pontoon bridges in the Siege Operations on the Cumberland lines though.

I did find this...
In the 1264 Siege on the Castle,Earl Simon de Montfort got across the river "by a certain most subtle device" involving a fire-ship loaded with pitch,coal,sulpher and fat bacon...used,it would seem,to fire the bridge,or possibly to provide a smoke screen while his forces crossed the river.


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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008, 20:08:29 »
Was there ever a floating bridge at Rochester ???
I read an account of the seige of Rochester Castle and im sure it mentioned a floating bridge.
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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Re: Rochester Bridge
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2008, 18:37:08 »
Copy of photograph of triumphal arch on the Rochester foot of Rochester Bridge, built to mark the coronation of King Edward VII, looking from the end of Rochester High Street through the arch along the bridge. Showing adult and juvenile foot passengers. Original exposed 1902.

Can't find when it was removed but i would assume it was during road widening for increased traffic.

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Rochester Bridge
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2008, 17:03:29 »
A selection of pictures showing the changes to this very important and well used bridge...

























All pics borrowed from Medway Cityark site  ;D

 

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