British Listed Buildings

History in Structure

If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

We need to upgrade the server that this website runs on. Can you spare a quid to help?.

Cathedral Cloister Buildings, Rochester

Description: Cathedral Cloister Buildings

Grade: I
Date Listed: 24 October 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 173120

OS Grid Reference: TQ7425768489
OS Grid Coordinates: 574257, 168489
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3887, 0.5031

Location: College Yard, Strood, Medway ME1 1SR

Locality: Rochester
County: Medway
Country: England
Postcode: ME1 1SR

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!

There is also a scheduled monument, Remains of Rochester Priory cloister, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

7/8 gateway to Precinct
(see College Yard)


9/188 Cathedral Cloister
Buildings Formerly listed
as College Green)

Ruins of claustral buildings of the cathedral priory of Christ and the BVM (see ref 7 and 9/193; also the Cloister Gate, ref 9/189). Mostly C12, but with early C13 modifications; the cloister is unusual in that it adjoins the S parts of the E end of the cathedral (rather than the S nave aisle and main transept). Mainly ragstone. little survuves above ground level of the S range except the Cloister Gate (ref 1/189). To the S, the site of the Refectory, with round-headed opeingings and (immediately being) a tiny 2-bay vaulted C13 Lavatorium entered through a pointed arch with a cusped inner order, decorated with dog-tooth; shafts keeled. (These reminas and the associated walling which may incoperated Roman materials, lie beneath and partly underpin the C19 Garth and Cloister Houses, see rafts 9/191 and 9/192). to the E, intersecting blank arcading, doorway to former Dormitory middle third of C12, with Tournai marble shafts (a great rarity in England) and a weathered relief of the Sacrifice of Isaac. To the left tripartite entrance to the Chapter House with lancets above connected by blind niches. Chapter House retangular on plan, intersecting wall arcading with some C15 alterations. the Chapter House is connected to the King's School (ref 9/190). for detailed description and evaluation see Newman, West Kent and the Weald, Buildings of England (2nd ed, 1980 reprint) pp 486-7)

Listing NGR: TQ7425768489

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.