Visit Chatham and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Chatham, Kent. Chatham is one of the Medway Towns and famous for its naval depot and dockyards. Although a settlement existed here in Anglo-Saxon times, the place was of little importance until early in the 16th century when Henry VIII established a dockyard. The name Chatham was associated with the dockyard about 100 years later. Over the years it continued to expand and the naval depot was established in 1890. Many famous ships were built here, perhaps the most notable being Nelson's Victory, launched in 1765, and a scale model can be seen in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall.
Charles Dickens spent some of his boyhood and school days here: his father, John Dickens, was attached to the Navy Pay Office.
There are some good parks and gardens, one of which is behind the Town Hall (built at the end of the last century) and extends up a hill with a good view; here also are the remains of a fort from the Napoleonic Wars. Another park is Riverside, which is being developed on land that was until 1959 the War Department's Gun Wharf.
Of the churches there is very little that is really old. In the porch of St Mary's, which was rebuilt at the turn of the century, is a tablet found in the wall of the 12th-century. Norman chapel; it is engraved with the figure of a Greek nymph. Chatham was probably the site of the first voluntary hospital for the sick and poor in this country, St Bartholomew's Hospital, established in 1078. Of this, only the chapel remains, a Norman structure completely restored a century ago.
Nearby towns: Gillingham, Gravesend, Maidstone, Rochester, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Southend-on-Sea, West Malling
Nearby villages: Allhallows, Aylesford, Bicknor, Boxley, Bredhurst, Brompton, Burham, Chattenden, Cliffe, Cobham, Cooling, Cuxton, Detling, East Malling, East Tilbury, Eccles, Gilling, Halling, Hempstead, High Halstow, Holborough, Hoo, Low Street, Lower Halstow, Luddesdown, Meopham, Rainham, Rochester, Ryarsh, Sharnal Street, Shorne, Snodland, Sole Street, St. Mary Hoo, Stockbury, Strood, Thames Haven, Tilbury, Trotterscliffe, Upchurch, Vigo, Wainscott, West Tilbury, Wouldham,
Have you decided to visit Chatham or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Chatham bed and breakfast (a Chatham B&B or Chatham b and b)
- a Chatham guesthouse
- a Chatham hotel (or motel)
- a Chatham self-catering establishment, or
- other Chatham accommodation