Timeline: Late Modern period

 1 mya      Prehistory      54 BCE

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 54 BCE      Roman occupation     410 CE

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     410 CE      Anglo-Saxon era       1066 CE

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 1066 CE     Norman period     1299 CE

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  1300 CE    Late Middle Ages     1499 CE

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1500 CE     Early Modern era     1799 CE

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1800 CE      Late Modern era     2018 CE
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The twelfth-century crypt of Rochester Cathedral, renovated with new floors and lighting installed in 2015.
1825 The South Quire Transept is strengthened by L N Cottingham. Various windows and arches are opened up and in one of them the tomb of Bishop John de Sheppey is discovered.
1840 The pulpit and bishop’s throne are rebuilt. The removal of the old pulpit revealed the medieval Wheel of Fortune painting to be seen at the eastern end of the choir stalls today. It is said to be the oldest such painting in England. A new ceiling of the crossing, canopy for the tomb of John de Sheppey, cleaning whitewash and the renovation of the crypt all occurred at this time.
1872 Major restoration work was carried out by George Gilbert Scott.
1888 In memory of Dean Scott the quire screen was decorated with the current statues by J. Loughborough Pearson. Pearson also superintended the 1888 restoration of the west front, parts of the facing of which were separating from the core. The flanking towers were restored to the original height and form and the north gable turret rendered as a copy of its partner to the south. During this work the ancient foundations of the original church were uncovered and marked out.
1904 The present tower and spire were dedicated.
World War II breaks out, lasting until 1945. 1939 The spire is used as a lookout during bombing raids and sandbags are built up around the west doors to protect its twelfth-century sculpture.
1998 The precinct beyond the Great West Door was being repaved when further Saxon foundations were uncovered.
2004 For the 1400th anniversary of the diocese a new fresco was painted by Russian icon-painter Sergei Fyodorov.
2015 A new floor and exhibition space is installed in the Crypt. During ground works the east end of Bishop Gundulf’s Early Norman cathedral are uncovered.

See whats going on at the cathedral today: www.rochestercathedral.org