Rochester Guildhall
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Rochester Guildhall
Rochester Guildhall
Guildhall Museum
LocationHigh Street, Rochester
Coordinates51°23?27?N 0°30?10?E / 51.3909°N 0.5028°E / 51.3909; 0.5028
OS grid referenceTQ4849781080
OwnerMedway Council
Listed Building - Grade I
Designated24 October 1950
Reference no.1186145
Rochester Guildhall is located in Kent
Rochester Guildhall
Location of Rochester Guildhall in Kent

The Guildhall is an historic building located in Rochester, Kent. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]


A panel in Sir Cloudesley Shovell's ceiling

The building was constructed in 1697.[1] A notable feature is a weathervane dating from 1780 in the form of an 18th-century warship.[2] Its staircase and main hall have magnificent plaster ceilings, which were given in 1695 by Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, who was the Member of Parliament for the city of Rochester at the time.[1] The Guildhall Chamber is said to feature in the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens published in 1861.[3] The Guildhall has been part of the Guildhall Museum since 1979. (The museum extends to the building next door, built in 1909).[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "The Guildhall Including Ranges Running Parallel to Bull Lane, Rochester (1186145)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Mick the Brush gives Guildhall Museum, Rochester, weathervane a well-earned makeover". 14 February 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Charles Dickens and Rochester". I know Kent. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ 2000 Great Days Out (1998) AA (UK) ISBN 0-7495-1824-3

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