Photo Gallery – Chatham


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Chatham's name was first recorded in 880 as Cetham and in the Domesday Book 1086 as Ceteham "settlement by the wood". Other origins are possible, such as cyte meaning cottage, or Catti, the name of a Germanic tribe some of whom may have settled there.

Chatham viewed from Great Lines
Chatham viewed from Great Lines, looking towards Rochester. Great Lines is a flat 70 hectare hilltop area of chalkland overlooking the valley and river, in the past used as a "field of fire" for the defence of Chatham. It is used nowadays as parkland recreation, and part of it is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. Gillingham is situated a short distance behind the hilltop.

Vertical Nelson sundial in Chatham
This vertical declining sundial on the old post office building at Chatham commemorates the 189th anniversary of the death of Lord Nelson, tracking the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October, indicating the time of Nelson’s death.

Plaque for vertical Nelson sundial in Chatham
Chatham (stitched photo)
Plaque beneath sundial at path level

Old Post Office building Chatham  Tudor House, Chatham High Street
Decorative stonework on Old Post Office building with Art Nouveau stained glass, and Tudor House at the east end of the High Street.

Ragged school  Ragged school  Ragged school
Chatham Ragged School building 1858, in King Street, now business premises. Ragged Schools were an idea first developed by John Pounds, a Portsmouth shoe-maker, in 1818 to provide free education for poor and destitute children.

Hill path
Long zigzag paths lead up from Chatham town to the top of the hill

Chatham Naval Memorial
Chatham Naval Memorial on Great Lines, commemorating 18,612 officers and sailors who were lost or buried at sea in World War I and II, giving their lives to defend their country.

Chatham Naval Memorial   Chatham Naval Memorial

Chatham Naval Memorial

Chatham Naval Memorial

Chatham Naval Memorial   

Chatham Naval Memorial

Chatham Naval Memorial
Semi-circle of panels bearing the names of the fallen. (Stitched photo, therefore slightly distorted, showing three quarters of the central view)

Chatham Naval Memorial   Chatham Naval Memorial
Dignified and pensive lions flank the central memorial



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