The City of Rochester Society was founded in 1967 to help conserve the historic City as a pleasant place to visit. The Society is still active today, helping to improve the environment and quality of life in Rochester for residents and visitors alike. Since its formation, the Society has been active in many ways to the benefit of Rochester and its people.
- The Society was formed following the successful campaign against a road scheme which, had it gone ahead, would have spoilt a large part of the old City. Building development on attractive green open spaces in the City centre and Borstal was prevented through the Society’s actions.
- The Society helped prevent the demolition of one of the oldest houses in the High Street, which has since prospered as a popular restaurant.
- The City of Rochester Society was involved in the establishment of the City’s conservation area.
- The Society has planted many trees in central Rochester, refurbished historic plaques and cleaned up a number of neglected areas.
- Society members conduct walking tours of the historic City for visitors and act as couriers on coaches exploring the surrounding countryside.
- The Society organises the popular Traditional Craft Fair during the City’s twice yearly Charles Dickens festival.
The City of Rochester Society is a charity organisation, Registration No.252603.