A-Z of Rochester
- Yvonne Moxley
15th July 2024
Rochester’s position on the River Medway, near where it joins the Thames, has meant that it has played an important historical role for centuries. Beyond its Norman castle and cathedral and many ancient buildings, the town is surrounding by fortifications as it was a potential target for invaders, although in 1667 the Dutch were able to raid Rochester and set fire to a large number of English naval ships. The historic character of Rochester remains today with its annual Sweeps Festival and two festivals a year celebrating Dickens who had lived nearby. The town has the only museum in the country celebrating the Huguenots.
A-Z of Rochester reveals the history behind Rochester, its streets and buildings, businesses and the people connected with the town. Alongside the famous historical connections, are unusual characters, tucked away places and unique events that are less well-known. Readers will discover tales of a Victorian botanical illustrator, a Saxon saint and a celebrated Elizabethan Clerk of the Navy, among many other fascinating facts in this A-Z tour of Rochester’s history. It is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in this historic Kent town.