The Friends of Rochester Cathedral

In 1935 a group of people founded The Friends of Rochester Cathedral to help finance the maintenance of the fabric and grounds of Rochester Cathedral.

Over the intervening years its membership has grown, with many overseas Friends, but the Cathedral always needs Friends. Members do not need to be of the Christian faith or, indeed, of any religious faith, but simply share our concern for our beautiful heritage. We are stewards for our lifetime of an inheritance which we wish to be passed on for the benefit of future generations.

The Friends have helped to fund projects in and around the Cathedral varying from just a few pounds to six figure sums. During the last 50 years, the Friends have granted over £1,250,000 to the Dean and Chapter.

A grant of £7,500 is made annually towards the upkeep of the Garth (Cloister gardens).


Moneys are raised from gifts and legacies as well as membership subscriptions and social activities. 

Legacies are a particularly valuable source of income as charities are outside Inheritance Tax levels and consequently a gift to a registered charity is exempt from Inheritance Tax and therefore assists in reducing such liability on a deceased person’s estate. Past generous legacies fund a considerable amount of the Friends’ resources and further legacies will enable the Friends to finance further projects.

If you would like to make a legacy, please call the Administrator on 01634 832142.

We are always delighted to welcome new members

If you would like to join us, please download a Membership Application Form here.

The Friends' publications

The Muscle and the Rose: The Life and Times of Samuel Reynolds Hole
Dean of Rochester, 1887 – 1904
By Canon Dr Philip Hesketh. 
Published 2013 (Price £3 + p&p)

Rochester Bells
Published 2008 (Price £2 + p&p)

Cathedral Curiosities: A guide to the unexpected in Rochester Cathedral
Published 2009 (Price £4 + p&p)

Cathedral Windows (8 page illustrated leaflet)
Published 2011 (Price £2 + p&p)

Heraldry in Rochester Cathedral (8 page illustrated leaflet)
Published 2012 (Price £2 + p&p)

Special Offer: Rochester Bells and Cathedral Curiosities may be purchased together for the special price of £5 + p&p

Recent Articles

The Friends’ Annual Reports often include articles on the fabric and history of the Cathedral, past copies of these frequently being cited in research. Click here to download a list of recent articles

The Friends of Rochester Cathedral is a registered charity, governed by a written constitution and administered by the Council of Friends who are elected annually on a rotating basis. Our Patron is HRH The Duchess of Kent, GCVO.

Registered Charity Number 273973