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Rochester Cathedral
Cathedral Church of Christ
and the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rochester Cathedral

Shown within Kent

Coordinates: 51°23′20″N 0°30′12″E / 51.388962°N 0.503293°E / 51.388962; 0.503293
OS grid reference TQ 74273 68521
Location Rochester, Kent
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Previous denomination Roman Catholic
Website rochestercathedral.org
History
Former name(s) Priory of St Andrew
(604–1542)
Founded 604
Founder(s) St Justus
Consecrated 604
Significant past bishop(s) John Fisher
Nicholas Ridley
Architecture
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 24 October 1950
Architect(s) Gundulf of Rochester
Style Norman, Gothic
Years built 1079–1238
Bells 10 (full circle)
Tenor bell weight 30 long cwt 14 lb (3,374 lb or 1,530 kg)
Administration
Diocese Rochester (since 604)
Province Canterbury
Clergy
Archbishop Justin Welby
Bishop(s) James Langstaff
Dean Philip Hesketh
Precentor Matthew Rushton
Canon(s) Sue Brewer (Borstal)
Chris Dench (IME)
Canon Missioner Rachel Phillips (Mission & Growth)
Laity
Director of music vacant
Business manager Simon Lace

Rochester Cathedral is a Norman church in Rochester, Kent, and the cathedral of the Anglican diocese of Rochester. It was originally founded in 604 AD, and rebuilt by the Normans. The present church was consecrated in 1130. It became a place of pilgrimage after William of Perth was murdered nearby in 1201.

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