The Friends of Rochester Cathedral

In 1935 the Friends of Rochester Cathedral were founded to help finance the maintenance of the fabric and grounds of Rochester Cathedral (visit webpage). The Friends have helped to fund projects in and around the cathedral varying from just a few pounds to six figure sums. During the last 50 years, the Friends have granted over £1,250,000 to the Dean and Chapter.

The Friends’ annual reports often include articles on the fabric and history of the cathedral, past copies of which are currently being digitised by the Guild and made available online. Below is a list of articles of particular interest to researchers with links (in bold) to their respective annual report, where available.

Annual report for 1936

  • Wheatley, S. W. (1936) The cloister ruins of St. Andrew’s Priory, pp. .
  • Underhill, F. (1936) The Textus Roffensis, pp. .

Annual report for 1937

  • Forsyth, W. A. (1937) The work of Bishop Ernulph at Rochester, pp. .
  • Warner, E. H. (1937) John Warner 1580-1666; Bishop of Rochester 1637-1666, pp. .

Annual report for 1938

  • Cobb, E. F. (1938) Explorations on the south side of the nave, pp. .
  • Powicke, F. M. (1938) Walter de Merton, Bishop of Rochester (1274-1277), pp. .
  • Churchill, I. J. (1938) The See of Rochester in relation to the See of Canterbury during the Middle Ages, pp. .

Annual report for 1939

  • Forsyth, W. A. (1939) Restoration of the Norman cloister, pp. .
  • Dunkley, E. H. (1939) Robert Scott, Dean of Rochester (1870-1887), pp. .
  • Blackie, E. (1939) Graffiti, pp. .

Annual report for 1948

  • Gunnis, R. (1948) Some of the nave monuments and their sculptors, pp. .

Annual report for 1949

  • Bennett, H. A. (1949) The organ in Rochester Cathedral, pp. .

Annual report for 1965

  • S., R. W. (1965) [Cleaning of] The nave, pp. .

Annual report for 1969

  • Radford, C. A. R. (1969) A new fragment of pre-Conquest wall, pp. .

Annual report for 1975

  • Whyman, J. (1975) How the Victorians looked after Rochester Cathedral, pp. .

Annual report for 1983

  • Wigan, B. (1983) Whatever happened to Hamo, pp. .

Annual report for 1984

  • Arnold, J. and Arnold, A. (1984) Turbine trouble or Ralph the Frivolous and William of Turmoil – a twelfth century mystery, pp. .
  • S., H. E. C. (1984) Some glimpses into Rochester Cathedral in the 19th century, pp. .
  • Park, D. (1984) Medieval paintings in Rochester Cathedral, pp. .

Annual report for 1985

  • Arnold, F. (1985) Rochester Cathedral 1066-1137; A Saxo-Norman synthesis, pp. .
  • Stapleton, H. (1985) Rochester and Yorkshire, pp. .

Annual report for 1986

  • Trett, R. (1986) The men behind the memorials, pp. .
  • Moad, M. (1986) 17th-century military equipment from Rochester Cathedral, pp. .
  • Arnold, A. (1986) The moving statue; A case of mistaken identity?, pp. .

Annual report for 1987

  • Daniel, C. S. J. H.(1987) The old Deanery garden sundial, pp. .
  • Trett, R. (1987) Colours in the Cathedral, pp. .
  • Jones-Baker, D. (1987) Medieval graffiti, pp. .

Annual report for 1988

  • Cherry, J. (1988) Rochester silver plate in the British Museum, pp. .
  • Rickerby, S. (1988) Conservation of medieval wall paintings in Rochester Cathedral, pp. .
  • Physick, J. (1988) The later monuments at Rochester, pp. .
  • Tatten-Brown, T. (1988) The east range of the cloisters, pp. .
  • Covert, M. (1988) An exciting find [Anglo-Saxon carved stone fragment], pp. .
  • Cleggett, D. (1988) A vestment of a cope and a carpet of silk or other rich stuff, pp. .
  • Welsby, P. A. (1988) Rochester Cathedral library, pp. .
  • Arnold, A. (1988) The shrine of St. Paulinus at Rochester, pp. .

Annual report for 1989-90

  • Swanton, M. J. (1990) The decoration of Ernulf’s nave, pp. .
  • Geddes, J. (1990) Some doors in Rochester Cathedral, pp. .
  • Cleggett, D. (1990) Dean Hole at Caunton and Rochester, pp. .

Annual report for 1990-91

  • Proctor, M. G. (1991) The Northbourne pall, pp. .
  • Tatten-Brown, T. (1991) Gundulf’s tower, pp. .
  • Ward, A. (1991) Excavations at Rochester, pp. .
  • Cleggett, D. A. H. (1991) Henry VIII and Rochester Cathedral, pp. .
  • Arnold, A. (1991) The Lapidarium, pp. .
  • McAleer, J. P. (1991) The Cathedral west front; Form, function, and fashion, pp. .

Annual report for 1991-92

  • Unknown (1992) The Cottingham Years at Rochester, pp. .
  • Armson, J. (1992) [The Cathedral library’s] Many books, pp. .
  • Richards, M. P. (1992) The Gundulf bible and related manuscripts formerly in the library of St. Andrew’s, Rochester, pp. .

Annual report for 1992-93

  • McAleer, J. P. (1993) Rochester Cathedral; The west range of the cloisters, pp. .
  • Cleggett, D. A. H. (1993) Order in the choir, pp. .
  • Physick, J. (1993) The Warner monuments, pp. .

Annual report for 1993-94

  • Gunnis, R. (1994) Some of the nave monuments and their sculptors, pp. .
  • Grainge, C. (1994) A Rochester manuscript used as Norman propaganda; To justify the Norman conquest of England, pp. .
  • Tatten-Brown, T. (1994) The chapter house and dormitory facade at Rochester Cathedral priory, pp. .
  • Blair, J. (1994) The Limoges enamel tomb of Bishop Walter de Merton, pp. .

Annual report for 1994-95

  • Cleggett, D. A. H. (1995) Some 19th-century alterations to the presbytery and quire, pp. .
  • Tracy, C. and Hewett, C. (1995) The early thirteenth-century choir-stalls and associated furniture at Rochester Cathedral; with drawings and carpentry notes, pp. .
  • Worsam, B. C. (1995) A guide to the building stones of Rochester Cathedral, pp. .

Annual report for 1995-96

  • Physick, J. (1996) Bishops of Rochester at Westminster, pp. .
  • West, J. (1996) A stone rejected, retained, and reconsidered, pp. .
  • Crespigny, A. F. S. (1996) The french hospital collection, pp. .

Annual report for 1996-97

  • Cleggett, D. A. H. (1997) The central tower and spire, pp. .
  • Tatten-Brown, T. (1997) The eastern crypt of Rochester Cathedral, pp. .
  • Unknown (1997) Introduction and reproduction of 1947 article Bishop John Warner, pp. .

Annual report for 1997-98

  • Hingley, S. (1998) Rochester Cathedral clergy and their library, pp. .
  • Richards, M. P. (1998) Early saints and celebrations at Rochester, pp. .
  • Melhuish, J. (1998) Walter de Merton, Bishop of Rochester, pp. .
  • Lea, R. (1998) The Kent bell, pp. .
  • Hebron, C. (1998) Phelps Lodge, an exhumation, pp. .
  • Tatton-Brown, T. (1998) Archaeology and Rochester Cathedral, pp. .

Annual report for 1998-99

  • Ward, A. (1999) Saxon roots, pp. .
  • Tatton-Brown, T. (1999) A decade of archaeology, pp. .
  • Cleggett, D. (1999) Dean Scott, pp. .
  • Forman, C. (1999) The inventory, pp. .
  • Physick, J. (1999) Look where you walk!, pp. .

Annual report for 1999-2000

  • Physick, J. (2000) A unique survey of cathedral maintenance, pp. .
  • Flight, C. (2000) The bells and bell towers of Rochester Cathedral in the early thirteenth century, pp. .

Annual report for 2000-01

  • Tatton-Brown, T. (2001) The Jesus altar area of the north transept in Rochester Cathedral, pp. .

Annual report for 2001-02

  • Miles, D. and Tatton-Brown, T. (2002) The Gundulf door, pp. .

Annual report for 2002-03

  • Flight, C. (2003) The west portal and its sculptures, pp. .
  • Cleggett, D. (2003) Bishop Thomas Sprat, pp. .
  • Canterbury Arch. Trust (2003) The Anglo-Saxon cathedral, pp. .

Annual report for 2003-04

  • Barnard, D. (2003-04) Bishop Fisher and Rochester, pp. .
  • Claggett, D. A. H. (2004) Dean Clagett – a glimpse of the 18th-century Cathedral, pp. .

Annual report for 2004-05

  • Cleggett, D. A. H. (2005) A sorry tale; The cathedral in the second half of the eighteenth century, pp. .
  • Tatton-Brown, T. (2005) The burial places of the Bishops of Rochester, pp. .

Annual report for 2005-06

  • Cleggett, D. A. H. (2006) Dr. John Harris, D. D., encyclopaedist, pp. .
  • Cleggett, D. A. H. (2006) The cathedral in 1800, pp. .
  • Milligan, B. (2006) Bishop Spratt – a Beaminster Bishop, pp. .

Annual report for 2007

  • Hacker, L. (2007) The font – A closer look, pp. .

Annual report for 2007-08

  • Sears, J. (2008) A Bishop and a Dean, pp. .

Annual report for 2008-09

  • Blair, S. (2009) William of Perth, pp. .

Annual report for 2009-10

  • Salter, P. (2010) Gundulf the man – Bishop of Rochester 1077-1108, pp. .

Annual report for 2010-11

  • McLean, A. and Prior, J. (2011) The Bishops of Rochester; an analysis, pp. .

Annual report for 2011-12

  • Keevill, G. (2012) Adrian’s wall, pp. .

Annual report for 2013-14

  • Cleggett, D. A. H. (2014) The tale of Nicholas Claggett – part II, pp. .

Annual report for 2014-15

  • Keevill, G. (2015) Archaeologist’s report, pp. .

Annual report for 2015-2016

  • Keevill, G. (2016) Archaeologist’s report, pp. 7-13.
  • Farrell, S. (2016) The cathedral’s organ, pp. 14-16.

Annual report for 2016-2017

  • Scott, J. (2017) Rochester Cathedral Research Guild; A summary of the first year’s work, pp. 6-8.
  • Keevill, G. (2017) Archaeologist’s report, pp. 11-16.
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