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Result number 1 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1126 on request slip.

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Facsimile drawings of installations at Kent Oil Refinery (BP Oil Refinery), Isle of Grain, client the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Ltd. (later British Petroleum (BP)), many prepared for the main Kent Refinery Project in the 1950s, installations comprising:

Main laboratory, maintenance organisation offices, general office, engine test house, central restaurant, amenities block, medical centre, TEL bulk blending plant, TEL pump house, motor spirit blending pump house, site plans, floor plans, services, elevations, sections, diagrams (including potable water system and drinking water reticulation and cooling water mains, cooling water pump house, sea water pump house, list of hydrants (1972) and site electrical distribution), installations and lubricating oil process office and lubricating oil blending, packaging and despatch operational building, information centre, training centre, loading rack shelter, white olis loading shed, white oils loading area, chlorine injection plant, barrel storage building, central or main stores area, propane deasphalting unit, MEK solvent dewaxing plant, pile reference plan for coastal tanker and barge jetty (1956), sections and details of jetties and piles, jetty pipelines trhoughout site, details of dredging, pile driving records, waste water oil separator area, Admiralty Depot fire water reticulation, effluent separator tank and foundation, PS tanks, flare gas recovery system compressor house, acid storage area, crude distillation unit, redistillation area, amine regeneration unit, sulphur production and despatching units, LPG loading area, sludge and recovery plant, crude oil de-salting scheme diagram, solutizer plant, copper sweetening plant, tannin solutizer treating plant, kersoine washery, isopentane washery, isopentane unit, acid washeries, offsite acid vessels, sub stations, sulphur dioxide extraction plant, BPSD stabiliser, PFD stabiliser, vacuum unit plot plan, vacuum distillation unit, heater and fuel systems, gas oil hydrofiners, oleum recovery plant, platforming unit, power station area, turbine deaerator and water treatment house.

Contractors named are Wilson, Mason and Partners, Chandos Street, London, chartered architects, E.B. Badger and Sons (GB) Ltd., London, BP Trading Ltd., S.W. Farmer and Son Ltd., Lewisham, London SE13, Rendel, Palmer and Tritton, consulting engineers, Ewbank and Partners Ltd., engineering consultants, The MW Kellogg Co. (Kellogg International Corporation), Lummus Co., New York City, New York State, United States of America, Whessoe Ltd., Darlington, County Durham, Braithwaite and Co. Structural Ltd., Newport, Monmouthshire, John Brown Ltd., London, Simon-Carves Ltd., Stockport, Cheshire, Worley Engineering Ltd., London, Head Wrightson Processes Ltd. London, W.J. Frazer and Co. Ltd., Romford Essex, Foster Wheeler Ltd., London, Costain-John Brown Ltd. London, Power-Gas Corporation Ltd., Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, Procon, London, Matthew Hall and Co. Ltd., London, Stone and Webster Engineering Ltd., London and Parolle Electrical Plant Co. Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.

[For photographs of Kent Oil Refinery for the same period, see the Couchman Collection, binder DE402/22 click here]

Archivist's note. Possibly of Inland Revenue or insurer's provenance. Wrappers variously inscribed for attention of G.L. Eve and Mr. A. Bowden, Inland Revenue.


Date: 1951-1979
Quantity: 155 sheets
Result number 2 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_Ele_103_1 on request slip.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester.

Leases

HOO ST. WERBURGH AND HIGH HALSTOW, WICKHAMBREAUX AND STODMARSH

Ele103 2 messuages or farms in Hoo and High Halstow; a farmhouse in Wickhambreaux; and the rents and profits from a farm in Stodmarsh. [See DRc/Ele 981.] *

Agreement

A, B

Thomas Forster of the Inner Temple, London, esq. and Michael Payne of Wallingford, Berkshire, gentleman; James Thomson of Wallingford, Berkshire, gentleman, son and heir of James Thomson, gentleman, deceased, son and heir apparent while he lived of Robert Thomson, late of Wallingford Berkshire, deceased; Sir Thomas Aston of Aston [by Sutton], Chester, [Cheshire] bart. and John Aston of Aston, Chester, gentleman, his brother.

Agreement that during the remainder of the term of 70 years which began in 1616 on the death of Robert Thomson, James Thomson and Elizabeth, his wife shall have the rents and profits from the 2 messuages or farms in Hoo St. Werburgh and Halstow; from the farmhouse in Wickhambreaux during the lives of Katherine Evington and Jane Hide; and from a farm in Stodmarsh after their deaths.

* It is possible that these deeds are connected in some way with those listed under DRc/Ele 98 but no real link has been established.

Date: 30 May 1636
Quantity: 2 items
Result number 3 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_FTb_034 on request slip.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester   Finance records: Treasurers' books (DRc/FTb )

 Giving lists of names and signatures of recipients arranged under headings as per cathedral officers, canons, prebends, choristers, paupers [beadsmen?] and pupils of the Cathedral Grammar School.

 

Treasurer's book - Daniel Hill for John Grant

 

Includes 5s alms given to one Sterrenberg, a poor scholar from Germany, 13 January 1700

 

Includes 2s 6d alms given to a poor German scholar, shipwrecked near Dover, in his passage from Holland [cf. Netherlands], 19 January 1700

 

Includes 1s alms given to a poor man and his wife cast away near Deal, and set on shore there, 21 January 1699

 

Includes 2s 6d alms given to one Mary Cobb, a poor woman of the parish of Wateringbury, 15 March 1700

 

Includes 2s 6d alms given to six poor Jersey seamen shipwrecked on the coast of Holland [cf. Netherlands], and landed in the packet boat [?] at Dover, 29 March 1700

 

Includes 2s alms given to six poor seamen shipwrecked coming from New England [cf. America], 1 April 1700

 

Includes 6d alms given to one John Salisbury, a Chester-man [cf. Chester, Cheshire], 1 August 1700

 

Includes 5s alms given to William Penn, a singing-man of Chester [cf. Cheshire], 2 September 1700

 

Includes 1s alms given to one Robert Rumsey [cf. Ramsay], 4 September 1700

 

Includes given by order of the Chapter eight pounds towards the redemption of the Machanes-Captives * [sic,], 7 September 1700

 

Includes 2s alms given to a poor harvest-worker, disabled from working by cutting his hand, 12 September 1700

 

Includes 10s alms given to Mr. Philip Jones, vicar of Addington in Surrey, 3 October 1700

 

Includes 5s alms given to one Robert Barti a poor refugee from Savoy [cf. Savoie, France, Italy], 21 October 1700

 

Includes alms given to poor, disbanded or shipwrecked soldiers and seamen passim

 

[* cf. Meknes or Mequinez, Morocco, Africa, Barbary. The Borough Archivist is indebted to Dr. Dan Vitkus of Florida State University, United States of America for clarifying this. File updated 23 July 2001.] Latin and English.

Date: 1699-1700
Quantity: 1 volume
Result number 4 - Please quote Reference: P305C_ROCHESTER_ST_JUSTUS_1948_1989/P305C_01J_02_01 on request slip.

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Service of the Church - Registers

Printed and stencilled order of service sheets

Laying of foundation stone by Mrs C. Cheshire


Date: 1955
Quantity: 1 item
Result number 5 - Please quote Reference: Strood_Rural_District_Council_1897_1974/SRDC_357 on request slip.

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Post-War Housing

Housing = Grain

Correspondence with Miss E. Mugeridge, Whitehouse Farm, Grain, Regional Planning Officer, Ministry of Town and Country Planning, Tunbridge Wells, Senior Regional Officer, Ministry of Health, Tunbridge Wells, Rochester Bridge Trust, 18 Star Hill, Rochester, Peak Construction Co. Ltd., 49 Hamilton Sq., Birkenhead. Cheshire and numerous others, with memoranda between Clerk and Engineer and Surveyor, negotiating for housing development.

Inc. Airey houses.

Inc. Numerous facsimile maps, plans and drawings.


Date: 1944-1951
Quantity: 1 file/c.150pp
Result number 6 - Please quote Reference: DE0402_Couchman_ephemera_and_MSS_/DE0402_19 on request slip.

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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].

[To view the full list of the collection, please click here;

to view the contents page and imagebase referral page for the Couchman collection, please click here;

to view the Couchman collection bibliography page, please click here]

Chatham volume 6:
Royal Naval Barracks or HMS Pembroke, Chatham, [cf. Brompton, Gillingham], Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham [cf. Gillingham] and Royal Naval Memorial, Great Lines, Chatham [cf. Gillingham]

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Gillingham, Main Entrance, Royal Naval Barracks (Showing Section) comprising view of main gate looking east through entrance from point in carriageway outside entrance at junction of Dock Road, Pembroke Road [subsequently Maritime Way] and Central Avenue, showing in foreground junction, in middle-ground gateway and iron railings and in distance, left to right, continuation of Central Avenue, horse-drawn vehicle, accommodation blocks and Wardroom. Street scene shows cannon and woman with perambulator. On rear, message from Elizabeth (Bess) [-] to Miss May Davey, 45 Richmond Buildings, Brighton, Sussex, describing visit to Medway Towns, soldiers and sailors marching from church, award of medals to two soldiers or sailors and walk to castle and cathedral. Postmarked Chatham 27 September 1907. DE402/19/p.1 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Main Entrance, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of main gate looking east through entrance from point in carriageway outside entrance at junction of Dock Road, Pembroke Road [subsequently Maritime Way] and Central Avenue, showing in foreground junction, in middle-ground gateway, wrought iron canopies, lamps and iron railings and in distance, left to right, Commodore’s House, continuation of Central Avenue and accommodation blocks. Street scene shows in foreground, junior ratings in square rig and attendant and cannons and in middle-distance naval gun, cannon and ships’ figureheads, that on the left being from HMS Royal Adelaide. c.1905 DE402/19/p.1 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham, the Main Entrance comprising view of main gate looking north-east through entrance from point in carriageway outside and slightly to south at junction of Dock Road, Pembroke Road [subsequently Maritime Way] and Central Avenue, showing in foreground junction, in middle-ground gateway and iron railings and in left middle-distance, left to right, Guard House and Commodore’s House. Street scene shows in foreground junior ratings in square rig and cannons, in middle-distance squad of sailors also in square rig and figurehead of HMS Royal Adelaide and in distance through right-hand arch horse-drawn vehicle. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1910 DE402/19/p.2 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of Central Avenue looking east from point inside main entrance, showing in foreground junction of Central Avenue and North Road [subsequently Pembroke Road] and figurehead of HMS Royal Adelaide flanked by two junior ratings in square rig both looking at camera, in middle ground and distance Central Avenue lined with trees, in left middle-distance Commodore’s House, in right middle distance Wardroom and in right distance accommodation blocks. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1910 DE402/19/p.2 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of main gate looking north-east through entrance from point in carriageway outside and slightly to south at junction of Dock Road, Pembroke Road [subsequently Maritime Way] and Central Avenue, showing in foreground junction, in middle-ground gateway and iron railings and in middle-distance, left to right, Guard House, Commodore’s House and continuation of Central Avenue. Street scene shows in foreground cannons, cannon balls, horse manure and two junior ratings in square rig and in middle-distance figurehead of HMS Royal Adelaide. On rear, message from J.H[-] of Hawley House Hotel, Hawley Square, Margate to Miss V. Horne, c/o Mrs. Croft, Mill Cottage, Lynsted, Sittingbourne, discussing his work and circumstances. Postmarked Margate 5 August 1915. DE402/19/p.3

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Chatham Dockyard, HMS Pembroke comprising view of hulk of HMS Pembroke, formerly HMS Duncan, moored in no.2 basin, looking north-east towards starboard stern quarter, showing in foreground grass verge, fence and vessel, possibly third class cruiser, and in middle ground hulk and junior rating in white warm weather rig looking at camera. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to renaming of HMS Duncan as Pembroke in 1890 and its use as a depot ship. The Wellington Series, published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. Before 1903. DE402/19/p.4

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Indent issued by Naval Storekeeper at HM Dockyard, Chatham for articles received for use on board gunboat HMS Thrush by HRH Lieutenant Commander Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert of Wales KG, Royal Navy (RN) [subsequently King George V], commanding officer, and signed by him, 17 May 1890. Couchman’s accompanying notes explain these articles were issued at Chatham in respect of voyage to North America and West Indies. DE402/19/p.5

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham, the Barrack Church comprising view of northern side of St. George’s Church, HMS Pembroke looking south-west across adjacent gardens, showing in left middle ground memorial to French * prisoners of war from the Napoleonic Wars who died and were buried on St. Mary’s Island. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1910 DE402/19/p.6 (U)

[* cf. France]

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from leaflet entitled This Week in Rochester Cathedral 29 November – 5 December 1981 comprising advertisement for gala concert in St. George’s Church by orchestra of Royal Marines on 14 December. DE402/19/p.6

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News, Evening Post and Strood St. Nicholas with St. Mary parish magazine comprising articles reporting removal of memorial plaques from St. George’s Church (Evening Post 12 May 1983), notice of closure of St. George’s Church (Evening Post 11 May 1983), use of font in St. George’s Church for laundry business and rat-catching in HMS Pembroke (Chatham News 12 August 1983) and notice of last service to be held at St. George’s Church on 7 August 1983 (parish magazine as above, volume 3, number 8, August 1983). DE402/19/p.7

Royal Naval Barracks and HM Dockyard, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising notice of closure of Royal Dockyard Church, Dock Road and reports on arrangements for subsequent use of St. Georges’ Church, HMS Pembroke August 1983 and February and November 1985. DE402/19/p.8

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising report on last service at St. Georges’ Church, HMS Pembroke 7 August 1983 (published 12 August 1983) and Medway Extra comprising report on last service at St. Georges’ Church, HMS Pembroke 7 August 1983 (published 5 August 1983) and This Week in Rochester Cathedral reporting speech on closure of dockyard and resulting unemployment, delivered to Diocesan Residential Synod by bishop of Rochester, 23 October 1983. DE402/19/p.9

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising reports on proposed new use of former St. Georges’ Church, HMS Pembroke, as a civic amenity, with photograph of east end, 17 January 1986 and 6 June 1986. DE402/19/p.10

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval barracks, Chatham, front view of the officers’ block comprising view of western elevations of Wardroom and flanking officer’s accommodation blocks, HMS Pembroke, looking east, showing in foreground monument to dead French * prisoners of war of the Napoleonic Wars and surrounding garden, in middle ground ramp leading to tennis courts, flag staff, in middle-distance croquet lawn and Officers’ Road and in distance wardroom and blocks as above. On rear, message from Caroline (Carrie) [-] to a Mrs. Senney, 48 Bassingham Road, Swaffield Road, Earlsfield, Wandsworth, London, discussing health and visiting arrangements. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to exhumation of remains of French PoWs and their removal along with memorial to present site in 1904. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. Postmarked Battersea, London SW 11 July 1912. DE402/19/p.11 (U)

[* cf. France]

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval barracks, Chatham, front view of the officers’ block comprising view of western elevations of Wardroom and flanking officer’s accommodation blocks, HMS Pembroke, looking east, showing in foreground monument to dead French * prisoners of war of the Napoleonic Wars and surrounding garden, in middle ground ramp leading to tennis courts, flag staff, in middle-distance croquet lawn and Officers’ Road and in distance wardroom and blocks as above. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1910 DE402/19/p.11 (L)

[* cf. France]

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Chatham Dockyard, French Prisoners’ Cemetery comprising view of memorial to dead French * prisoners of war of the Napoleonic Wars and surrounding garden, looking south, showing in foreground superimposed copy of inscription on tablet, in middle ground memorial, in distance pine tree, fence, bench and see-saw or carpenter’s equipment and in far distance building in Brompton Barracks. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to original erection of memorial on St.Mary’s Island, Brompton, in 1875 and inclusion among those commemorated on memorial of Russian * sailors who died from disease at Chatham. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1905 x c.1910 DE402/19/12

[* cf. Russia]

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Photocopy of article from Chatham Observer reporting opening of Royal Naval Barracks, 2 May 1903. Photocopied c.1980. DE402/19/p.13 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of western end of naval barracks, looking north-east from terrace overlooking western end of Cumberland Road, Brompton, showing in right foreground allotments in south-west corner of Brompton Barracks, in middle ground Cumberland Road and iron railings, in left middle-distance flag staff and Officers’ Road and in distance Wardroom and flanking officers’ accommodation blocks. Street scene shows three junior ratings in square rig. On rear, message from Richard (Dick) [-] to Miss Winifred Read, 47 Park Street, Southend on Sea, Essex, discussing visit to Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham [cf. Gillingham] and Hospital Church for Harvest Festival, mentioning presence of wounded sailors. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Photo Series, Rochester. Postmarked Gillingham 18 September 1917. DE402/19/p.13 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Naval Barracks, New Brompton comprising view of western end of naval barracks, looking north-east from Cumberland Road, Brompton, showing in right foreground bank or slope on northern side of Cumberland Road, in middle-ground tree, flag staff and Officers’ Road and in distance Wardroom and flanking officers’ accommodation blocks. On rear, message from B. L[-] to Miss H. Couchman, 66 Weston Road, Strood, offering it to her for her collection. Postmarked Chatham 2 October 1903. DE402/19/p.14 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of western end of naval barracks, looking north-east from terrace overlooking western end of Cumberland Road, Brompton, showing in right foreground allotments in south-west corner of Brompton Barracks, in middle ground Cumberland Road and iron railings, in left middle-distance flag staff and Officers’ Road and in distance Wardroom and flanking officers’ accommodation blocks. Street scene shows one pedestrian walking towards camera. On rear, message from Florence (Florrie) [-] to Miss Lily Emberson, 64 Sparsholt Road, Crouch Hill, London N., discussing travel arrangements. Published by Valentine. Postmarked Chatham 22 April 1916. Couchman’s accompanying notes indicate the exposure may date from 1907. DE402/19/p.14 (L)

[Reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark International]

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of western end of naval barracks, looking north-east from terrace overlooking western end of Cumberland Road, Brompton, showing in right foreground allotments in south-west corner of Brompton Barracks, in middle ground Cumberland Road, sentry box, brick pillars and iron railings, in left middle-distance gardens, flag staff and Officers’ Road and in distance Wardroom and flanking officers’ accommodation blocks. Published by G.E. Saywell, Gillingham. c.1917 DE402/19/p.15 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of western end of naval barracks, looking north-east from gardens adjoining Officers’ Road, showing in foreground lawn, in middle ground Officers’ Road and in distance Wardroom and flanking northern officers’ accommodation block. Scene in Officers’ Road shows naval rating in square rig and parked motor cars. Published by Valentine. c.1930 DE402/19/p.15 (L)

[Reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark International]

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from Chatham News comprising article reporting proposed sale of Wardroom and officers’ accommodation blocks, HMS Pembroke, with photograph of same looking north-east from point at southern end of Officers’ Road. 19 August 1983 DE402/19/p.16

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled The Terrace, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of ratings’ accommodation blocks looking south-west from roof of drill shed, showing in right foreground roof and gable of drill shed, in left middle ground part of parade ground, in right middle ground canteen and cinema block, in middle distance terrace wall, staircase and Central Avenue and in distance, left to right, Nelson Block (western, middle and eastern ranges), rear of Wardroom and flanking northern officers’ accommodation block and in far distance east end of St. George’s Church. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to design and construction of HMS Pembroke 1897-1902. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., London, Aldershot (Hampshire) and Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1915 DE402/19/17 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled General View, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of ratings’ accommodation blocks looking north-east from upper storey of building standing above Cumberland Road, possible artificers’ training college (subsequently Collingwood Block), showing in right foreground bank and perimeter fence of Brompton Barracks and Cumberland Road, in middle ground iron railings and brick pillars separating Cumberland Road from HMS Pembroke and in distance South Road and left to right, Nelson, Anson and Duncan Blocks. Street scene shows pedestrians in Cumberland Road. On rear, message from Albert Morris to his mother Mrs. Morris, 17 Studds Lane, Mile End, Colchester, Essex, discussing travelling arrangement and train journey. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd. [Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers.] Postmarked [Chatha]m 6 December 1915. DE402/19/p.17 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled The Terrace, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of ratings’ accommodation blocks looking south-east from roof of drill sheds, showing in foreground central gable of drill sheds, in middle ground parade ground, staircase leading from parade ground to terrace and Central Avenue, in near distance Central Avenue and in distance, right to left, Anson Block (middle range and eastern range) and Duncan Block (western, middle and eastern ranges). On rear, message from John or James (Jack) Foxall of Block 3, Mess L, HMS Pembroke to his mother Mrs. Foxall, 86 Bow Road, London, discussing taking of test and visiting arrangements. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd. [Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers.] Postmarked Chatham 3 December 1915. [Mutilated] DE402/19/p.18 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham, The Terrace. Front View of Men’s Blocks comprising view of ratings’ accommodation blocks looking east-south-east, showing in foreground Central Avenue and trees and in middle ground, middle distance and distance, right to left, Nelson, Anson and Duncan Blocks. Street scene shows sailor in square rig and possibly petty officer in fore-and-aft rig. On rear, message from unsigned author to Ethel [-] describing accommodation blocks and explaining he has marked the picture to indicate where he is billeted i.e. western range, Anson Block. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., 2 Amen Corner, London c.1915 DE402/19/p.18 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: One of the Barrack Bells, comprising view of brass bell, dolphin supporters, naval crown, bell rope and mounting, looking north from point between Anson Block and balustrade of Central Avenue towards section of balustrade above central staircase leading from Central Avenue and terrace to parade ground, showing in foreground bell and top stones of balustrade and in distance upper levels and clock tower of central block of drill sheds and offices. On rear, message from Edward (Ted) Peacock to his mother Mrs. M.A. Peacock, The Laurels, Junction Road, Warley, Essex, offering his apologies for not being able to visit her at Whitsun, as in duty party. Anson Block. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to erection of bell 1903, transfer to HMS Ganges, Shotley, Suffolk 1961 and its loss in 1976. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd. [Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers], Wellington Series. Postmarked Chatham 17 May 1904. DE4023/19/p.19 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of barrack block, possibly western range of Duncan Block, looking north-east from terrace above Cumberland Road, showing in foreground Cumberland Road, iron railings and brick pillars, in middle ground lawn and shed and in distance accommodation block. Street scene shows woman walking passed and looking at camera. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. c.1914 DE402/19/p.19 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: Reception Room comprising interior view of senior and junior ratings’ guest room, looking across room diagonally, showing clockwise from left, leather sofa, wooden table and chairs, tiled fireplace and mantelpiece, doors, second leather sofa and round leather seat with parlour palm mounted in pot on top, electric lights and shade and walls hung with mirror and pictures. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1915 DE402/19/20 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: Mess Room, Officers’ Quarters comprising interior view of Wardroom dining room, looking across room lengthways and diagonally, showing two long tables set for lunch or dinner and decorated with silver and stargazer lilies (species lillium orientalis), three civilian waiters looking at camera, carpets and wainscoting. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1915 DE402/19/20 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising view of parade ground looking east-north-east from western end of terrace alongside Central Avenue, showing in foreground left to right, part of cinema and canteen and staircase leading from terrace to parade ground, in middle ground and right distance parade ground and in distance drill sheds and clock tower. Scene in parade ground shows throng of junior ratings in square rig and stokers’ working rig. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1915 DE402/19/21 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: Guard House, Going on Leave comprising view of Guard House looking west-north-west from point in Central Avenue slightly east of junction with North Road [subsequently Pembroke Road], towards Main Gate and exit to Dock Road and Pembroke Road, showing line of junior ratings in square rig entering building from right. Scene shows petty officers in attendance, gate cannons, cart, telegraph pole and in distance chimney. On rear, message from Sidney [-] of 79 Mess, Block II, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham to Mr. James (Jim) and Mrs. Daisy (Dais) Mills, 17 Walton Road, Folkestone, complaining he hasn’t received a letter, describing his training, a bread test and discussing his travel movements. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. Postmarked Chatham 15 July 1915. DE402/19/21 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: Dockyard Entrance to Barracks comprising view of Dockyard Barrack Gate looking north-west across North Road towards Basin No. 3, showing in foreground metalled road and piles of rubble, in middle ground column of sailors in warm weather square rig marching through gate towards camera, in distance dockyard gate and wall and in far distance masts of warships in Basin No. 3. Wellington Series, Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1915 DE402/19/22 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: Parade Ground, Mustering at Divisions comprising view parade ground looking east-north-east from staircase at western end of terrace alongside Central Avenue, showing in fore and middle grounds, left to right, junior ratings in warm weather square rig formed up in divisions facing camera, drill sheds, terrace wall and central staircase and in distance Sick Quarters. Couchman’s accompanying notes erroneously state the item is postmarked. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson Works, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1915 DE402/19/22 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: Interior View of Canteen comprising longitudinal view of canteen showing petty officers, artificers and civilian workers sitting at tables, most looking at camera, smoking pipes and drinking beer. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson Works, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1903 DE402/19/23 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: Petty Officers’ Canteen comprising interior view of canteen, looking from corner to corner, showing petty officers, artificers and stokers sitting at round tables, most looking at camera, smoking pipes and drinking beer. On rear, message from J. C[ulham?] to a Mr. [J.S.] Culham, Gayton, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, giving his ship’s deployment from Chatham via Sheerness to south of Ireland, Portland, Dorset to Norway and Sweden. Wellington Series, published by Gale and Polden Ltd. [Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers.] Dated and postmarked Chatham 15 March 1905. DE402/19/23 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled The Gymnasium, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising interior longitudinal view looking south from upper level, showing climbing frames on walls, end and side windows and mats, vaulting horses, ropes and other physical training equipment. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd. [Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers.] c.1909 DE402/19/24 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled A Barrack Room, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising interior longitudinal view of a junior ratings’ mess in Nelson, Anson or Duncan Block, showing, clockwise, floorboards, benches and tables with cooking equipment and slops buckets, window ledges and open wall cupboards, iron girders, kit stowage and slung hammock containing rating steadied and accompanied by group of ratings in stokers’ rig, all looking at camera. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1905 DE402/19/p.24 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham comprising interior longitudinal view of swimming bath, showing five ratings in pool, six ratings on diving platform at rear, two ratings in stokers’ rig standing at sides holding rope across pool and ratings looking on from side stalls, all facing camera. On rear, message from unsigned author [J. Culham?] to Mr. J.S. Culham, Gayton, King’s Lynn, Norfolk explaining has joined HMS Swiftsure after a journey including a bus ride from Liverpool Street Railway Station, London to London Bridge Railway Station, London, mentioning he saw the queen at King’s Lynn and stating he completed his swimming test in the pool. Wellington Series, published by Gale and Polden Ltd. [Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers.] Dated and postmarked Chatham 13 March 1905. DE402/19/p.25 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: Recreation Room comprising interior longitudinal view of recreation room in either Nelson, Anson or Duncan Block, showing junior ratings in square rig or stokers’ rig sitting or standing by tables engaged in reading, some looking at camera, chess set on nearest table and pictures hanging on walls. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson Works, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1905 DE402/19/p.25 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham: Field Gun Drill comprising view of team of ratings in stokers’ rig, leggings and bandoliers under gaze of petty officers or artificers, manhandling gun barrel, breech block, carriage and wheels up wooded slope towards camera, looking downhill towards large building and wall, possibly on eastern perimeter of Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham, in south-west corner of Brompton Barracks or in vicinity of Royal Naval Armaments Depot, Upnor at Ordnance Plantation, Beacon Hill or Cockham Wood, all in Frindsbury Extra. Published by Gale and Polden Ltd., Nelson House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, printers. c.1905 DE402/19/p.26

Channel Squadron.
Reproduction of composite photograph of survivors of sinking of HMS Captain, iron screw turret ship, at Cape Finisterre, Galicia, Spain * on 7 September 1870, whilst on voyage [from Chatham?] with Channel Squadron to join Mediterranean battleships, also giving names of survivors (May, Ellis, Walker, Werry, Bride, Harvey, Tregenna, Herd, Heard, Lawrence, Freeman, Dryburgh, Tomlinson, Merryman, Kernan, Grange, Gribble and Saunders). Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to building (at Birkenhead, Cheshire), design and service of ship 1867-1870. Originals exposed c.1870 2 ¼” x 1 ¾” (60mm x 45mm) DE402/19/p.27 (U)

Channel Squadron.
Reproduction of photograph presumed of HMS Captain, iron screw turret ship, at sea, looking towards starboard side. Original exposed c.1870 3 ½” x 2 ¼” (90mm x 57mm) [Mutilated] DE402/19/27 (L)

Merchant Fleet.
One photograph and two reproductions of engravings of unidentified steam barques, one at anchor and two at sea, possibly vessels operated by the Pacific Steam Navigation Company. Couchman’s accompanying notes refer to letter from National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, pertaining [cf. DE402/18/16a.] NB Couchman’s caption repeats a spelling error from the Museum letter, giving Navigation as Naving. Each 3 ½” x 2 ¼” (90mm x 53mm) c.1838 x c.1860 DE402/19/p.28

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Invitation card from captain, officers and boy apprentices of HMS Tenedos II, Royal Navy Boy Artificers’ Training Establishment, Chatham, to Miss Gladys D.F. Hudson, for farewell ball held at Castle Hall, Rochester 22 April 1910. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to history of HMS Tenedos II, originally sixth HMS Duncan 1859-1889, re-named HMS Pembroke 1889-1905 and re-named again HMS Tenedos II 1905-1910 when decommissioned. DE402/19/p.29 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Invitation card from captain, officers and boy apprentices of HMS Tenedos II, Royal Navy Boy Artificers’ Training Establishment, Chatham, to Miss Gladys D.F. Hudson, to a concert on board HMS Tenedos on 24 June 1910. DE402/19/p.29 (L)

HM Dockyard, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled HMS Medway comprising view of port side of above vessel, submarine depot and repair ship, moored in the River Medway or a dockyard basin, showing quay and trees in background. Couchman’s accompanying notes explain the occasion as being Chatham Navy Week and describe her building and service 1927-1942 when sunk by U372 off Alexandria, Egypt [cf. Mediterranean]. Published by TIC/Medway Studios Ltd., 43 High Street, Chatham. 12-17 August 1929 DE402/19/30

HM Dockyard, Chatham.
Cutting from letter heading or envelope comprising advertisement for Chatham Navy Week 1-8 August 1931, design comprising starboard view of 16th. or 17th. Century warship in full sail. DE402/19/p.31 (U)

HM Dockyard, Chatham.
Picture postcard advertising Chatham Navy Week 12-17 August 1929, comprising reproduction of pen and ink composition of royal achievement of arms, Chatham Borough Council coat of arms, views of HMS Victory and HMS Kent, Dockyard Main Gate, Dock Road, Chatham and Upnor Castle with scrolls naming ships built 1670-1923, bordered with rope. DE402/19/p.31 (L)

HM Dockyard, Chatham.
Postcard photograph comprising view of starboard side of HMS Canterbury, light cruiser, moored in the River Medway or a dockyard basin, showing quay and low hill in background, on occasion of Chatham Navy Week 1-8 August 1931. On rear, message to Ordinary Seaman (OD) N. Kindred, No. 5 Mess, HMS Canterbury, c/o General Post Office (GPO), London. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to building and service 1916-1934. Published by Medway Studios Ltd., 43 High Street, Chatham. DE402/19/p.32 (U)

HM Dockyard, Chatham.
Postcard photograph entitled HMS Pegasus comprising starboard stern quarter view of catapult ship moored in River Medway on occasion of Chatham Navy Week 3-10 August 1935. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to service of ship from taking up from trade in 1914 to breaking up in 1950, renaming of vessel as Ark Royal 1914 and Pegasus in 1934 and service as seaplane carrier 1914-1923, depot ship 1923-1941, catapult ship 1941-1944 and accommodation ship 1944-1946 when renamed Anita I. DE402/19/p.32 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from Chatham News comprising article reporting last Trafalgar Day Parade through Gillingham and Chatham prior to closure of HM Naval Base and Dockyard, by sailors from HMS Pembroke and HMS Endurance and Royal Marines, with two photographs, one of armed guard, other of Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) contingent, both giving eyes left to civic dignitaries in Gillingham and Chatham. 22 October 1982 DE402/19/33

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from Medway Times comprising article also reporting last Trafalgar Day Parade through Gillingham and Chatham prior to closure of HM Naval Base and Dockyard, by sailors from HMS Pembroke and HMS Endurance and Royal Marines, with two photographs, one of procession turning from Dock Road into The Brook passing Chatham Old Town Hall, comprising Royal Marines Band, colour party, armed guard, officers and Royal Marines marching contingent and second of Rear Admiral Bill Higgins and Councillor Barry Flack, mayor of Rochester upon Medway taking the salute. 22 October 1982 DE402/19/p.34

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising article by Jimmy Hodge reporting parading for Port Divisions of sailors of HMS Pembroke to mark closure of dockyard and naval base, also remembering the loss of 135 ratings in drill sheds in German bombing raid of 3 September 1917, with photographs of ship’s company of HMS Pembroke and stern port quarter of their ship in 1900 (DE402/19/p.35), inspection of ship’s company by HM King George VI c.1940 and wedding cake for wedding of HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, 1981 (DE402/19/p.36) 3 June 1983 DE402/19/pp.35-36

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cuttings from Evening Post reporting divisions at HMS Pembroke marking closure of catering and supply schools and of naval base, taking of salute by Admiral Sir Desmond Cassidi, Commander in Chief Naval Home Command, and award of British Empire Medal (BEM) to Chief Petty Officer Thomas Scott (DE402/19/p.37), with photograph of divisions on parade ground looking from eastern end of terrace (DE402/19/p.38). 3 June 1983 DE402/19/pp.37-38

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from Chatham News comprising article also reporting divisions at HMS Pembroke marking closure of catering and supply schools and of naval base, taking of salute by Admiral Sir Desmond Cassidi, Commander in Chief Naval Home Command and award of British Empire Medal (BEM) to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Thomas Scott with photographs of march past of Royal Marine Band of Commander in Chief Fleet and divisions on parade ground looking from eastern end of terrace, Admiral Cassidi and CPO Scott and march past of platoon of ratings in square rig. 10 June 1983 DE402/19/p39

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from Evening Post comprising article by Chris Laming entitled Pembroke’s Last Parade reporting last Ceremonial Port Divisions, summarising history of establishment and mentioning St. Mary’s Barracks. 3 June 1983 DE402/19/p.40 (U)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from Chatham News comprising letter from E. May Long of Leonard Road, Chatham, bemoaning insufficient provision for public attendance at last Ceremonial Port Divisions and expressing concern at lack of naval presence in future. 10 June 1983 DE402/19/p.40 (L)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising two articles and one letter reporting and commenting on departure of frigate HMS Hermione from dockyard after refit. 17 June, 24 June and 1 July 1983 DE402/19/p.41

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising article by Jimmy Hodge entitled Dying Days of a Dockyard reporting completion of refit on frigate HMS Hermione and redundancy of dockyard workers, with photographs of HMS Hermione in dock and dockyard workers watching her departure. 24 June 1983 DE402/19/p.42

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from Chatham News comprising article reporting handing over of £1,500 sponsorship money to King George’s Fund for Sailors by participants in HMS Pembroke’s last sponsored event, a 300 mile marathon to Pembroke, Pembrokeshire Wales, including Leading Wren Lorna Morgan with photograph of runners, Lieutenant Commander Maurice Board, secretary of King George’s Fund for Sailors and Captain Paddy Sheehan, commanding officer of HMS Pembroke. 8 July 1983 DE402/19/p.43

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from Chatham News comprising article entitled Petitioners ask the Navy to Say Farewell in a Big way reporting efforts by New Britain Party to persuade the Royal Navy to hold a grand march-out by sailors to mark closure of dockyard and naval base and concern by editor of Jane’s Fighting Ships about operational effectiveness of navy, with photograph of Dennis Delderfield, national chairman of New Britain Party. 26 August 1983 DE402/19/p.44

Royal Naval Barracks and HM Dockyard, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising article and letters about lowering of admiral’s flag for last time at Chatham Dockyard on 30 September 1983. September – October 1983 DE402/19/p.45

Royal Naval Barracks and HM Dockyard, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising articles and letter about final ceremonies marking closure of dockyard and naval base and local controversies in relation to former. August and October 1983 DE402/19/46

HM Dockyard, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising article reporting ceremony of lowering of admiral’s flag at sunset on occasion of closure of HM Dockyard, with photographs of Royal Marines Band entertaining crowds on helicopter landing pad at HM Dockyard, Chatham (DE402/19/p.47), sunset ceremony party of three ratings in square rig and senior rating in fore-and-aft rig, presentation of freedom casket to Councillor Adrian Crowther, mayor of Rochester upon Medway by Rear Admiral Bill Higgins and Vice Admiral Sir James Kennon inspecting Royal Marines Band (DE402/19/p.48), 30 September 1983. Published 7 October 1983 DE402/19.pp.47-48)

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cutting from Chatham News comprising article reporting final arrangements for closure of HMS Pembroke and departure of last commanding officer, Captain Paddy Sheehan, with photograph of Captain Sheehan being hauled away from Pembroke Gate (formerly Main Gate) by junior and senior ratings and officers, watched by senior ratings, 29 October 1983. Published 4 November 1983 DE402/19/p.49

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising article reporting on ceremony of lowering White Ensign for last time at HMS Pembroke, departure of last detachment of sailors and ceremonial locking of Alexandra Gate on 18 February 1984, with photographs of Commander R. Wilson reading a farewell speech at Alexandra Gate in presence of junior and senior ratings and residents of Pembroke House, Gillingham (DE402/19/p.50), hauling down of White Ensign, Commander Wilson locking Alexandra Gate, march past by detachment and brewery dray bearing naval and civic participants in ceremony (DE402/19/p.51). Published 24 February 1984. DE402/19/p.50-51

Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
Cuttings from Chatham News comprising article reporting on history and closure of Nore Command operations rooms and tunnels at Medway Road, Gillingham, mentioning HMS Wildfire Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) training centre and its transfer to Collingwood Block, Khyber Road, with photographs of Cleaner Mrs. Joan Howard in a communications room equipped with teleprinters, naval charts (DE402/19/p.52) and Lieutenant Harry Barnes Royal Navy (Retired) of HMS Wildfire (DE402/19/p.53) Published 16 September 1986. DE402/19/pp.52-53

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Cutting from Head-way: The Journal for Medway Health Authority edition no.1, comprising article entitled The History of Medway Hospital with photograph of surgical ward showing patients, nurses and orderlies. Spring 1988 DE402/19/p.54 [See also DE402/19/p.61]

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Postcard photograph entitled Main Entrance, Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham, Kent comprising view of Main Gate looking north-west from point in Windmill Road though gates towards Administrative Block, showing in foreground carriageway, in middle ground Main Gate and in distance left to right, southern elevation of Medical Side wards, Administrative Block and clock tower and southern elevation of Surgical Side wards. Street scene shows two boys in front of gate and police officer in drive, all looking at camera. Balmoral Series, published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton and printed in Saxony, Germany. Couchman’s accompanying notes refer to the opening of the hospital by HM King Edward VII on 26 July 1905. c.1905 DE402/19/p.55 (U)

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Postcard photograph entitled Main Entrance, Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham, Kent comprising view of Main Gate looking north-west from point in Windmill Road though gates towards Administrative Block, showing in foreground carriageway, in middle ground Main Gate and in distance left to right, southern elevation of Medical Side wards, Administrative Block and clock tower and southern elevation of Surgical Side wards. Street scene shows police officer standing on steps of Police Lodge and two grounds men working on drive. On rear, message from Charles William Wray to his wife Mrs. C.W. Wray (Nan), 76 Walter Street, Brierfield, Burnley, Lancashire, describing his work and accommodation. Couchman’s accompanying notes refer to closure of hospital on 16 January 1961. Published by V.E. Hancock, 237 Canterbury Road, Gillingham. Postmarked Gillingham 13 April 1914. DE402/19/p.55 (L)

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Naval Hospital, Gillingham, Kent comprising view of Medical Side and Administrative Block looking north-east from point near Nursing Sisters’ Block, showing in foreground driveway and lawns and in left middle ground and distance, left to right, F Ward, E Ward, clock tower and Administrative Block. Also in left middle ground, grounds man or window cleaner and ladder. On rear, message from unsigned author to a Mrs. Burnell, 60 Regent Street, Plymouth, Devon, concerning a pleasant stay near the above hospital, travel arrangements and bereavement. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Postmarked Gillingham 21 September 1905. DE402/19/p.56 (U)

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Silver or aluminium tinted postcard photograph entitled Naval Hospital, Gillingham, Kent comprising view of Medical Side and Administrative Block looking north-east from point near Nursing Sisters’ Block, showing in foreground driveway and lawns and in left middle ground and distance, left to right, F Ward, E Ward, clock tower and Administrative Block. Also in left middle ground, grounds man or window cleaner and ladder. Reproduced from same negative as DE402/19/p.56 (U) above. Palatine Series. c.1905 DE402/19/p.56 (L)

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Postcard photograph entitled Chatham Royal Naval Hospital and Church comprising view of St. Luke’s Church and Administrative Block looking north-west across lawn from point mid-way between Sick Berth Staff Quarters and Administrative Block, showing in foreground lawn, in left middle ground St. Luke’s Church and in middle distance Administrative Block, clock tower and public entrance. On rear, message from Charles William Wray to his wife Mrs. C.W. Wray (Nan), c/o Mr. Vickers, Oakwood Lodge, Upper Batley, Yorkshire, discussing health, weather and despatch of money. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Postmarked Gillingham 20 August 1914. DE402/19/p.57

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Composite postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham comprising views of, clockwise, Main Gate in Windmill Road looking north-west from point in Windmill Road though gates towards Administrative Block, interior of nave of St. Luke’s Church looking east towards apse, interior of nave of St. Luke’s Church looking west towards west window and view of St. Luke’s Church and Administrative Block looking north-west across lawn from point mid-way between Sick Berth Staff Quarters and Administrative Block. c.1930 DE402/19/p.58 (U)

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Naval Hospital, Chatham comprising view of St. Luke’s Church and Administrative Block looking north-west across lawn from point mid-way between Sick Berth Staff Quarters and Administrative Block, showing in foreground lawn, in left middle ground St. Luke’s Church and in middle distance Administrative Block, clock tower and public entrance. Chatham Borough Council coat of arms superimposed on photograph. Milton Glazette Series, published by Woolstone Brothers, London EC and printed in Germany. c.1906 DE402/19/p.58 (L)

oyal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Hospital, Gillingham comprising view of Surgical Side and Administrative Block looking west along driveway from inside Main Gate, showing in foreground driveway, lawns, shrubs, trees and flower beds, and in distance and middle ground, left to right, part of Medical Side, Administrative Block, public entrance, clock tower, officers’ day room, operating room and Officers’ Pavilion. Street scene shows driveway, grounds men and orderly or Royal Marine. On rear, message from Lillian [-] to a Mrs. Hodges, 4 Harmer Street, Gravesend, discussing travel arrangements. Published by J. Welch and Sons, Portsmouth, Hampshire, photographic publishers. Postmarked Gillingham 27 September c.1905 DE402/19/p.59 (U)

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval Hospital, Gillingham comprising view of Surgical Side and Administrative Block looking west along driveway from inside Main Gate, showing in foreground driveway, lawns, shrubs, trees and flower beds, and in distance and middle ground, left to right, part of Administrative Block, clock tower, Officers’ Pavilion and A Ward. Street scene shows junction of driveways inside Main Gate, male orderly approaching camera, white stone bollards and finger signs. Published by Valentine c.1931 DE402/19/p.59 (L)

[Reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark International]

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Postcard photograph entitled Chatham, Royal Naval Hospital and Church comprising view of St. Luke’s Church and Administrative Block looking west-north-west from point in driveway between Sick Berth Staff Quarters and Master’s House, showing in fore and middle grounds lawn, in left middle distance St Luke’s Church and in right distance Administrative Block, clock tower public entrance and Officers’ Day Room. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to laying of foundation stone of church in 1905, consecration in 1906 and last service on 15 January 1961. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. c.1906 DE402/19/p.60 (U)

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Postcard photograph entitled Naval Hospital, showing Church, Chatham comprising view of St. Luke’s Church and Administrative Block looking north-west from point in driveway in front of Sick Berth Staff Quarters, showing in foreground driveway, in middle ground lawn, heather shrubbery, trees and sapling stakes, in left middle distance St. Luke’s Church and in distance Administrative Block, clock tower and public entrance. Motor ambulances, vans and cars are parked adjacent to Administrative Block. On rear, message from Gwladys (Gwlad) [Goodall] to her mother Mrs. Goodall, 99 Cassiobury Park Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire, discussing treatment of relation at hospital. Excel Series. Bears stamp commemorating centenary of Penny Post. Postmarked Maidstone 25 August 1940. DE402/19/p.60 (L)

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Cutting from Head-way: The Journal for Medway Health Authority edition no.1, comprising article entitled The History of Medway Hospital with photograph of surgical ward showing patients, nurses and orderlies. Spring 1988 DE402/19/p.61 [See also DE402/19/p.54]

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Photograph of interior of Ward A2, Surgical Side, Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham, comprising longitudinal view looking north along aisle, showing nurses standing beside beds and patients sitting up in beds or sitting in wheelchairs or in bedside chairs and looking at camera, ward furnished with table in foreground and decorated with Union flags and bunting presumably for Empire Day (24 May). Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to number of wards and patient capacity. 27 May 1921 8 x 5 ¾” (202mm x 150mm) DE402/19/p.62

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham (Gillingham) (later Medway Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital)
Cuttings from Chatham News (15 November 1991) and Medway Extra (24 August 1990), former comprising article reporting Canadian * support for hospital during First World War and latter photograph of patients and nurses in ward. DE402/19/p.63

[* cf. Canada]

Chatham Division Royal Naval Memorial, Great Lines, Gillingham.
Postcard photograph of Chatham Division Royal Naval Memorial, Great Lines, Gillingham comprising view of obelisk, buttresses surmounted by lions couchant regardant and plinth looking from east, showing brass panels on plinth, motif of fouled anchor in laurel wreath surmounted by naval crown on side of obelisk, pinnacle of naval crest surmounted by golden orb and two visitors in foreground. Couchman’s accompanying notes state the memorial commemorates the Royal Navy, Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), Mercantile Marine Reserve and civilians of Chatham Command killed in the Great War. c.1925 DE402/19/p.64 (left)

Chatham Division Royal Naval Memorial, Great Lines, Gillingham.
Postcard photograph entitled Chatham Naval War Memorial: Unveiled by HRH The Prince of Wales April 26th. 1924 comprising view of obelisk probably also looking from east, showing Published by S.E. Willis, 67 High Street, Chatham, photographer. c.1925 DE402/19.p.64 (right);

Chatham Division Royal Naval Memorial, Great Lines, Gillingham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval War Memorial, The Great Lines, Chatham comprising view of obelisk looking from north-west, showing in foreground visitors and wreaths on plinth and steps and in left distance Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham [cf. Gillingham]. c.1925 DE402/19/p.65 (left);

Chatham Division Royal Naval Memorial, Great Lines, Gillingham.
Postcard photograph entitled Royal Naval War Memorial, The Great Lines, Chatham comprising view of obelisk looking from west-north-west, showing houses in Marlborough Road, Gillingham in left distance. Published by Valentine. c.1925 DE402/19/p.65 (right);

[Reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark International]

Chatham Division Royal Naval Memorial, Great Lines, Gillingham.
Cutting from Medway Extra comprising article reporting mounting of ceremonial guard by HMS Wildfire Reserve Training Centre (Royal Naval Reserve), Collingwood Block, Khyber Road, Gillingham at Royal Naval Memorial, Great Lines, on occasion of Remembrance Day 1993, with photograph of Royal Marine bugler showing obelisk in background. 19 November 1993 DE402/19/p.66

File updated by Borough Archivist 9 January 2007.


Date: [c.1838] 1890-1993
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Family of late John Blagden Hale, Solicitor of Alderley [?Cheshire or Gloucestershire], name of Hale assumed in compliment to his wife's family and property [Solicitors letter]




Date: 1817
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Letter
To “my dear Johnny” from unknown.
Refers to a cricket match between Chester, Cheshire and Liverpool, Lancashire that was postponed until after the grouse shooting season, a “Sentimental little Baronet”, writing to Bull and losing money gambling.
First and last pages missing. It is unclear whether this refers to John 4th Earl of Darnley although the name and date suggests that it may.

Date: 1824
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Title deeds to properties in Chatham, the Hoo Peninsula and north west Kent 1663-1922.

Lease and release (release leading the uses of a fine)

(i) Richard Reeve formerly of Rochester, now of Dartford, surgeon
Mary Knight, a daughter and coheiress of Thomas Olive, gentleman, and his wife Eleanor
(ii) Edward Irish of St. Margaret's parish, Rochester, gentleman
(iii) Alexander Craig of Rochester, gentleman
(iv) John Henniker of Newton Hall, Essex [-]

New-built messuage, garden and meadow land comprising Little Much Pitts of 10 acres abutting land of a Mr. Helby senior west, Joseph Miller east and south and highway between Hoo St. Werburgh and Stoke north;
5 1/2 acres abutting land of a Captain Nash west and south;
Little Orchard of 1 acre abutting Captain Nash's land west and south, North Street to the east and north;
Barn Field of 10 1/2 acres abutting the highway between Hoo and Stoke west and north, Captain Nash's land east and Helby's land south;
land called Tunns of 9 acres abutting Miller west, Helby east, watercourse between Hoo and Stoke north and highway between Hoo and Stoke south;
Sharefield alias Flaxfield of 6 acres abutting [-] Parker west, Nash east, watercourse as above north and Miller south;
Little Furs and Great Furs [cf. Furrs] of 10 1/2 acres abutting lane leading to Sharefield as above north, Helby east, lane or private road south and Miller west;
Gravel Field of 4 1/2 acres abutting Miller west and north, private road as above east and Helby (formerly Richard Whiffin, yeoman, deceased's) south;
Broomfield of 10 acres abutting Helby and Whiffin west, highway from Hoo to Stoke east and north and Little Meadow to south;
Lower Foxes Park alias Clay Hill of 5 acres abutting [-] Salmon west and south, Great Road between Hoo and Stoke east and Whiffin north;
Middle Foxes Park of 4 acres abutting Great or Upper Foxes Park west, Lower Foxes Park alias Clay Hill east, Whiffin north and [-] Salmon south;
Great Upper Foxes Park of 11 acres abutting Lady Pett west, Middle Foxes Park east, Whiffin north and Thomas Faunce south;
Little Meadow of 2 1/2 acres abutting Whiffin west and south, Broomfield north, highway between Hoo and Stoke east;
Long Croft of 3 1/2 acres abutting highway from Hoo to Stoke west, Lady Pett east and south and lane leading to marshes north;
Hamms of 5 1/2 acres abutting private road north and east, Tunbridge watercourse west and south;

all above in Hoo St. Werburgh and occupied by Robert Chapman and bought by Thomas Button of Brompton, master sail maker HM Dockyard Chatham, of Charles and Elizabeth Finch, who bought it of Jeffrey Amhurst esq. and his wife Elizabeth;
messuage and 14 acres in Hoo St. Werburgh formerly occupied by Elizabeth Chapman but now by Robert Chapman, bought by Thomas Button from John Dodd of Buxton, Cheshire, esq., Richard Davenport of London, merchant taylor and Jonathon Robinson of Chester, Cheshire, gentleman, executors of Thomas Hanley of Bunbury, Cheshire, gentleman;

land in the north-east part of the Common Field, Hoo St. Werburgh, abutting Miller north-east, Button south-west and north-west and Helby south-east;
land in south-west part of Common Field, Hoo St. Werburgh, abutting Button north-east and north-west, Charles Finch gentleman south-west etc.;
land in south-west part of Common Field, Hoo St. Werburgh, abutting Button north-east, north-west and south-west etc.; (intention to enclose stated in above cases)
above lands in Common Field successively occupied by Elizabeth and Robert Chapman, given by Thomas Helby senior of Rochester, mariner to Button in exchange for other lands in Hoo St. Mary, High Halstow and Hoo St. Werburgh (described) including Three Cups in Hoo St. Werburgh formerly occupied by Richard Bradnock and now by John Hopper.

Messuage and garden in High Street, Rochester, almost opposite White Hart occupied by Richard Reeve.

Consideration: £690 principal and interest secured on above (excluding last property described) (Henniker to Irish) and £1505 (Reeve)

Witnesses: Ralph Aldus and Richard Smart [?]

Recites deeds 1745-1769

Six applied seals (1 release, 5 release), 1 armorial, 3 pseudo-classical embossed.

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Date: 12-13 June 1772
Quantity: 2 documents
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