Rochester, Kent: Old Photos And Film

Rochester lost its 800-year-old city status in 1998 by what may have been an administrative oversight. Thankfully, the Norman Castle and Cathedral still remain!

Rochester In The 1920s

New War Memorial Rochester (1920)

Published on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé. Rochester, Kent. 

Intertitle: “In Memoriam.  Admiral Sturdee unveils stained glass window to memory of officers and crew of H.M.S. VANGUARD.”

The admiral accompanied by several dignitaries and smartly dressed women enter Rochester Cathedral, the men remove their hats as they go in.  Several uniformed gentlemen, including the admiral, get into a car. M/S of smartly dressed people, including several men in naval uniforms, coming out of the cathedral.    

The hospital of St. Bartholomew, Rochester, Kent (1929)

Published on 19 Nov 2013 by Wellcome Library. A portrait of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, Rochester, which claims to be Britain’s oldest hospital between the Wars, emphasising the hospital’s diverse relations with the economy and society of the Medway towns and its dependence on voluntary work and charitable donations by the public.

Rochester In The 1930s

Composite Aircraft Ready For Test Flight Aka Rochester (1937)

Published on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé. Title reads: “Rochester”.

Their Majesties At Rochester (1939)

Published on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé. Rochester, Kent.

Rochester In The 1950s

The Last Parade (1951)

Published on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé. Item title reads – The Last Parade. 

Funerals take place of 20 of the 24 cadets killed by a bus whilst out on a night march. Rochester, Kent. 

M/S Rochester cathedral. M/S’s of relatives arriving at the cathedral.  M/S Royal Marine officers outside cathedral. M/S of other cadets outside the cathedral. M/S Aldermen from Medway towns walking in procession. M/S cathedral. M/S mass of wreathes at graveside. C/U of one wreath. M/S as man places bunches of violets at head of each grave. C/U cross bearing name ‘Burdett, John’. Royal Marines carry the draped coffins from the cathedral. 

L/S Marines with coffins walking towards naval lorries. Camera pans across coffin. M/S two sailors saluting. M/S of coffins on lorry as it moves away. M/S as Royal Marine pall bearers line up and stand to attention. M/S pan coffins as lorry moves past. M/S back view of lorries moving past pall bearers. M/S flag on Rochester Castle at half mast. C/U sailor at cemetery, saluting. M/S coffins being carried towards graves. M/S mourners, including a busman. M/S of coffins being placed by graveside. M/S pallbearers removing flags etc. from the coffins. Various shots of mourners crying as they stand by the graves.  M/S of pall bearers stood with the coffins.

Rochester In The 1980s 

Tower block Demolition | Demolition | Rochester | TV Eye | 1980s

Published on 15 Oct 2018 by ThamesTv. The demolition of a 12 story tower block in Rochester Kent in the 1980s. Silent footage.

Rochester In The 1990s

Rochester Market

Published on 18 Nov 2012 by boncyballbag. Rochester Market in the 1990s

Rochester In The 21st Century

Rochester High Street (kent,UK) old buildings

Published on 2 Aug 2008 by angelinsatin.

Strood, Rochester, Kent UK

Published on 22 Oct 2009 by Joe Blunt. A drive through Strood at 9.30am on 22/10/2009, from Frindesbury Hill to Marlowe Park via Station Road, Commercial Road, Knights Road, Cuxton Road, Cedar Road, Holly Road, Lilac Road onto Marlowe Park.

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