|604AD||Saxon cathedral built on land donated by King Ethelbert. The Saxon historian Bede tells us that Justus, first Bishop of Rochester, was consecrated here by St Augustine|
|1082||The Benedictine Priory of St Andrew was established by Gundulf (the first Norman Bishop) and remained until the dissolution of the monastery in 1540|
|1083||The building of the present Nave was begun by Bishop Gundulf, a Benedictine monk from Bec in France|
|1130||The Norman Cathedral was consecrated on Ascension Day. Henry I attended the ceremony|
|1137c||Fires destroyed the wooden roof of the Nave and damaged the Quire|
|1180||Work began on re-building in the Gothic style, starting with the Quire|
|1201||William of Perth was murdered nearby. Pilgrims visiting his shrine brought in money to help the monks re-build the cathedral|
|1200c||The Presbytery was begun, and roofed in by 1214|
|1215||The cathedral was plundered when King John held it against the rebel barons. It was later desecrated by Simon de Montfort’s troops when they captured the city|
|1227||The new Quire was consecrated|
|1240c||The North Transept was built. The South Transept, originally used as a Lady Chapel, was built a few decades later|
|1340c||Hamo de Hythe vaulted the Transepts, raised the central tower and spire, and re-decorated the Quire. The Chapter Library door depicts his soul rising to heaven|
|1440c||The present Nave clerestory replaced a smaller Romanesque one, and the Great West window was put in place|
|1490c||The present Lady Chapel, the latest part of the cathedral, was enlarged as a Quire for the new-style polyphonic choirs who sang at the Lady Chapel altar in the South Transept|
|1542||A new foundation of a Dean and six Canons was established and the cathedral dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary|
|1642||Cathedral was damaged by Cromwell’s soldiers|
|1825||The South Quire Transept was strengthened by L N Cottingham|
|1872||Major restoration work was carried out by George Gilbert Scott|
|1904||The present tower and spire were dedicated|
|2004||1400th anniversary of the cathedral and the diocese of Rochester. Dedication of the Fresco. More details about the Fresco are available in the Panoramic Tour.|
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