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Result number 1 - Please quote Reference: 03_DE_SERIES_0001_0250/DE0058 on request slip.

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Files (with original officers' file references given) transferred from Civic Centre Section, Chief Executive's Department, Rochester upon Medway City Council comprising:

Technical Services Manager's files  Embargoed: access by FoI request only

Chatham/Valenciennes [France] & Overseas Association Sub-Committee, minutes, notices and news-letters 1974-1983;
St. Mary's Church/Medway Heritage Centre [Dock Road, Chatham] 1975-1981;
Libraries- General 1974-1983
International year of the Disabled 1980-1983
GH22 Chatham Market 1982-1983
G408/1 [Cedar Foundation] 68 Maidstone Road, Rochester including plans 1974-1981
G18/1 Hoo Peninsula Railway Study 1980-1983
G18 British Railways 1979-1981
G13 Kent County Constabulary 1974-1983
G452 Properties, High Street, Rochester, General & Miscellaneous including site plans 1974-1983
G452/3 48 High Street, Rochester 1979-1983
G451 Casino [Blue Boar Lane, Rochester] 1974-1981
G451 Casino [Blue Boar Lane, Rochester] 1975
G451 Rochester Casino [Blue Boar Lane] 1981-1983
G454 87 High Street, Rochester 1976-1982
G502 Bar Facilities [Local Authority premises] 1974-1983
G456 Leasing of Properties (Enquiries) 1980-1982
G500 National Boiler and General Insurance Reports 1974-1981
G452/5 51 High Street, Rochester 1975-1982
G452/6 63 & 85 High Street [Rochester] 1975-1983
G452/7 83 High Street, Rochester 1974-1984
R1853/2 Acorn Wharf [Rochester] Lorry Park 1978-1980
R1471 Pedestrian Crossings (Pelican) 1975-1980
G557 Tenders for 1-4 Constitution Hill; 3 garages adjoining 24 Constitution Road, Chatham 1981
G502 Bar Facilities [Local Authority premises] 1981-1983
Chief Engineer/City Technical Services Manager:

R1512 Princes Park- Princes Avenue, Chatham 1974-1979
R1512 Princes park, Princes Avenue [Chatham] facsimile plans 1974-1979
R1520 Phase 7: Marlowe Park-Elgin Gardens, Ranscombe Close [Strood] 1974-1980 including site plans
R1615 City Way [Rochester] Re-[street] Lighting 1975
G415 Housing Aid Centres 1974-1982
Works Diaries (2), Car and Lorry Park Project, Acorn Wharf, The Common, Rochester 1978

Chief Financial Officer:

H2.2 Housing Act Advances 1974-1983
Officers' copies of committee minutes and agenda papers with notes:
R1998 Finance Sub-Committee 1975-1978, Chief Financial Officer's copy;
R1998 Finance Sub-Committee 1978-1980, Chief Financial Officer's copy
R1988 Finance Sub-Committee 1980-1982 City Finance Manager's copy
R1988 Land and Assets Sub-Committee 1979-1980 Chief Financial Officer's copy
R1988 Land and Assets Sub-Committee 1980-1981 Chief Financial Officer's copy

Call No.: CE/CC/4

Date: 1974-1984
Quantity: 6 boxes
Result number 2 - Please quote Reference: 03_DE_SERIES_0001_0250/DE0107 on request slip.

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Additional records of Mr. Andrew Rowe MP, MP for Mid Kent, comprising constituents' correspondence files 

Embargoed (DP Act)

Date: 1987-1990
Quantity: 16 boxes
Result number 3 - Please quote Reference: 03_DE_SERIES_0001_0250/DE0170 on request slip.

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Notices to landowners from East Kent Railway to Dean and Chapter of Rochester (in respect of land in Frindsbury and Strood) and to Rev. G.E. Nash of Longfield

Call No.: DRc
Date: 1857
Quantity: 3 items[?]

Result number 4 - Please quote Reference: 03_DE_SERIES_0001_0250/DE0181 on request slip.

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Additional records Rainham parish church mainly relating to the fabric, comprising:

Cartoon of proposed breastwork for chancel seats by Alexander Gough of Lancaster Place, London, architect c.1850 [?];
two off-prints entitled Kentish Items by Ralph Griffin FSA relating to the Rainham Church brasses (fromTransactions of the Monumental Brass Society Vol. VI pp.354-371 1914[?]) and Church Plate in Kent: Sittingbourne Deanery [Canterbury Diocese] by Rev. C.E. Woodruff MA from Archaelogia Cantiana 1903;
printed booklets comprising Sunburst parish magazines January - December 1991 (12 items)
bundle of letters and other papers comprising letters from Robert Marchant, 2 Bedford Square, London WC1 and Rev. R.U. Potts, St. Augustine's College, Canterbury (Advisory Committee on Faculties, Canterbury Diocese) to Rev. A.D. Hodgson, The Vicarage, Rainham about proposed vicars' nominal board 1929; circulars from Ministry of Town and Country Planning, 38 Onslow Gardens, London and Church Commissioners , 1 Millbank, Westminster SW1 about inclusion of Rainham Church in List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest 1950; letter from Christopher Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester to a Mr. Jordan covering a drawing of the parish chest 1953; letter from H.C. Maule of The Pyghtle, East Bergholt, East Suffolk to an unnamed addressee with an heraldic enquiry concerning the Tufton tombs in Rainham Church and Sir Winston Churchill 1938; plan of Broadview Garden Estate, Rainham, vendor C.E. Andrews c.1921; brass rubbings; notes on two silver flaggons c.1950; with photocopies of all same including photocopy of Gough's drawing as above;
sequestration issued on resignation of Rev. C. Cobb 1908;
curates' licences 1935 - 1965 (4 items) ;
Rural Dean's report 1923;
Memorandum of Reading of 39 Articles of Religion 1955;
Faculties 1897-1931 (7 items);
Call No.: P296 Additional
Date: c.1850-c.1991
Quantity: 1 bundle

Result number 5 - Please quote Reference: 04_DE_SERIES_0251_0500/DE0291 on request slip.

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Records of Alderman (of Chatham Borough Council) Richard Frederick Brain of 14 New Road, Chatham and 194-196 High Street, Chatham, leather merchant, chiefly about the history of Chatham, Rochester, and Kent etc., with account book containing notes on Chatham's parish boundaries c. 1800-1944
[See also DE224, DE228, DE479 & DE674]
A staff file is available detailing the provenance of these items. Further parts of the Brain bequest to the City of Rochester are held by the Medway Council Library Service and Guildhall Museum, Rochester.

Date: Early-mid 20th. Century
Quantity: 1 box
Result number 6 - Please quote Reference: 04_DE_SERIES_0251_0500/DE0384 on request slip.

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Kent County Council Education Committee, Medway Divisional Executive minutes

Date: 1969-1974
Quantity: 1 folder

Result number 7 - Please quote Reference: 04_DE_SERIES_0251_0500/DE0417 on request slip.

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MS items separated from Local Studies collections at former Rochester Upon Medway Studies Centre (now Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre) comprising Rochester upon Medway City Council Medway Valley [Leisure] Park facsimile drawings 1991 with bundle of Rochester upon Medway City Council printed Bye-laws 1970s-1980s; ex-Chatham Library material comprising sale particulars for Woodlands Farm, Chatham Hill 1907; Medway Divisional Executive (Kent Education Committee) minutes 1964-1968; presumed ex-Rochester Library material comprising MS notebook entitled "Rambles by Two Js" F.J. Bloomfield and Mr. J. Kenworthy relating mostly to Kent places and London 1947-1949; Rochester Jubilee Free Library minute book including accounts 1887-1893; letters from Chapter Clerk, Rochester and D.B. Lewis, Rochester to Messrs. Norwood, Smart & Norwood, Charing, solicitors 1831 & 1809 respectively about Land Tax and lease renewal; Rochester 500 Charter celebrations booklet; City of Rochester victuallers list 1898; ; City of Rochester wine and beer certificates; agreement for "Rose Cottage", Hoo St. Werburgh 1933; sale particulars for land in Rochester and Chatham 1885; sale particulars for property in The Brook and High Street, Chatham 1889; release/reconveyance Plot no. 34 Chatham No.1 Estate 1890: Mackey provenance?

RUMCC Additional; C/EC Additional; RCA Additional
Date: 1809-1991
Quantity: 1 box

Result number 8 - Please quote Reference: 04_DE_SERIES_0251_0500/DE0448 on request slip.

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41 Kent County Constabulary Gillingham and Chatham Divisions police constables or officers' notebooks mainly about civil and criminal matters, compiled in the late 1930s and during the Second World War.
Date: 1938-1945
Quantity: 41 small notebooks
Result number 9 - Please quote Reference: 04_DE_SERIES_0251_0500/DE0452 on request slip.

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3 Kent Education Committee certificates for regular attendance and good conduct issued to Frank Dartnell of Higham Church of England School
Date: 1912-1914
Quantity: 3 items
Result number 10 - Please quote Reference: 04_DE_SERIES_0251_0500/DE0481 on request slip.

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Chatham Borough Council general rate estimates 1946-1947, 1952-1953, 1959-1961 & 1962-1971, transferred from Chatham Library, Medway Library Group, Kent County Council
Date: 1946-1971 (gaps)
Quantity: 14 volumes
Result number 11 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0508 on request slip.

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Records of Workers' Educational Association (WEA) South East District, comprising minutes, correspondence, course syllabuses, photographs, newscuttings, printed books and brochures, some historical papers, Personal Computer (PC) discs/disks; includes Trades Union Congress (TUC), University of Kent at Canterbury and Kent County Council (KCC) course files, correspondence with Cooperatives and other British regions of WEA.WEA

File updated by Borough Archivist 18 October 2002.

Access only by prior arrangement/ some items embargoed

Awaiting appraisal by archivist

Date: c.1923-1996
Quantity: 31 boxes
Result number 12 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0539 on request slip.

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Records of Frindsbury Extra Women's Institute, comprising minute books 1966-1993, record books 1966-1994, survey entitled West Kent Pilot Survey: the Countryside in the 1970s by M. Clift, Home and International Produce Representative, constituting Frindsbury Extra's contribution to West Kent federation of WIs' The Countryside in the 1970s project, 1968-1971; printed programme cards 1967-1994 [gaps]; attendance registers 1966-1986 [gaps]; annual financial statements 1971-1992 [gaps]; and bundle of local and West Kent annual reports, artwork for local logo, National and West Kent Federations of WIs circulars and Memorandum and Articles of Association of West Kent, 1980s-1990s.  


Date: 1966-1994
Quantity: 1 box
Result number 13 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0543 on request slip.

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Initial deposit of Co-operative South East records, societies comprising: Invicta [i.e.] Medway 1964-1994; Dartford Industrial 1936-1968; Crockenhill 1890-1907; Ashford 1966-1975; Ashford Co-operative Chemists 1955-1958; Chatham 1949-1984 and North West Kent 1965-1978

uncatalogued. Access by prior arrangement only

Date: 1890-1994
Quantity: 7 boxes
Result number 14 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0546 on request slip.

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Additional records of Kent County Council, Arts & Libraries Department, Medway Towns Area: additional Chatham Library (Chatham Borough Council as Library Authority) records comprising Lending Library Register 1925-1948, Stock Book No.2 1928-1947 and stock book [?] 1947-1957

CBA Additional
Date: 1925-1957
Quantity: 3 volumes

Result number 15 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0547 on request slip.

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Clients' papers of predecessor firms of Martin Tolhurst Partnership, The Precincts, Rochester, solicitors (namely Essell, Knight & Arnold; Arnold, Essell & Baker; Arnold, Day & Tuff; and Arnold, Tuff & Grimwade, solicitors, notaries public, clerks to trustees of various charities and other organisations or Chapter Clerks of Rochester Cathedral), records comprising:Dean & Chapter tithe apportionment and rent charge records for estates mainly in north west Kent arranged by parish 19th.-20th. Centuries; Lock & Luck estate papers 18th.-20th. Centuries; conveyances and other papers, Strood Rural District Council Cliffe Woods housing estate, 19th.-20th. Centuries. Century;Hawkins' Hospital, Chatham printed lists of admissions, 20th. Century;Baker estate and 18 Star Hill, Rochester estate papers 18th.-20th. Centuries;trustees' records of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines' Orphanage, Nore Oxford Road, Gillingham (some names mentioned, 1950s) (early-mid 20th. century) and of Canada House* Maternity Nursing Home, Barnsole Road, Gillingham, (no names mentioned) (early - mid 20th. Century) [for building plans see GBC/BP/2749]. With copy of the Times newspaper containing article on and photograph of Short Brothers' Sunderland Mayo composite aircraft 1938. Other clients' papers, unsorted 18th.-20th. Centuries; Land Tax Commissioners' records, mid-18th. Century;and printed poster by Edwin Harris [ See also DE517, DE548] enumerating Charles and Mary Ross' warships built at Acorn Wharf Ship Yard, Rochester 1791-1814. [See also DE200, DE286, DE548, DE558]

[* subsequently a retirement home run by the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust based in portsmouth, Hampshire]

[** under the management of the Ministry of Health from 1951]

This is a large uncatalogued collection. Minimum 5 working days notice required for access. Some records may be subject to embargo under Data Protection and Human Rights Acts.


File updated by Borough Archivist 16 December 2003

Date: 18th.-20th. Centuries
Quantity: 48 boxes and 1 roll
Result number 16 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0549 on request slip.

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Additional records of Kent County Council, Arts & Libraries Department, Medway Towns Area, Chatham Library (Chatham Borough Council as Library Authority) comprising Stock Book No.1 1903-1928 and Lending Library Register 1948-1969 [1970] with loose enclosures.

[See also DE546]

Date: 1903-1969 [1970]
Quantity: 2 volumes plus loose enclosures

Result number 17 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0578 on request slip.

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Additional constituency and constituents' papers, Mid-Kent constituency (pre-1 May 1997) of A. Rowe, MP, House of Commons, London, comprising constituents' case files 1995, day files 1993-1995 and House of Commons Public Accounts Committee papers 1996-1997

See also DE62, DE107, DE425 and DE542]

Embargoed under Data Protection Act 


Date: 1993-1997
Quantity: 13 boxes
Result number 18 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0580 on request slip.

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Personal and service documentation, ephemera and memorabilia of David Rumsey, British Empire Medal (BEM) of Palmerston Road, Chatham, retired Inspector of Postmen, formerly private soldier, 10th. Battalion Sherwood Forresters and Prisoner of War (PoW), Great War or First World War and Lieutenant, 25th. (36th. General Post Office (GPO)) Battalion, Kent Home Guard, Rochester, Second World War and of friends and relations, comprising letters, postcards, paroles, silk commemorative of the Sherwood Forresters, identity cards, invitation cards, specimen German* PoW Camp bread (passed to Rumsey by his brother in law Charles H. Holloway, also a prisoner of war) c.1917-c.1918, and newscuttings.

[*cf. Germany].

[For some secondary sources on another postman, William J. Saunders (1873-1928), author of Kalomera (1911), please see biographical details and a photocopy of his book held by the Local Studies service at this centre. Please contact:]

[See also establishment records of Postmaster, Head and Chief Post Office, 70/165 High Street, Rochester and later of Postmaster, Rochester and Chatham Post Office, Railway Street, Chatham 1898-1933 four volumes of which mention Rumsey, deposit DE693.]

File updated by Borough Archivist, Medway Council 28 August 2003.

Date: c.1900-c.1968
Quantity: 1 box
Result number 19 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0598 on request slip.

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Title deeds to 172-184 Eastgate, High Street, Rochester relating to site of showrooms and offices of Seeboard and adjacent premises as rented out by Seeboard (formerly Kent Electric Power Co.), successive earlier parties including Ralph James Fremlin, Richard Henry Fremlin and Walter Thomas Fremlin all of Maidstone, brewers (later Whitbread Fremlin Ltd.) (pale ale and stout stores) 1875; Edward Robert Coles of Rochester esq. 1875; Henry Shelley of Penge, wax chandler 1877; Henry Prentis formerly of Rochester, later of Bombay, India, now of 15 Southwick Street, Bayswater, Middlesex, Esq. and John Ross Foord of Rochester, builder 1885; Edward Richard Coles of Ventnor, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, gentleman and Miss Ellen Spong of Rochester 1879; Franklin George Homan of Rochester, auctioneer 1902; Abraham Field of Warwick Street, Middlesex, gentleman and John Lewis Levy of Rochester, merchant 1843; John Kidwell of Rochester, auctioneer 1899; Rochester Squash Club Ltd., 26 High Street, Chatham/The Terrace, Rochester 1938-1944 and the Target Detective Agency of 172 High Street, Rochester 1976; with several abstracts of title reciting from 1839, numerous site plans and declaration by Alfred William Ratcliffe Esq., manager of Rochester Branch of Fremlin Brothers, 172 High Street, Rochester for 26 years, 1929.
Date: [1839] 1840-1986
Quantity: 1 box/c.200 items
Result number 20 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0683 on request slip.

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Additional records of Chatham, St. Paul Parish Church comprising letters of sequestration 1974; additional records of Ash-next-Ridley Parish Church comprising transcript from burial registers 1790-1812 (P8/1/2-3) compiled by North West Kent Family History Society;)

Call Nos.: P85C; P8
Date: Compiled 1990
Quantity: 2 items

Result number 21 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0686 on request slip.

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Various facsimile TS or printed items relating to the Jews in Chatham and Sheerness comprising:

transcription of memorial inscriptions in Chatham Memorial Synagogue burial ground, High Street, Rochester for the period c.1786-c.1894 compiled by Dr. Nicholas de Lange and Julia Neuberger, July 1975 (9pp.);
similar for the burial ground at Sheerness for the period c.1804-c.1899, compiled by de Lange as above and Julia Schwab (2pp.);
photocopies of articles entitled A Jewish Community in Sheerness Parts One and Two published in Bygone Kent (Volume 12, Nos. 3 & 4) 1991 by W.H. Studt (10pp.);
and photocopies of pp. 96-99 from The Rise of Provincial Jewry by C. Roth, 1950
Date: Supplied 1999
Quantity: 1 bundle

Result number 22 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0689 on request slip.

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Additional records of United Benefice and Parish of Snodland with Lower Birling, Snodland church only, comprising register of banns

Transferred from Maidstone Reference Library, Kent County Council to Centre for Kentish Studies, Kent County Council.
Former library reference: SNO929.3
Former Centre for Kentish Studies reference Accession A1974

Call no.: P342
Date: 1824-1881
Quantity: 1 volume

Result number 23 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0691 on request slip.

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Additional records of Winget Ltd. of High Street and Commercial Road, Strood, concrete machinery manufacturers, deposited by former Winget UK Sales Manager, comprising photograph album of black and white photographic prints of exterior and interior scenes of Winget's works (subsequently the Civic Centre offices of Rochester upon Medway City Council and Medway Council, q.v.), offices, premises, adjacent areas in Strood, staff and equipment, including aerial photographs and views of the River Medway and Janes Creek; exposed by Dudley Studios, 246 High Street, Rochester and Kent Messenger newspapers, 1960s mostly captioned and attributed (79 prints)

With Winget products price list, September 1982

Collection call no.: 3B additional
Date: 1960s; 1982
Quantity: 2 items

Result number 24 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0696 on request slip.

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Additional records of United Benefice of Cobham with Luddesdown and Dode, Luddesdown Church and Parochial Church Council only, mainly comprising treasurer's records, including:

Parochial Church Council minutes 1968-1988, 1991-1998 (4 bundles/folders);
Account book 1982-1995;
Balance sheets 1956-1984 (1 folder);
Accounts and correspondence, Leywood Trust, Augmentation Trust/account and parsonage [1962] 1967-1996 with facsimile foundation documents and historical notes on same;
Returns to diocese of accounts, expenses, stipend, etc. 1986-1996 (1 bundle);
Accounts with Rochester Diocesan Board of Finance/repair fund, etc. 1992-1995;
Treasurer's general correspondence files 1983-1993 (2bundles);
Church of England Central Board of Finance file 1994-1996 including historical and architectural notes (1 bundle);
Quinquennial repairs [1981] 1982-1987 including architect's drawings (1 folder);
Maintenance of fabric, etc. 1971-1978 including facsimile architect's drawings (1 bundle);
Returns to the diocesan treasurer 1979-1986 (1 folder);
Budgets, balances of investments and income and expenditure accounts 1987-1992 (1 folder);
Finance Committee/Increased Giving Committee minutes and papers 1990-1993 (1 folder);
Cobham Rural Deanery treasurers and covenant secretaries 1991-1992 (1 wallet folder);
Accounts with Official Custodian of Charities 1990-1994 (1 folder);
Advertising space in parish magazine 1997 (1 bundle);
Treasurer's budget planning file 1985-1997 ( wallet folder);
Treasurer and secretary's reports 1996-1997 (1 wallet folder);
General correspondence including public footpaths and procedures for wedding flowers, with printed notes on prehistoric Luddesdown by A.M. Gull, 1982-1989;
Appeal for funds 1980-1982 (1 wallet folder);
History file, containing printed pamphlets relating to aspects of the history of Luddesdown, comprising:
A short guide to Luddesdown Church author's initials EJB, 1985 including plan;
The village of Luddesdown in Kent: a peaceful refuge of man for 4000 years by R. and E. Bassett c.1983;
Brief notes on Luddesdown parish church Kent: dedicated in the names of St. Peter and St. Paul c.1960;
Luddesdown festival of thanksgiving c.1980;
off-prints by A.M. Gull on Anglo-Saxon Luddesdown and Prehistoric Luddesdown [q.v.];
(1 wallet folder, 6 items contained).

Call no.: P235

Date: 1956-1998
Quantity: As above
Result number 25 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0706 on request slip.

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Records deposited by West Kent Health Authority, Preston Hall, Hospital, Aylesford (acquired from Thames Gateway NHS Trust), comprising the records of St. Bartholomew's Hospital Chapel, Rochester/Chatham (1817-1970 [1972]), and St. William's Hospital, Rochester (1883-1960), viz:

Correspondence of Hospital Superintendent-Secretary and minutes, Chapel Committee 1936-1946 [1972] (1 binder);
Account book kept by Rev. John Bailey, chaplain of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, for subscriptions to and expenses of restoration of the chapel 1877-1886, vestry 1887-, chancel screen 1893 and organ 1897 (1 volume) with pasted-in printed and manuscript enclosures comprising 800th. Anniversary commemoration fund notice 1879 (1 item); annual accounts 1870-1874 and service sheets/notices 1868-1871 (1 sheaf); inscribed by Rev. Canon S.W. Wheatley, rector of St. Margaret's Church, Rochester, q.v. ;
Loose enclosures removed from account book above, comprising offertory record 1871-1878 (1 bundle); three black and white photographs (prints) of the chapel interior viz., wrought iron screen, organ and nave c.1900; letter from the Earl of Darnley to F.F. Smith, clerk to the Trustees, acknowledging his appointment as a Trustee (1 item); letter from Wheatley as above to C.F. Speyer, Superintendent and Secretary, covering the account book and contents, 1940 (1 item); Chapel fund account book 1933-1946 (1 volume);
Book of remembrance [1956-] 1961 (1 volume) [mutilated];
Service registers 1884-1900, 1933-1940, 1940-1947, 1947-1960 and 1960-1970 (5 volumes);
Loose accounts (vouchers) removed from service register 1940-1947, 1946-1947 (1 bundle);
Printed book entitled The Holy Bible commentaries edited by Rev. Samuel Clarke and Rev. John Scott [?], published by S.A. Oddy of 2 Ivy Lane, London and Willam Lewis, 22 St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, London [?], printed by Lewis as above, 1817, illustrated, binding inscribed Mr. H[..], Str[ood] [i.e. Strood], (1 volume, folio) [mutilated];

NB baptisms, marriages and services at the chapel are conducted by the rector of the parish of Rochester who serves as chaplain to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, but using the dedicated baptism, marriage and service registers kept either at the chapel or by the rector of the parish of Chatham, in whose parish the chancel lies.

NB for other records of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester/Chatham, please see:
St. Bartholomew's Hospital records (CH2);
archives of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester (DRc) passim ;
Ministry of Health, Medway area records (MH/Me) including deposit DE655, architects' drawings;

Register of deaths, St. William's Hospital (Rochester and Chatham Joint Hospital for Infectious Diseases), Delce Road/St. William's Way, Rochester 1883-1960 (1 volume) [mutilated].

For other records of St. William's Hospital, please see records of Ministry of Health, Medway area (MH/Me). For a plan of the St. William's Hospital site, see MP/B/10/1 (1947).

Call no.: MH/Me
Date: 1817-1972
Quantity: As above

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