Rochester (E) - UK, England

Rochester is a town in Kent, England located at the lowest bridging point of the River Medway about 30 miles (48 km) east of London. The long high street with its medieval city walls is lined by Victorian lamps and flower baskets which hang outside the little boutiques, cafes and isouvenir shops. Interesting sights include the Guildhall, the Corn Exchange, Restoration House, Eastgate House, Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral. Many of the buildings in the town centre date from the 18th century or as early as the 14th century. Prior to the Roman invasion Rochester was one of the administrative centres of the Cantiaci tribe. The Romans built the first bridge over the Medway and later the settlement was walled in stone. It was variously occupied by Celts, Jutes and/or Saxons and the medieval period saw the building of the current cathedral (1080-1130, 1227 and 1343), the building of two castles and the establishment of a significant town.