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Rochester is an ancient town on the banks of the River Medway, south east of London. It was the second bishopric established in England after Canterbury. It lies on the route laid down by the Ancient Romans which is known as Watling Street from London and beyond to the English Channel ports. Building of the cathedral was commenced in 604 AD. It contains many tombs including that of Bishop Merton, founder of the Oxford college in 1264.

The castle keep is the highest in England. The castle was designed by Bishop Gundulf, who also designed the White Tower, the central keep in the Tower of London. Rochester's keep is the third largest in England after London and Dover. A statue of Gundulf is on the rood screen immediately to the right of the door from the nave to the chancel of Rochester cathedral.

The massive tree just ouside of the West door of the cathedral is rare in England. It is an American Bean Tree and is reputed to be over 100 years old.

The map and photos on the site can be viewed in a "Lightbox" which will adjust to the size of your screen. They are also held in galleries.

To open a gallery, simply click on one of the thumbnails. The image will open in the lightbox. Clicking or tapping on the right side of the image will move forward through the gallery. Tapping on the left side will move backwards. Clicking on the X or outside of the lightbox will close the gallery. If you have a mousewheel, you can use that to scroll through the gallery.

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WARNING! The large images are in high definition and the files are consequently quite big. They may take a while to download to your browser if you have a slow connection.

Links to other cathedrals

Other cathedrals in England Bury St Edmunds, Canterbury, Peterborough,Tewkesbury
Cathedrals elsewhere Joan of Arc Rouen, Lourdes Basilica, Rouen Cathedral,, Segrada Familia St Denis de Paris

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