We had a lovely day out on Sunday when we travelled over to Kent to visit The Historic Chatham Dockyard, a stunning 80 acre site with historic buildings, museums, galleries and historic warships.
Chatham, located on the River Medway was established as a Royal Dockyard by Elizabeth 1 in 1567 and was the forefront of shipbuilding, providing over 500 ships for the Royal Navy. From the Spanish Armada to the Falklands Crisis, ships have been built, repaired and manned from Chatham which included Nelson's famous flagship The Victory in 1765.
These buildings date back to 1780 and were constructed from reused warship timbers
The Dockyard was a community town of its own having a doctor's surgery, church, shops and living accommodation for its huge workforce of shipwrights and carpenters through to flag and rope makers
The Admirals office was built around 1808 as were these Officers' quarters
Rope has been made on the site since 1681 and the hemp to make it is stored in these Hemp Houses which date back to 1729
Incidentally, two TV series - Call the Midwife and Mr Selfridge were both
filmed at this location recently using these streets as backdrops.
The Ropery still contains many of its original fittings. It is a quarter of a mile long to accommodate the length of ropes needed to anchor a ship during the Age of Sail. Note the bicycle needed to travel from one end of the Ropery to the other!
This was the Royal Dockyard Church built in the early 1800s for the dockyard's own workforce. A wedding scene from Call the Midwife was also filmed here.
Samuel Pepys visited often on Admiralty business for Charles ll and Sir Francis Drake and Lord Nelson both learned their skills here.
I'd like to say welcome to my new followers Gilly and RoxieandClemYeah.
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