Treasures of Rochester Cathedral

Date:22nd July 2017


Location:Rochester Cathedral, Garth House, Rochester. ME1 1SX

On Saturday, 22nd July, Canon in Residence, Rev Rachel Phillips, will give members a very special tour of the Cathedral, including a visit to the library to view some of its treasures, such as a magnificent copy of the Great Bible of Henry VIII. This exciting event is at the invitation of the Dean and we hope that as many members as possible will take advantage of this opportunity. We will meet at the Welcome Desk, which is situated in the North Transept of the Cathedral, at 1.30pm, to meet Canon Phillips and start the tour. Evensong will be at 3.15pm.

Also on display, in the new crypt exhibition space, is Textus Roffensis: the Book of Rochester; the foundational document of English Law. The unique manuscript contains English laws going back to 600AD, formulated in first Christian kingdom in Kent, in the time after the mission of St Augustine in 597AD. It has been described as rarer than Magna Carta and it has pictures! As this is a self-explanatory exhibition it will not be part of our tour. We suggest that you allow half an hour before our tour or visit in the morning. Admission to the exhibition costs £3, and can be paid on the day. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm, so it will not be possible to visit after Evensong.

 For those with stamina wishing to spend the day in Rochester there are many other places of interest including the ruins of the castle, the Guildhall Museum and the Six Poor Travellers’ House in the High Street. We would warmly recommend a visit the Huguenot Museum which is located above the Visitor Information Centre at 95 High Street, opposite the Cathedral. It is also accessible from Corporation Street (A2) and the new railway station. It opens at 10am. Admission for adults is £4 with Concessions at £3.

 Unfortunately the Cathedral café has closed but there are many other places to eat in Rochester including Nancy’s Café, on the ground floor of the Visitors Centre, where it is possible to have a light hot or cold lunch. Both the Museum and Visitors Centre have disabled access and good loos. There are several car parks off Corporation Street (A2), smaller ones on the High Street side and larger ones on the station side, all within easy walking distance of the Cathedral.

Please indicate your intention to come no later than Tuesday, 11th July by phone, e-mail:

Telephone: 01732 461462


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