- Philip MacDougall
15th March 2019
Rochester in Kent has long been a strategically important town, guarding the lowest crossing of the River Medway. The diocese of Rochester dates back to the early seventh century and the Normans built both an imposing castle and a cathedral in the town following the Conquest. In later years Charles Dickens lived in Rochester and based many of his novels on the area, and the town was also home to Short Brothers’ aircraft manufacturing company, where it built its famous flying boats and seaplanes.
Secret Rochester explores the lesser-known episodes and characters in the history of Rochester through the centuries. Among these were a highly profitable scam operated by the monks of the cathedral, a very successful spy ring operating on behalf of the German kaiser, the secret hideout of James II and a secret new aircraft developed at the airport during the Second World War. With tales of remarkable characters and unusual events, and fully illustrated throughout, it will appeal to all those with an interest in this town in Kent.