Books and articles about Rochester cathedral.
Grose’s drawing of ‘Gundulph’s Tower’ published in volume 3 of his Antiquities of England and Wales in 1783.
Denne’s account of the history of Rochester cathedral, published in John Thorpe, Custumale Roffense (London, 1788), pp. 153–242.
The sedilia in the presbytery drawn by John Carter for the Society of Antiquaries (Vetusta monumenta, vol. 3, plate 5, no. 2). The plate is dated 23 April 1790.
The first-ever guidebook to Rochester cathedral, produced by a Rochester printer. Scissors-and-paste throughout, except perhaps the last three pages.
Reports from the Gentleman’s Magazine, Jan. and Sep. 1825.
Drawn for A. J. Kempe, exhibited by him at a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries, and published in Archaeologia, vol. 25, part 1 (1833), pl. 8.
Six views and a plan of Rochester cathedral, published in 1836.
The description of Rochester cathedral supplied by Thomas Moule.
Full text. The author’s name does not appear, but there was never any mystery about it.
The written-up version of a lecture delivered by the architect Arthur Ashpitel at the BAA congress in Rochester, 26 July 1853..
The description given here is of very little value in itself – but it formed the basis for two subsequent descriptions (King 1861, 1876) of rather greater interest.
King’s description of Rochester cathedral. The second file contains the illustrations, eight views and a schematic plan.
A lecture delivered in July 1863, at the Archaeological Institute’s congress in Rochester, never written up for publication.
A revised version of King’s description of Rochester cathedral, incorporating a mass of new information, much of it supplied by Irvine. When Hope arrived in Rochester in 1881, this would have been the best available description of the cathedral, and I assume that he would have bought himself a copy.
Published in Archaeologia Cantiana, 11 (1877), 1–9.
Published in Archaeologia Cantiana, 13 (1880), 141–5.
Letterpress from a revised and updated edition of ‘Winkles’s Cathedrals’.
George Henry Palmer was born in Rochester in 1871 and educated at the King’s School. He joined the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1889, becoming keeper of the library in 1897. He retired from that post in 1931 and died in 1945 (Times, 5 Jul. 1945, p. 7). Official publications aside, this was his only book. A second edition, slightly revised, appeared in 1899 (see below).
Full text. Only slightly revised, but some of the changes are worth noting.
This edition was reissued, with corrections, in 1907. Not having seen the book, I cannot say what the corrections amount to; but I assume that Palmer would have wanted to say something about the new spire, completed in 1904.