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Gundulf, the Norman monk responsible for the design and construction of the Tower of London, was given the see of Rochester. He started the construction of a tower at Rochester that formed part of the church and is its oldest above-ground part,
Gundulf became Bishop of Rochester, remaining there for thirty years and where he is buried.
The abbey church at Gloucester built by Abbot Serlo was dedicated by Samson the Bishop of Worcester, Gundulph the Bishop of Rochester and Harvey Bishop of Bangor.
Gundulf's thirty year career of magnificent castle and cathedral design and construction came to an end with his death. His plans for the reconstruction of Rochester Cathedral were left incomplete. It was not until 1115 that construction work was to resume under the direction of Ernulf. ¹
Construction of Rochester Cathedral's nave commenced in 1115 and was finished in around 1130. ¹
On the same day that Henry I attended the consecration of Rochester Cathedral, a fire took hold in the city and damaged the newly finished building.
Only seven years after another serious occurrence, fire again broke out in Rochester and damaged the Cathedral.
Work on the West front of Rochester Cathedral began in 1150. ¹
In 1177 or 1179 another fire took hold in the city of Rochester damaging the Cathedral.
Building work on eastern area of the Cathedral at Rochester began in around 1200 and continued until 1227. ¹
Work on the north transept of Rochester Cathedral took place between 1240 and 1255. ¹
Rebuilding work on the South Transept and nave of Rochester Cathedral commenced in 1280. ¹
Under the direction of Bishop Hamo de Hythe the construction of a new central tower was begun ¹
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