Category Medway

The Yellow Dormitory: A 1914 inscription and Robert Herrick’s Hesperides

I was really taken with this inscription in the opening pages of an early 20th-century copy of Herrick’s Hesperides, which I found tucked away in a second-hand bookshop in Rochester. It’s bound in wrinkled leather.  The dedication is dated 7th April 1914–roughly three and a half months before the outbreak of the First World War. Innocence […]

A very abridged outline history

Today, the Rochester Bridge Trust had an open day.  My curiosity was piqued by the fact my Grandmother used to work for the Trust, and we went to look round the offices, chapel, and boardrooms; their historic roles are still performed today. The bridge, as the Trust’s website notes, was ‘newly constructed’ in January 1393 […]