Graffiti and paint

Research Guild archive reports

RCL16r01 A photographic survey of a thirteenth-century figurative decorative scheme at Rochester Cathedral

A photographic survey of 62 elements of a thirteenth-century figurative decorative scheme located on vertical surfaces across twelfth and thirteenth-century fabric in the nave, sanctuary, crypt and on the west facade of Rochester Cathedral.

RCL17r06 A photographic survey of ship graffiti at Rochester Cathedral

A photographic survey of 12 medieval ship graffiti on a pier in the south nave arcade and 3 on a pier in the crypt of Rochester Cathedral. These forms of graffiti are thought to be a form of ex-voto cult mark of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of those in peril on the sea.

RCL17r07 A photographic survey of cross and crucifix graffiti at Rochester Cathedral

A photographic survey of 46 cross and crucifix graffiti at Rochester Cathedral. This form of graffiti has previously been thought to be associated with pilgrimage, although evidence for this relationship at Rochester is perhaps lacking based on so few examples in comparison to other forms.

RCL17r08 A photographic survey of arc, circle and multifoil graffiti at Rochester Cathedral

A photographic survey of 181 arc, circle and multifoil graffiti at Rochester Cathedral, thought to be of a votive nature. This form of graffiti in particular can be seen at Rochester Cathedral to cluster around spiritually significant areas of the medieval building.

RCL17r09 A photographic survey of heraldic, pictorial and symbolic graffiti at Rochester Cathedral

A photographic survey of 17 heraldic graffiti and 57 other pictorial and symbolic graffiti at Rochester Cathedral.

RCL17r10 A photographic survey of bordered inscription graffiti from Rochester Cathedral

A photographic survey of 117 bordered inscription graffiti at Rochester Cathedral, possible of a funerary or commemorative nature.

RCL17r11 A photographic survey of cult mark graffiti from Rochester Cathedral [draft]

A photographic survey of 127 symbolic graffiti at Rochester Cathedral, largely in the form of a W or two overlapping V letters, that are thought to be marks of the cult of the Virgin Mary. Stylised forms of the letters A and I are also surveyed.

RCL18r04 A photographic survey of masons marks in the crypt and choir of Rochester Cathedral [draft]

A photographic survey of twelfth-century masons marks in the crypt and choir of Rochester Cathedral.

RCL18r05 A photographic survey of masons marks in the nave of Rochester Cathedral [draft]

A photographic survey of twelfth or early thirteenth-century masons marks in the nave of Rochester Cathedral.

RCL18r06 A photographic survey of paintings and decorative schemes at Rochester Cathedral [draft]

A photographic survey of paintings and painted decorative schemes at Rochester Cathedral.

RCL18r09 A photographic survey of alphanumeric graffiti at Rochester Cathedral [draft]

A photographic survey of alphanumeric graffiti at Rochester Cathedral, dating from the medieval to the modern era.

General bibliography (by date)

Robertson, W. A. S. (1876) On wall-painting around the choir of Rochester Cathedral. Archaeologia Cantiana, 010.07. Maidstone: Kent Archaeological Society. Available at:

http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/010%20-%201876/010-07.pdf

Messenger, A. W. B. (1927) Rochester Cathedral Heraldry Before A.D. 1800. Archaeologia Cantiana, 039.06. Maidstone: Kent Archaeological Society. Available at:

http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/Vol.039%20-%201927/039-06.pdf

Blackie, E. (1939) Graffiti. Friends of Rochester Cathedral annual report for 1939. Rochester: Friends of Rochester Cathedral.

Swanton, M. J. (1979) A mural palimpsest from Rochester Cathedral. The Archaeological Journal, Volume 136, 1979 – Issue 1. Maidstone: Kent Archaeological Society. Available at:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00665983.1979.11020497

Park, D. (1984) Medieval paintings in Rochester Cathedral. Friends of Rochester Cathedral annual report for 1984. Rochester: Friends of Rochester Cathedral.

Perry Lithgow Partnership (1985) Wallpaintings in the Crypt [Bay 18 and adjacent soffits F and G]. Perry Lithgow Partnership conservation record. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1985-01

Perry Lithgow Partnership (1987) Rochester Cathedral [William of Perth tomb c. 1350 and Crypt Eastern end, South East bay]. Perry Lithgow Partnership treatment record. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1987-02

Courtauld Institute of Art (1987) Rochester Cathedral: Report on Conservation of the wall paintings; William of Perth tomb c. 1350 and Crypt Eastern end, South East bay. Courtauld Institute of Art treatment record. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1987-03

Jones-Baker, D. (1987) Medieval graffiti. Friends of Rochester Cathedral annual report for 1987. Rochester: Friends of Rochester Cathedral.

Alof, M. (1988) The Crypt of Rochester Cathedral, Kent: A study into moisture related deterioration of the wall paintings and stone work. Final-year project, Conservation of Wall Painting Department, Courtauld Institute of Art. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1988-03

Courtauld Institute of Art (1988) Rochester Cathedral: Report on the conservation of the wall paintings January – April 1988. Courtauld Institute of Art treatment record. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1988-04

Perry Lithgow Partnership (1988) Rochester Cathedral; [Crypt] Bays 33, 40 and 18. Perry Lithgow Partnership treatment record. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1988-05

Rickerby, S. (1988) Conservation of medieval wall paintings in Rochester Cathedral. Friends of Rochester Cathedral annual report for 1997-1988. Rochester: Friends of Rochester Cathedral.

Martindale, P. C. (1993) Report On The Conservation Of Painted Masonry Pattern On North Wall of Northern Transept in Eastern Crossing of Rochester Cathedral. Martindale archive report. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1993-01

Perry Lithgow Partnership (1993) The Wheel of Fortune; Rochester Cathedral. Perry Lithgow Partnership conservation report. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1993-02

Martindale, P. C. (1994) Investigation of Paint Traces on the Ribs, and Carved Arcade/Window Jambs in the Clerestory of the Presbytery; Rochester Cathedral. P. Martindale archive report. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1994-02

Martindale P. C. (1994) The reconstruction of the rib decoration and small conservation works carried out in the presbytery of Rochester Cathedral during the period 17 August – 29 November 1994. P. Martindale archive report. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1994-03

Perry Lithgow Partnership (1996) Rochester Cathedral: Crypt; 1996 Wall Painting conservation programme [St Ithamar Chapel]. Perry Lithgow Partnership conservation record. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/1996-01

Lithgow, R. (2002) Wall Painting Condition Survey; Rochester Cathedral; The Crypt Vaulting Bay 13. Perry Lithgow Partnership archive report. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/2002-01

Perry Lithgow Partnership (2004) Rochester Cathedral: Crypt vault paintings; Conservation of the spandrel in bay 13. Perry Lithgow Partnership conservation record. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/2004-01

Jacobs, B. D. (2005) The medieval wall paintings of Rochester Cathedral. Submitted for the degree of Master of Arts. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/2005-01

Prigeon, E. E. (2008) Saint Christopher wall paintings in English and Welsh churches. PhD thesis.

Perry Lithgow Partnership (2014) Rochester Cathedral Crypt; Medieval Paintings and Plasters – Conservation Project; Phase 1: Interim Treatment Record October 2014. Perry Lithgow Partnership archive report.  Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/2014-01

Perry Lithgow Partnership (2015) Investigations to assess the effects of laser cleaning (Notes on sampling strategy discussions – Feb. 2015). Perry Lithgow Partnership archive report. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/2015-01

Lithgow, R. (2016) Rochester Cathedral Crypt; Medieval Paintings and Plasters – Conservation Project; Condition Review Following Water Ingress. Perry Lithgow Partnership archive report. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/2016-02

Tobit Curteis associates (2016) Rochester Cathedral; The conservation of the pulpitum screen painted panels: Environmental factors. Tobit Curteis Associates archive report.

Lithgow, R. (2017) Rochester Cathedral: Choir screen boards painted decoration and framed choir screen boards; Condition Survey and Treatment Proposals. Perry Lithgow Partnership archive report. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/2017-21

Perry, M. (2017) Choir screen painted decoration and framed choir screen boards; Conservation Treatment Record. Perry Lithgow Partnership archive report. Available at:

https://rochestercathedralresearchguild.org/bibliography/2017-22

Scott, J. H. (2017) Rochester Cathedral graffiti. Kent Archaeological Society newsletter, Summer 2017. Maidstone: Kent Archaeological Society.

Graham, D. (2017) History and mystery scratched on the walls. Bygone Kent magazine, November-December 2017. Faversham: Bygone Kent. Available at:

http://bygonekent.org.uk/product/nov-dec-2017/

Scott, J. H. (2018 forthcoming) Pictorial and symbolic graffiti of Rochester Cathedral. Archaeologia Cantiana, MMXVIII. Maidstone: Kent Archaeological Society.

General bibliography (by author)