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Bridge work reveals original structure of Rochester Bridge which was built more than 150 years ago

Work at Rochester Bridge uncovered part of the old structure built more than 150 years ago.

The Victorian wall on the approach ramp at the Strood end of the bridge was designed by Sir William Cubitt, one of the most versatile civil engineers of the mid 19th century.

Its sandy brown bricks gave a glimpse of how part of the original bridge would have looked.

The Victorian facade uncovered due repair works
The Victorian facade uncovered due repair works

Engineer Tim Belcher-Whyte said: “It was given a facelift 60 years later in 1914 when the bridge was reconstructed into its current form and the original ramp was hidden.

“What we’re now uncovering is the original fabric of the older Victorian bridge.”

The original stone of the wall has been covered by a new facade as work has now been completed.

Bridge clerk at the Rochester Bridge Trust, Sue Threader, said: “To be able to see these bricks revealed is a rare opportunity before a new façade is built, hiding this historic wall for the next 150 years and beyond.”

Rochester Bridge on Strood side
Rochester Bridge on Strood side

Over the centuries there have been three bridges built at Rochester. The first was the Roman bridge constructed during Claudius’ Empire in 43AD.

The subsequent medieval bridge had stone arches and was built in the 14th century after a royal commission was appointed to repair the ruined Roman bridge.

The Victorian Bridge dates back to 1856 and this was later reconstructed to create the Old Bridge we have today.

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