Timeline

Welcome to the website of the Rochester Cathedral Research Guild. The timeline below can be used as an index to the history, architecture and archaeology of Rochester and its cathedral. Use the menu at the top of this page to view the Guild’s archive reports on its latest endeavours in recording and cataloguing the building and its history. Each section includes a bibliography for further reading. Alternatively, you can view all archive reports arranged by date here.

Select from the time period below. The archive report on the compilation of this timeline is available here.

 

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 1 mya      Prehistory      54 BCE

Britain’s prehistory spans from the time of the earliest evidence for human occupation of the archipelago around 900,000 years ago, to the first expeditions of Julius Caesar and the beginnings of British proto-history.

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 54 BCE      Roman occupation     410 CE

From Caesars expeditions to the withdrawal of the Roman legions in the face of ‘barbarian’ invasions.

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     410 CE      Anglo-Saxon era       1066 CE

The ‘Dark Age’ from the collapse of the Roman Empire to the Norman invasion of Britain. The beginnings of British history and the widespread Christianisation of Europe.

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 1066 CE     Norman period     1300 CE

Much of the standing cathedral and the castle date from the Norman period, within 150 years of the Norman invasion.

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  1300 CE    Late Middle Ages     1500 CE

From the devastation of the Black Death to the invention of the printing press and the protestant reformation.

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1500 CE     Early Modern era     1800 CE

Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries and the invention of the printing press, through the discovery of the Americas and the rise of the British Empire.

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1800 CE      Late Modern era     2018 CE

From the start of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War and the dawn of the post-modern world.

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See what’s going on at the cathedral today, and our plans for the future:

www.rochestercathedral.org

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