In 604 AD Æthelberht, King of Kent, granted land in and around the Roman town of Rochester to Justus, on a mission from Rome to convert the Kentish peoples to Christianity. Bishop Justus’ constructed a cathedral dedicated to St Andrew ‘from the foundations’, probably from re-used Roman materials.
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This Anglo-Saxon cathedral stood for nearly 500 years until the remains of its saints were translated into the recently constructed Norman cathedral and the building was demolished. Its materials were probably reused in the construction of the west façade.
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