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County - Kent | Map
Tel code: 01634 | code search
Postcode: ME7 | code search
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Birthplace of:
Sir Henry Tizard Kathleen Courtney David Harvey
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Folk Customs:
Admiralty of the Medway
Biddenden Dole
Blessing the Sea and Diving for the Cross
Canterburys Hop Hoodening
Rochester Sweeps' Festival
St Bartholomew's Day Bun Race
The Offham Quintain

Gillingham Events

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Riverside Country Fair
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Westmoor Car Boot
"I would like to bring to your attention. A great turn out for the bootfair. And the high visibility assistance for parking did a great job at the ..." More

Queens Head Harvester
"Firstly i would like to say that my family were regular customers to the Queens Head pub. (Harvester) On most occasions there was a problem with ..." More

Rowlands Bistro
"went here on a 1st date which wasnt the best.but had to say that rowlands was lovely the staff were really nice and the food was lovely would definately go ..." More

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Gillingham forms part of the Medway conurbation in Kent. From Old English ‘ham’ meaning village or homestead and ‘ingas’ meaning family or followers, the name simply means ‘homestead of Gillia’s family and was first recorded in the 10th century as Gyllingeham. The G is pronounced J as it is also referred to in old texts as Jillyingham. A small hamlet consisting mainly of farmland, after the Norman Conquest William the Conqueror gave it to his half-brother Odo of Bayeux who rebuilt the parish church of St Mary Magdalene and constructed an archbishop’s palace. Queen Elizabeth I founded the dockyard, on the site of the present gun wharf, it being transferred to its present site in 1622. The part of Gillingham known as Grange formed a limb of the Cinque Ports in medieval times and the maritime importance of the area continued until the late1940’s. The Raid on Medway took place in 1667 when a Dutch fleet sailed up the river, landed on the Isle of Sheppey, laid siege to the fort at Sheerness and invaded Gillingham. Although the Dutch eventually retreated, it caused great humiliation and in 1756, at the beginning of the Seven Year War, orders were given for the defence of the dockyard and so the Chatham Lines of Defence were built. They were strengthened in 1778 when the war with France began again. With the expansion of the dockyards, more and more homes were needed and the population grew but the position of the Lines meant developing beyond, so the whole settlement became known as Gillingham. When the dockyard ceased to be a naval base in 1984, the area suffered great unemployment. Today, much of it is a designated World Heritage Site. The Roman road known as Watling Street passed through Gillingham and was the main route to Dover until the 1960’s when the A2 became the M2 and bypassed the Medway towns.

Accountant

Broughton Norman
Morgan Hall Financial Services
Stephen Hill Partnership Ltd
Wild Accountants

Attraction

Capstone Farm Country Park
Royal Engineers Museum

Budget

Premier Inn Gillingham *book online*
Premier Inn Gillingham A2 *book online*
Travelodge Medway M2 *book online*

Classes

Dance - The Splinters School of Dance

Club

The Zone & Ethos Nightclub

Dentist

Brompton Dental Practice
The Dental Surgery

Doctor

Canterbury Street Practice
Malvern Road Surgery
St Werburgh Medical Practice
The Health Centre
The Medical Centre

Golf Club

Gillingham

Market

Westmoor Car Boot

Pub and Bar

Barge (The)
Black Lion
Burnt Oak
Cannon
Clarendon
Dog & Bone
Falcon Inn
King George VI
Napier Arms
Queens Head Harvester
Southern Belle
Three Mariners
Viscount Harding
Will Adams

Restaurant

Alisha
Anne Boelyn Restaurant & Carvery
Hollywood Bowl
King Charles Hotel
Queens Head Harvester
Rowlands Bistro

Ship Resturant
Tai Won Mein
Three Mariners

Solicitor

Bassets
Beckett Solicitors
Dugdale Solicitors
Whyte & Co Solicitors

Taxi

Club Taxis
CNC Taxis
Express Travel
Gillingham Taxis
Station Taxis 24/7
Taxi Van

Vet

Margetts & Associates

Sports Clubs

Axko Judo Club (Martial Arts)
Gillingham Anchorians (Men's Hockey)
Gillingham Anchorians (Women's Hockey)
Gillingham Football Club (Football)
Hollands & Balir (Amateur Football)
Rainham Judo Club (Martial Arts)

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Shops

The Book Exchange
Sussex Stationers PLC
Little Covent Garden
Forget Me Not
Rymans
Wyevale Garden Centre
Barn Pet Centre
Pets TLC
Westlake Pharmacy
Rayner Opticians
Tips
J A J Shoes
Carphone Warehouse
Image Art
Gillingham Gallery
H Samuel
Wallis
Ernest Jones
Peacocks
Dreams

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Lloyds Pharmacy
Skatetrax.biz
Specsavers
Bowden and Lowe. Opticians and Contact Lens Specialists
J J B Sports
Slinders Balloons
Slinders Florist
Photographs for All Occasions
Photo Memories
JJ’s Furniture
BHS

Activities

Black Lion Archery Club(Archery)
The Ice Bowl(Skating)
Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre(Snow Sports)

Places to Stay near Gillingham

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King Charles Hotel (0.33 miles)

King Charles Hotel
The King Charles Hotel is situated in the heart of Medway, and an ideal base for exploring Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London. We are just a short drive away from many famous attractions, including ... More | visit website
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The Ship & Trades (1.14 miles)

The Ship & Trades

One of the jewels in Shepherd Neame's crown, The Ship & Trades is a spacious and stylish pub with accommodation overlooking a yacht basin.

The upstairs level has marvellous views across the Medway towards Upnor Castle ... More | visit website

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Premier Inn Gillingham (1.65 miles)

Premier Inn Gillingham
Ideally situated for both business and leisure guests. For business this hotel is near to Gillingham Business Park. Ideally located within easy reach of the M2. Local attractions include Bluewater shopping centre, Gillingham Ice Bowl, ... More | visit website
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Travelodge Medway M2 (2.26 miles)

Travelodge Medway M2

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Premier Inn Gillingham A2 (2.44 miles)

Premier Inn Gillingham A2
Situated in Rainham, just 10 minutes’ drive from Gillingham centre, Premier Inn Gillingham offers spacious bedrooms, free parking and a traditional restaurant. Chatham is a 10-minute drive away. With flat-screen TVs and modern decor, the large ... More | visit website
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Lightship16 Apartments (2.81 miles)

Lightship16 Apartments
A two bedroom apartment available on one of England’s oldest wooden ship, built just after the battle of Trafalgar from massive teak timbers, it’s quite an experience. Restored in 2011 to a high standard with ... More | visit website
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Holiday Inn Rochester - Chatham (3.15 miles)

Holiday Inn Rochester - Chatham

A warm welcome awaits you at the Holiday Inn Rochester - Chatham hotel situated within easy reach of the Medway towns of Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham. Plentiful on-site parking is available for all our guests. Our ... More | visit website

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Bridgewood Manor (3.49 miles)

Bridgewood Manor

Bridgewood Manor Hotel is conveniently situated for excellent shopping at Bluewater and sightseeing at the historical city of Rochester, the fascinating Chatham Historic dockyards and the new Dickens World attraction. This hotel offers fine dining ... More | visit website

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Inn on the Lake (6.02 miles)

Inn on the Lake
The Inn on the Lake is a family run hotel set in twelve acres of woodlands and overlooking two fine lakes. It is within one hour's drive of the Channel and just ten minutes ... More | visit website
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Detling Coach House (6.10 miles)

Detling Coach House

Detling Coach house is an old converted property set in a quiet, secure location. We are set on the stunning Kent's North Downs Way yet situated between M2 junction 5 and M20 junction 7, just off the ... More | visit website

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