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Number of records found: 2

Result number 1 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

Path: Z4_Imagebase/ 01_Imagebase_links.html

CityArk imagebase referral page.

Caveat and disclaimer.

Customers wishing to reproduce, print-off, download or publish images from this database or imagebase may require the permission of the owner of the Copyright of the original records. Publication by Medway Council of images in this database or imagebase does not imply a right on the part of the user to reproduce, print-off, download or publish the images or absolve the user from the need to obtain permission to reproduce items subject to Copyright. Medway Council has obtained permission from Copyright owners to reproduce images in this database or imagebase without prejudice to wider Copyright. Strictly no commercial or organisational reproduction, printing-off, downloading or publication of the images in this imagebase may be undertaken without the prior consent of Medway Council or the owner of the Copyright of the original records. No separate or independent databases or imagebases derived from this imagebase may be created for organisational or commercial purposes without the express permission of Medway Council or the Copyright owners. Where downloading of images is permissible it may only be done for reasons of private study. Private study is defined by the Patent Office and the definition is incorporated in the relevant legislation.

The Copyright to the archival descriptions of the images, contained in the linked CityArk database, is owned by Medway Council and any use of these, for private study only, should be credited to Medway Council.


This page contains a list of links to images of original documents comprising either small collections in their entirety or series of records from bigger collections. The work of scanning our stock is continuing and highly selective. When records are imaged, they are imaged as whole series wherever possible.

How to use the imagebase.

(i) Click on your desired parish link from the list of parishes below. This will produce a collection report listing all the parish records, including registers, for your chosen parish;
(ii) the collection report will load, containing a string of document descriptions, each one describing and corresponding to an original parish register or sometimes another document from your chosen parish;
(iii) scroll this resulting collection report to identify the individual register whose contents you wish to view. Take care to note the covering dates of each register;
(iv) click the view images button in the description corresponding to your chosen register;
(v) a list of image links will appear (each image usually comprising one double page from the register);
(vi) either click each image link in turn to work through the register or click files selectively judging which files to click based on the covering dates given in the register description (see (iii) above);
(vii) having finished with an open image file, either close it down to return automatically to your last list of image links OR toggle back to the list by clicking the previous button in your active task bar. You may now select a new image file OR click the back button on your navigation bar once to return to your last parish collection report to view another register from the same parish, OR twice to select a new parish (i.e. from this page).
(viii) Please take care to scroll to the bottom of collection report to ensure you have found all “view images” buttons. Some registers are listed towards the end of a report because they are recent deposits.

[Please note a pilot moviebase has now been published. To view the films, please click here and scroll towards the end of the page.

A document gallery of some of our notable documents is also available. Please click here and scroll down.]

Link 1

Licensing records of the North Aylesford Petty Sessional Division (Magistrates Court) 1869-1937: click here

These records relate to the granting of licences to trade to the landlords, landladies and proprietors of public houses, inns, hotels, clubs, masonic lodges, alehouses and beerhouses in the North Aylesford Petty Sessions Division area.

Link 2

Medway Ancestors: images of the Rochester Archdeaconry area parish registers.

click here

Link 3  (this link not in use- collection withdrawn)

Link 4     Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR)  Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron RAF Bomber Command, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp, Champagne, France on the night of 3/4 May 1944: please click here (M91).

Link 5

Couchman collection.

E.H. Couchman collection of postcards, photographs, ephemera and manuscripts pertaining to the history of the Medway Towns (Rochester, Strood, Chatham and Brompton (later Gillingham)) and Gillingham, Rainham, Gravesend, Dickens’ Country, the Lower Medway Valley and the Hoo Peninsula 1680-1993 [1994]. click here (DE402)

Link 6

Port of Rochester shipping registers 1824-1927 click here

By kind permission of the Keeper of the Public Records (RBS/Ro).

Link 7

Textus Roffensis, compiled c.1123 x c.1124 The Textus Roffensis is a compilation of the Anglo-Saxon law codes from King Ethelbert of Kent to King Edward the Confessor and of charters and documents important to the early 12th. century Benedictine Priory.It forms part of the early records of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The book is famous as it contains the first record of the English language, the first English laws and the first laws recorded in the vernacular i.e. a language other than post-Roman Empire Latin. Also contained in the book is a nearly contemporary and crucially important copy of King Henry I's Coronation Charter of 1100, used as a model for Magna Carta, an early use of Arabic numerals (c.1400) and an early example of a style of Caroline miniscule bookhand developed at Rochester and Canterbury that spread nationally.Images of the Textus Roffensis are now hosted on the website of the John Rylands Library (University of Manchester) in partnership with the Rochester Dean and Chapter

By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Link 8

Army officer's notebook, Chatham Lines 1761-1777 click here

The volume contains contains dispositions of HM Forces, orders of the day and regulations for regular and militia garrison troops in Chatham on the Chatham Lines (also known as The Great Lines or Great Lines of Defence) or at Chatham Barracks (Lower Barracks), with descriptions of military exercises, disciplinary proceedings, passwords, memoranda and news of battles and campaigns in the Seven Years' War in North America and Europe, giving names of battalions present between 1761 and 1777.

The property of Medway Council (DE22)

Link 9

Account of the Battle of Trafalgar by Robert Sands, Boy Third Class click here

Sands was born in Rochester c.1787/1788, was briefly apprenticed to Matthew Lock of Chatham as a fisherman and dredgerman. He was one of at least 99 men from the Medway Towns and surrounding villages who served at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

His account is important to naval historians partly because his ship Temeraire was immediately astern of HMS Victory in the windward line of attack and was in the thick of the action and partly because below decks accounts are extremely rare. Temeraire suffered the highest number of killed (47) after Victory and the sixth highest number of wounded (76) in the fleet. Sands received prize money of £1 17s 8d. (DE1010)

Link 10

Smart tickets issued by the Chatham Chest, 1802 and 1805 click here

Certificate for relief of Robert Watmore [cf. Whatmore], Ordinary Seaman, aged about 43, wounded in HMS Dreadnought on 1 May 1802 in assisting to clear Hanse, annotated to effect he cannot write and giving payment details, 22 June 1802 (DE192/1) and certificate for relief of Andrew Forbes, wounded on board HMS Conqueror on 21 October 1805 in the action off Cape Trafalgar [i.e. the Battle of Trafalgar], 18 January 1806 (DE192/2)

Link 11

Map of Whorne's Place Estate, Cuxton and Halling 1670 click here

Map of estate of 400 acres surveyed by Robert Felgate for Sir John Marsham. (DE1016)

Link 12  (no longer in use)

Link 13

The Way of Death Project

Scanned images of the municipal burial registers and burial register indexes for Watling Street/East Hill Cemetery, Dartford 1882-2006, Swancombe Cemetery 1887-2006 and Stone Cemetery 1899-1988, courtesy of Dartford Borough Council's Bereavement Services Section. Please click here to view (scans only, no originals held)

By kind permission of the Bereavement Services Section, Dartford Borough Council.

Link 14

Hawkins' Hospital, Chatham

Selected series of records from the Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham, the oldest naval charity in the world. Contained among the records are the details of generations of Royal Navy sailors, dockyard shipwrights and Royal Marines who lived either as in-pensioners or received relief as out-pensioners. Click here

By kind permission of the Governors of Hawkins' Hospital.

Printing images

For guidance on printing images from the CityArk imagebase, please click here


The CityArk imagebase, like the CityArk online catalogue, is published in accordance with government guidelines.

Users may be interested to read the following extract, from Government Policy on Archives presented to Parliament by the Lord Chancellor, December 1999:

Digitised images of the most popular records should proceed in tandem with the production of on-line catalogue information, because potential new users will experience archives for the first time through ready access to these digitised images. These images will need to be periodically refreshed and preserved for the long term according to approved standards. Access to archives should also be enhanced through the participation of archives in educational programmes both on-line and on-site at all levels and outreach work should be targeted at social groups which have not hitherto used archives. This work should be accompanied by digitisation programmes of material of use to particular sectors in schools, in colleges and in libraries and via television and other channels to maximise the utility of archives for the country and for the world.

(Part II Putting the Policy into Practice, section 8 Access to records and archives, sub-section 8.4.2 Digitisation for access to archives (click here for Public Record Office page giving complete document).

It is hoped researchers, many of them restricted in their potential to use our facilities by virtue of living too far away within the United Kingdom or overseas, being engaged in full time work or disabled, will find the development of our imagebase helpful. However only a small percentage of our stock is imaged so to investigate records not found in the imagebase, please note you will either have to make a personal visit (by appointment) or engage the services of a record agent.

For our education pages and images of maps with interpretive captions supplied by the Education Officer, Guildhall Museum, Rochester, click here

For details of our opening times and location or to contact us, please click here.

For a list of record agents, please click here

CityArk Phase II Part II: imagebase published 26 November 2001.

File updated by Borough Archivist 29 October 2007.

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Result number 2 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

Path: Z4_Imagebase/ 02_Imagebase_Printing.html

Instructions for printing from the imagebase

1. First find the image.
2. Place the cursor on the image and right click on the mouse. (A box with various options appears).
3. Left click on 'E-mail Picture' (A window appears which looks like the email page with the jpg. icon on it).
4. Type in your own email address and click 'Send'.
5. You can now close everything down, open your email and double click the jpg. Icon to open the image.

You can now print from this image OR copy it to a word document where you can crop and resize the image to suit the page. This is how you would do it:

6. Left click on the ‘dashed’ square in the tool bar above.
7. Now decide which part of the image you want to have a full page copy of then - Left click and hold at the starting point (the top left hand point of your image) then drag the ‘dotted square’ to where you want to finish (the bottom right hand corner of your image) and release the mouse button.
8. Place the cursor within the dotted/selected area then Right click and select ‘Copy’

NOTE: Do not close any applications at this point. BUT you can minimize them to clear your screen

9. Now open a blank 'Word' document/page, decide whether you want the page layout to be ‘Portrait’ or ‘Landscape’, this depends on the shape of your chosen selection, then place your cursor on the page and right click on the mouse and select ‘Paste’ and the image will appear.

NOTE: Now you can alter the page margins to fill the page or leave them as they are.

10. Now place the cursor on the image and left click on the mouse. (You will notice 8 points/handles appearing around the image, one in each corner and one in the middle of each side. These allow you to click and drag each point to enlarge the image to fill the page, this becomes easier after a little practice).
11. You should now be able to print the image.

Senior Archives and Local Studies Assistant 27 May 2005

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