Chatham Dockyard closed in 1984, but major naval buildings remain as the focus for a flourishing tourist industry.
Following closure, part of the site became a commercial port, other parts were redeveloped for business and residential use, and part became the Chatham Historic Dockyard museum, which features the submarine HMS Ocelot among a good many other attractions.
It was established as a Royal Dockyard by Queen Elizabeth I in 1568 and most of the dockyard actually lies within Gillingham.
Initially a refitting base, it became a shipbuilding yard; from then until the late 19th century, further expansion of the yard took place.
Many sovereigns have visited it, and Queen Victoria made a special visit in 1855, when she inspected the wounded soldiers from the Crimea. Bartholomew's chapel, situated in Chatham Intra and standing on the site of an ancient hospital for lepers, now serves as a chapel for the General Hospital, erected in 1863 in the adjoining road: the remains of the chapel, described by the late Sir Gilbert Scott R. as "a precious archaeological and historical relic," were brought to light in 1874, during the carrying out of some improvements in the High street and a committee was then formed to effect its restoration. B.) and has received many other valuable gifts: the total cost of the restoration had been about £1,350: there are 120 sittings. John the Divine, erected in 1821 by a grant of the Parliamentary Commissioners and private subscriptions, at a cost of £16,000, is a building of the Grecian Doric order consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and a tower containing a clock and 1 bell and was improved in 1859, at a cost of £3,000, and again in 1905 at a cost of £1,705, and affords 1,100 sittings. Mary the Virgin, standing close to the river, was originally Saxon, but was rebuilt by the Normans about 1120; it was subsequently destroyed by fire and again rebuilt at the beginning of the 14th century, but only to be a second time burnt in 1786, after which, in 1788, it was almost entirely rebuilt in the Debased Modern style then prevailing: the chancel and side chapel were rebuilt in 1889 of Kentish rag, in the Early English style, from designs by the late Sir A. The Presbyterian church, a building of galvanised iron, with slate roof, was erected in 1861, at the cost of £1,400, on ground near the railway station, granted by the War Department and will seat 500. The town has important road links and the railway and bus stations are the main interchanges for the area.It is the administrative headquarters of Medway unitary authority, as well as its principal shopping centre.Hi, I am 55, Male, Single, average build, 5ft 7" and seeking an attractive, naughty but nice horny lady purely for mutual fun and frolics at mine, yours, or hotel if you need to be more discreet! I'm looking for a women between 30-65 that likes her pussy licked until she cums and then wants a good fuck Or any other playful activity No time wasters and genuine woman only I can travel and I'm in London not Kent an… TONY BLACK MALE 58 GSOH N/S W/E SEEKING A LOCAL COUPLE WHERE WIFE IS A TARTY DRESSER AND HUBBY IS A VOUYER FOR DISCREET ADULT FUN CAN TRAVEL LOCALLY ONLY IN THE CHATHAM AREA DAYTIME MEETS MATURE COUPLES MORE THAN WELC…