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Result number 1 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0532 on request slip.

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Family and personal estate papers of antecedents of Moverley or Moverly family of Medway Towns, Ramsgate, Surrey, and Middlesex including numerous pedigrees, probate copies of wills, correspondence, site plans, sale particulars, and parish register extracts; other related families including Simmons, Rutherford, Boxey, Webb, Parker and Tapley


Please note that the condition of this collection is grade D (on a scale of A-E) and large parts of it are unfit for production 

Date: Early - mid 19th. Century.
Quantity: 8 folders
Result number 2 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0535 on request slip.

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Additional records of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester comprising main portion of Rochester Cathedral Choir Library. De-accessioned and donated by Dean and Chapter to Nutfield Parish Church Choir, Surrey

DRc Additional

Uncatalogued: access only by written request

Date: 18th. - 19th. Centuries
Quantity: 19 boxes
Result number 3 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0614 on request slip.

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Miscellaneous documents or documents of unrelated provenance comprising:

register of certificates issued by Commissioners of the Land Tax to persons redeeming or purchasing Land Tax for the North Division of the Lathe of Aylesford 1798-1873 giving date of certificate, name of official signatory e.g. Edward Twopeny [alias Twopenny] & George Essell, parish, names of parties, description of premises, name of owner, name of occupier, rate assessed, terms of redemption and date forwarded to Tax Office;
printed sale particulars and conditions of sale of 6 acres comprising estate of E.J. Chambers located at crossroads formed by Lower Rainham Road (B2004), Horrid Hill and Twydall Lane, Gillingham, plan showing Twydall Farm [now Manor Farm] and Alfred Place 1913;
printed sale particulars and conditions of sale of 101 acres comprising Little London Farm at Twydall, Gillingham, plan showing also Twydall Farm and York Farm and Horrid Hill with railway sideline to Sharp’s Green Cement Works;
also 6 acres between Danes Hill and Grange Road, plan also showing Hastings Arms Public House and Gillingham Portland Cement Works, comprising estate of John Friday Esq. 1913;
printed sale particulars and conditions of sale to houses and plots of land at Bryant’s Place, Alexandra Terrace, Stanhope Road and Weston Road, Strood 1882;
5 disrupted title deeds comprising office copy of will of Margaret Bryant of Chatham, widow, proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1831;
King, Tomlyn and Johnson families of Chatham to 12 acres occupied by Nicholas Wisdome in Gillingham 1736;
Warren of Chatham, Featherstone of Birling, Miller of Gillingham and Hore/Hoar of Chatham to premises in Chatham and Gillingham 1732;
Pratt of Chatham and Mortlake, Surrey and Young of Chatham to premises in Chatham, 1819, 1827.

Believed Mackey provenance

[See also DE167, DE191, DE214, DE402, DE408, DE417, DE450, DE457, DE485].
Date: 1732-1913
Quantity: 10 items

Result number 4 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0738 on request slip.

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Papers pertaining to the political career and family history of Councillor Mrs. Bertha Grieveson OBE JP of Charmal, 127 Rochester Street, Chatham, alderman of the Borough of Chatham and mayor 1962-1963.

Illuminated parchment scroll of conferment of honorary freedom of the borough, bearing borough coat of arms, insignia of Order of the British Empire and a sword and scales symbolising justice, subsequent to council resolution of 14 February 1974, effective 19 March 1974, with leather or imitation leather cover, oak container bearing enamelled monogram BG, enamelled borough coat of arms, metal fittings, silver inscribed plate inside lid, padded silk liner, two ribbons and four screw fittings;

apprenticeship indenture of John Stewart Grieveson of 384 High Street, Rochester to Joseph Henry Durrant of 282 High Street, Rochester, carpenter and joiner, 1908 (1 membrane);
1914-1915 star, 9793 Driver J.S. Grieveson, Royal Field Artillery, copper alloy, with ribbon;
Victory medal, Great War for Civilisation 1914-1919, 136421 Air Mechanic Second Class J.S. Grieveson, Royal Air Force, with ribbon;
sepia visiting card photograph of soldier in walking out dress with swagger stick, service chevrons, marksmanship badge, two campaign medals and collar badges (Surrey Regiment [?]), foreign service helmet placed on stand to right, with other studio scenery surrounding, studio A.L. Clark, 8 Watts’ Place, Chatham c.1900 (1 item);

printed matter associated with Mrs. Grieveson’s political career comprising:

end of borough dinner menu card and order of ceremony 28 March 1974 (1 x A5 booklet);
commemorative notice of agenda, first Kent County Council education committee, Medway divisional executive meeting 28 March 1974 (1 x A4 page);
Chatham Borough Council Christmas card from the mayor and mayoress, 1962, illustrated with perspectival drawing of Chatham from Fort Amherst by G. Flight of Medway College of Art (1 item);
order of ceremony for presentation of honorary freedom of the borough to Alderman Albert George Charles Brown JP CEng MIEE and Alderman Mrs. Bertha Grieveson OBE JP 19 March 1974 with photographs of each (1 booklet);
order of ceremony for presentation of honorary freedom of the borough to Rt. Hon. Arthur George Bottomley PC OBE, MP for Rochester and Chatham, with photograph 30 April 1959 (1 booklet);
order of ceremony for presentation of honorary freedom of the city of Rochester upon Medway to Mr. Roy Hill, former chief executive and town clerk of Chatham and Rochester upon Medway, with photograph 9 December 1982 (1 x A5 booklet);
printed booklet comprising Recommendations of the finance committee on the articles of the town warrant for Chatham, Massachusetts, United States of America, 6 March 1961 (1 booklet);
printed invitation card for 250th. anniversary dinner for Chatham, Massachusetts, United States of America, 1962, including photograph of painting of a Cape Cod half house (1 item);

various photographs pertaining to Mrs. Grieveson’s political career, comprising:

10” x 8” black and white exterior group photograph of persons including Mrs. Grieveson at official opening of the Rochester Chatham and Gillingham Joint Sewerage Board sewage treatment works extensions at Motney Hill, Gillingham, c.1970, studio Leonard Hill, 280 High Street, Rochester, with five colour aerial photographs of same works, also showing River Medway and Hoo Peninsula, studio Skyfotos Ltd., Ashford Airport c.1970;
overhead photograph of full council in ceremonial costume in council chamber, Chatham Town Hall, Mrs. Grieveson sitting at left of mayor, councillor Ronald Foster sitting third anti-clockwise, mace and mace-bearer present, c.1960s, studio Dudley Studios, 246 High Street, Rochester;
overhead photograph of full council in ceremonial costume in council chamber, Chatham Town Hall, councillor C.E. Harvey, mayor, Mrs. Grieveson sitting 6th. anti-clockwise, councillor Ronald Foster sitting fourth anti-clockwise 1960 x 1961, studio Dudley Studios of Rochester;
overhead photograph of full council in ceremonial costume in council chamber, Chatham Town Hall, Councillor J.C. Buck, mayor, Councillor Ronald Foster, deputy mayor, Mrs. Grieveson as alderman sitting at right, mace and mace bearer present, 1964 studio Kent Messenger;
two photographs of Mrs. Grieveson and Richard Austen Butler CH MP on occasion of opening ceremony of Headquarters Administrative and Training Centre, Medway Civil Defence Committee, 6 March 1961, accompanied by four wardens in Civil Defence battledress uniform and other civilians in lounge suits, with stamped envelope (3 items);
group photograph including Mrs. Grieveson and Rt. Hon. Hugh Todd Naylor Gaitskell PC MP, leader of the Labour Party, on the occasion of his visit to Chatham, 1962 Daily Herald; (1 item);
2 x 8” x 6” black and white group photographs of Mrs. Grieveson and Hugh Gaitskell 1962, studio Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News, 30 High Street, Chatham;
6” x 4” black and white group photograph of Mrs. Grieveson and Hugh Gaitskell 1962, studio Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News, 30 High Street, Chatham;
folder of seven 6” x 4” black and white photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Grieveson, latter wearing chain of office as mayor of Chatham, visiting acquaintances in Chatham, Massachusetts, United States of America, c.1961, studio Andre Snow, Brookline, Chatham, Massachusetts;
2 x 10” x 8” black and white photographs of Mrs. Grieveson wearing mayoral chain with ladies, some in traditional dress, in Chatham, Massachusetts, United States of America c.1961, studio Charles W. Cartwright, Main Street, Corner Blackberry Lane, Chatham, Massachusetts, United States of America (2 items);
10” x 8” black and white overhead group photograph possibly of Chatham Borough Council members and staff, on occasion of formal dinner, c. late 1950s;
four assorted colour (1962) and black and white photographic portraits of Mrs. Grieveson, wearing mayoral regalia and chain of office in three and with mace in one, studios Howe of Chatham, Leonard Hill of Rochester and Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News,
6” x 4” black and white group photograph of Mrs. Grieveson being inducted as mayor, mace bearer on left and previous mayor, councillor C.E. Harvey on right, 1962 studio Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News;
group photograph of Mrs. Grieveson in chain of office as alderman, with councillor J.S. Wells, mayor of Chatham, latter holding trophy 1973 x 1974, studio Kent Messenger;
four interior and exterior group photographs three including Mrs. Grieveson, in two wearing mayoral chain, one with Chatham Police rugby football team, one with His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, latter wearing service dress, sam browne belt and service cap with badge of general staff (studio Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News; ); and two of informal social gatherings and refreshments being taken, one a group photograph including Arthur Bottomley, the other of a women's gathering (studio Kent Messenger).

Call no.: DE738

File updated by Borough Archivist, Medway Council 18 April 2001.

Date: c.1900 - 1974
Quantity: As above
Result number 5 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1024 on request slip.

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Additional records of Holy Trinity Parish Church, High Street, Dartford, comprising:

service register 1991-2004 (1 volume);
minutes of annual general and annual parochial meetings 1995-1999 (6 packets);
PCC attendance register 1962-1994 (1 volume);
printed notice of vestry meeting 1852 (1 item);
letters of sequestration 1984 (1 item);
PCC and incumbent’s correspondence 1985-1998, 1994-1997 and 2000 topics including West Window, Spilman Tomb and roof repairs (3 bundles);
colour photographs of east window with key March 1994 (1 packet);
bills of quantities for extension and refurbishment by Thomas Ford and Partners, Sydenham, London, chartered architects and Huntley Cartwright, Caterham, Surrey, chartered quantity surveyors, August 1995 (2 volumes);
Church of England Men’s Society (CEMS) certificate of registration of Dartford Church as a branch of CEMS 1962 (1p.);
intercessions books 1995-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999 and 2001-2002 (4 volumes);
photocopy of word processed statement by the vicar Rev. Martin Henwood BD about the re-ordering of the church 1994 (1.p);
statement by Thomas Ford and Partners, Sydenham, London, chartered architects and surveyors, on completion of repairs to Dartford Church c.1995 (1 sheaf);
correspondence with Thomas Ford and Partners, Sydenham, London, chartered architects about conversion of priest’s room, with drawing print-outs, 2000-2003 (1 folder);
drainage lay-out for new parish rooms and vestry, Covell Matthews and Partners, London, architects and planning consultants 1971 (1 sheet);
designs for church/Trinity Fare Café/parish centre noticeboard c.1995 (1p.);
colour photographs of the interior of Dartford Church pre-restoration, with contents page 1995 (1 bundle);
facsimile architectural drawings of Dartford Church, photocopies of articles pertaining and material published in celebration of local government in Dartford 1995, compiled c.1995 (1 bundle);
colour photographs of Dartford Church during restoration 1995 and black and white photographs of Dartford Church in 1962 (1 bundle);
colour photographs of church interior showing decay 1995 (1 packet);
correspondence about new boundary wall 2002 (1 packet);
correspondence with Mansell, Croydon, Surrey, contractor about final account for church re-ordering 1997-1998 (1 bundle);
photographs of gravestones revealed after flooding, 1968 (5 items);
typescript transcription of and notes on memorial inscription found at east end of church 1987 (1 sheaf);
MS notes on church records compiled c.1980s (1 bundle);
disbound leaves from scrapbook 1997-2000 (1 bundle);
photographs and captions illustrating the activities of the church family comprising bell ringers, communicants, Sunday School, after service coffee, lunch club, Trinity Tots nursery or play group and walking group, July 1995 (1 bundle);
Diocese of Rochester Thames Gateway Report compiled by Pauline Forrester, University of Greenwich, September 1999 (1 volume);
correspondence about Thames Gateway 1995-1999 (1 folder);
scrapbook containing newscuttings 1994-1997 (1 binder);
typescript history of Dartford Parish Church 1961 (1 bundle);
Dartford Town Centre draft townscape study and proposals, Moore, Piet and Brookes, Ealing, London, landscape architects, August 1994 (1 booklet);
application by parochial church council (PCC) to European Commission for financial assistance towards repair of Dartford Church, January 1995 (1 booklet);
correspondence about repair of church fabric, town planning and old church hall 1953-1971 with facsimile drawings of new west doors by J. Antony Lewis ARIBA, Crooms Hill, London 1965 (2 items);
leases, undertakings, condition reports and correspondence about use of church hall and yard 1914-1971 (1 folder);
correspondence about repairs to and insurance of church hall, Lowfield Street, Dartford 1947-1950 (1 folder);
correspondence about glebe land at Hawley Road, Wilmington, including site plans, [1786] 1887, 1962-1969 (1 folder);
correspondence about repairs to drainage to river 1984 (1 packet);
specifications for re-wiring the church 1935 by B. Wingfield Bowles and Partners, London SW1, consulting engineers (booklet, 2 copies);
mortgage and counterpart mortgage for drainage of vicarage under Gilbert’s Acts, 1897 (2 items with envelope);
site plan of vicarage 1897 (1 item, with envelope);
papers relating to dilapidations of vicarage and new vicarage 1954-1962 (3 packets);
typescript transcription of churchwardens’ account book 1642-1714, compiled by A. Cumberland, 1934 (1 volume);
annual church reports with accounts 1877, 1881 and 1886 (3 booklets);
fire insurance policy 1862 (1 item);
insurance policies 1983-1993 (1 packet);
typescript list of churchwardens 1720-1995, compiled c.1995 (1 sheaf);
institutions of clergy 1930-1969 and order in council regarding rural deaneries 1965 (1 packet);
typescript volume entitled monograph on the structural character of the walls and masonry of the church of the Holy Trinity, Dartford W.F. Bevis, 1943 (3 copies);
typescript monograph entitled An outline of the history of the parish church of Holy Trinity, Dartford G.H. Porteous, March 1963 (1 volume);
printed booklet entitled A guide to Dartford Parish Church of the Holy Trinity by G.H. Porteous, 1966 (1 booklet);
printed booklet entitled The Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Dartford c.1960 (1 booklet);
printed book entitled Collection and abstract of all the material deeds, wills, leases and legal documents relating to the several donations and benefactions to the church and poor of the parish of Dartford, in Kent and of the ‘spittal alms-houses, etc. by John Landale, 1829, inscribed George Cann 1829, with covering letter from Rev. Canon P.C. Collins, Crayford to Rev. Canon R.B. Griffin, Dartford 1978 (1 volume and enclosures; with second copy);
printed booklet entitled The Report of the Committee upon the Dartford Charities 1860 (4 copies);
photocopies of typescript articles and on various aspects of Dartford history and biographical MS notes, 20th. Century (1 packet);
printed booklet entitled Dartford Parish Church of the Holy Trinity 900th. Anniversary Appeal 1980 (1 booklet);
newscutting reporting 900th. anniversary service 1980 (1 item);
carbon copy of typescript address by Dr. R.D. Say, Bishop of Rochester at service to mark 900th anniversary of building of church 1980 (1 sheaf);
printed book entitled Dartford Country: The Story of the Hundred of Axstane Geoff Porteous, 1985, inscribed by the author (1 volume);
visitors’ book for Trinity 2000 launch day 30 January 1993 (1 volume plus loose enclosures);
certificate of award of Andrus Award of Dartford Historical and Antiquarian Society to Dartford Church’s Trinity 2000 Committee for church restoration, 1996 (1p.);
organ tuner’s notebook 1975-1987 (1 volume);
word processed article entitled The organs of the parish church of the Holy Trinity, Dartford, Kent by D.R.S. Force BA c.1985 (1 sheaf);
varied printed matter about Dartford Church including organ recital programmes and stewardship campaign leaflets, 1980s (1 packet);
opinion of J. Scarlett, Temple, London on office of organist, 1828 with typescript transcription 20th. Century; MS notes on vestry meeting of 24 April 1848; photocopy of notes on the office of organist 1852 with typescript transcription 20th. Century (5pp.);
nave visitors’ book 1997-2000 (1 volume);
desk top published booklet entitled Faith in Their Voices (FIT) c.2001 (1 booklet);
printed brochure entitled FIT Voices: turning negatives into positives c.2001 (1 brochure);
booklet entitled Dartford Deanery’s Parishes: Partners in Mission: church members’ views of their parish life today and tomorrow by Dartford Deanery Synod 1978 (1 booklet);
stencil typescript booklet entitled Dartford Deanery: report by ad hoc committee appointed to make proposals for the future pattern of pastoral care within the deanery 1972 (1 booklet);
framed and mounted notice for holding a memorial service for Richard Trevithick, 23 April 1933 (1 item);
order of service for re-opening of church (2 pamphlets);
service sheets for special services 1972-1986 (1 packet);
orders of service, church guides and other printed matter of local relevance 1997-2001 (1 bundle);
typescript transcription of will of Richard Fielder [cf. Feilder] proved 1693/1694 and typescript notes on Fielder family (1 sheaf);
income and expenditure book for luncheon club 1991-2004 (1 booklet);
parish magazines 1994-2000 (7 packets);
parish magazines 1996-2001 (1 bundle);
parish magazines containing articles by Geoff Porteous 1969-1985 (4 items);
correspondence about memorial to Geoff Porteous 1987-1992 (1 packet);
parish magazine January 1880 (1 item);
bond for payment of £600 to Isabella Lingard of Bromley, spinster 1792 (1 item);
certificate as to marriage by banns of William Carter and Ann Briscoe of Dartford, 1824 (1 item);
photographs of amateur theatrical productions in church including William Shakespeare’s Henry V c.1967 (1 bundle and 1 packet);
programme, script and song sheet for World War Two musical production c.1995 (1 packet);
letters from local school children and printouts of digital photographs of a school visit 2003 (1 packet);
letters from and drawings by local school children 1997-1998 (1 packet);
photograph of dedication of new vicarage 1962 (1 item, mounted, with typescript notes);
medallion awarded to Elsie Gurney for learning the catechism 24 March 1910 (1 medallion with box);
list of names of recipients of charitable or poor relief [?] including members of the 52nd. and 24th. regiments 1815, found in void under floor of priest’s room 2002 [fragmentary, UFP];
MS notes pertaining to erection of flag staff 1932, found under flagpole during re-roofing of tower 2000 [fragmentary, UFP];
carbon typescript constitution of Friends of Holy Trinity Church, Dartford c.1970 and correspondence about Trinity 2000 Charity 2000-2001 (1 sheaf);
newscutting reporting memorial service for Diana, Princess of Wales and condolence cards left at church, 1997 (1 binder);
printed pamphlet entitled The Literary Churchman 16 August 1860 (1 item);
lease and associated papers relating to Health Centre adjacent to church, tenant Thameslink Healthcare Services, National Health Service Trust, 1997-1998 (1 packet);
photograph of Peter and Heather Vale on occasion of wedding reception and first use of Trinity Fare Café c.1995 with café brochure (2 items);
service sheets and orders of service for marriage services 1998-2000 (1 packet);
group photograph of parish clergy, Rev. K. Johnson, Rev. E. Holland, Rev. N. Collard and Rev. R. Griffin c.1967 (1 item);
printed programmes for mayoress of Dartford’s at home party 1999 and visit of HRH The Duke of Kent to Dartford Church 2000 (2 items);
newscuttings, pamphlet and colour photographs relating to flower festival 1994 (1 packet);
letters from Mrs. S. Jackson, Alms House, High Street, Greenhithe to incumbent, asking for marriage certificate, with envelope 1949 (3 items);
word-processed, MS and printed ephemera and electricity meter card 1874-2000 (1 bundle)

Date: [1642] 1792-2004
Quantity: 6 boxes
Result number 6 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1049 on request slip.

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Records transferred by Community Librarian, Gillingham Library, High Street, Gillingham, Libraries, Information and Museum Service, Leisure Division, Education and Leisure Directorate, Medway Council of varying or unknown provenance, mainly collected by Norman Tomlinson, Gillingham Borough Librarian before c.1973, some possibly previously from Gillingham Borough Museum [cf. Woodlands Museum], Woodlands House, 48 Woodlands Road, Gillingham (closed in 1956), comprising:

Printed and MS material deposited by Mrs. Emily B. Robinson, widow of former councillor Engineer Lieutenant Commander Lumley Robinson, Royal Navy, inventor of the Jubilee Worm Drive Clip, of 21 Balmoral Road, Gillingham, comprising correspondence relative to the relief of the victims of the Firemen’s Wedding Tragedy in Gillingham Park [1929] 1930s-1940s, correspondence and newscuttings relative war years and Mrs. Robinson’s wartime activities including ration books and Spitfire Fund 1940s, Cllr. Robinson’s year book and leather cover 1931 and printed booklets and postcards commemorative of Gillingham municipal life c.1903-c.1953 (1 bundle);

records of Gillingham Arts Council comprising accounts, correspondence, minutes, news sheets, booklet entitled The Arts in the Medway Towns published by Gillingham Arts Council 1955 and correspondence pertaining, 1950-1965 (1 bundle) *;

records of Medway Arts Council (successor to Gillingham Arts Council) comprising newsletter Headway Special: The Arts in the Local Community, correspondence and minutes 1966-1969 (1 bundle) *;

[* see also Records of Rochester Arts Society (minutes) 1948-1958, Medway Theatre Guild c.1950s and Northgate Society, Rochester 1971 (DE53/2)]

printed orders of ceremony, orders of proceedings and souvenir brochures for admissions to freedom of the borough of Gillingham, recipients comprising Rev. Walter W. Blocksidge 1925, Franklin Coles Boucher 1932, HMS Pembroke 1955, Aldermen A.M. Davenport and A.W. Tapp 1936, George C. Swain 1939, Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Tovey 1945, Corps of Royal Engineers 1953 and Frederick F.A. Burden 1971, with photograph of testimonial to Tovey 1945, photographs of Burden’s freedom ceremony 1971; invitation cards 1953 and 1971 (1 bundle);

Miss Hilda Jacobs of 113 Richmond Road, Gillingham, confectioner’s bequest comprising records of career of her uncle Charles Edwin Jacobs (1858-1949) of Portsmouth, Hampshire, London, Liverpool, Lancashire, 4 Fairfield Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and 20 Camden Road, Gillingham, as sea-going dockyard craftsman based at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth, Hampshire 1879-1884 and Assistant Warder, HM Convict Prisons Service, serving firstly at HM Convict Prison, Chatham from 1884 [-1893] and then at HM Prison, Borstal [1893-] until 1899 (1 bundle/15 items), with photographs of HM Convict Prison, Chatham c.1884 (2 items), photograph of subject as able seaman in sailor’s suit and sennet hat c.1884, two photographs believed of subject at tobacconist’s shop at 4 Fairfield Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey c.1920 (2 items), head and shoulders studio photograph of subject in prison warder’s uniform c.1884, group photograph of soldiers in 1907 pattern service dress, badged Royal Engineers, possibly Volunteer Training Corps (VTC) at a location possibly in east Kent, subject believed front row, far left c.1915 x c.1918 (1 item); bills from A. Jabez Whitehead, 197-199 High Street, Chatham, general furnishing warehouseman, to Jacobs 1889 (2pp.); St. Luke’s Parish Church, Gillingham, magazine reporting burial of Jacobs May 1949 (1 item); backing board from framed photograph addressed to a Mr. Jacobs, Richmond Road, Gillingham (1 item, wood);
1878-1949 (1 box)

[See M8 for photocopies];

[Believed bequeathed to Gillingham Borough Council 1973]

watercolours, pastels and lino and wood cuts of subjects comprising still lifes, landscapes, portraits and rabbits (for Japanese New Year and Year of the Rabbit 1963), by named pupils of varying ages of Yokosuka Otsu High School, Yokosuka, Japan, endorsed with messages and inscriptions in English and Japanese, for exhibition mounted at Gillingham Library, High Street, Gillingham, attended by Mr. Tanaka, Second Secretary of the General Affairs Section, Japanese Embassy, London, with accompanying correspondence between Norman Tomlinson, Borough Librarian and Alderman Freddie Cooper, Mayor, 1963 (1 box);

printed orders of proceedings for elections of mayors and annual council meetings, Gillingham Borough Council, 1952-1972 (4 packets);
declarations and oaths of mayors and deputy mayors on acceptance of office 1903-1962 (1 bundle);
commemorative brochures for banquet celebrating Golden Jubilee of incorporation of borough of Gillingham, Central Hotel, Gillingham, 1953 (1 bundle);
order of proceedings or itinerary for beating the bounds or perambulating the boundary of the borough of Gillingham 1953;
souvenir programme for opening of Municipal Buildings, Canterbury Street, Gillingham 1937 (1 booklet);
luncheon menu on occasion of opening of Municipal Buildings 1937 (1 item);
menu and programme for mayoral banquet 1924 (1 item);
programmes for mayoral reception and dance at Woodlands School Hall, Gillingham 1932-1933 (2 items);
menu and programme for civic dinner on occasion of disbandment of Gillingham Borough Council 1998 (1 item);
invitation cards for municipal occasions 1937-1971 (4 items);
Borough of Gillingham Corporation Act 1944 (1 item);
Christmas card from councillor George Smith, mayor and councillor Mrs. Diana Smith, mayoress 1997 (3 items, duplicates);
letter from G.W. Burrans of Fareham, Hampshire to Peter Emery, Gillingham Library about Rouse family of Gillingham and Edith K. Rouse fl. 1920, 1995 (3pp.);
character reference for Edith K. Rouse from Alderman G.C. Swain, mayor of Gillingham, c.1909-c.1910 (1p.);
programme for Gillingham Borough’s final year 1997-1998 entitled Gillingham Celebrates;
leaflet advertising borough warden service c.1990 (1 item);
enamelled lapel badge bearing coat of arms of Gillingham Borough Council c.1950 (1 item)

Photocopies (except for endorsements) of the records, mainly correspondence, of the Hamlet, Vill or Limb of Grange (or Grench) in Gillingham in the Cinque Port of Hastings, Sussex, kept at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, as supplied by the Town Clerk of Hastings to Norman Tomlinson, Borough Librarian of Gillingham, originals dated 1733 (appointment of deputy mayor) and correspondence discussing Hastings Arms, formerly Duke’s Head, county rate and overseers of the poor 1826-1858 (2 bundles), facsimiled 1963, with correspondence between Town Clerk of Hastings and Borough Librarian of Gillingham pertaining 1962-1963 (1 sheaf)

[For the list of these records as compiled for the National Register of Archives by the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, see the non-deposited records finding aid in public searchroom];

[See also DE513 and the records of North Aylesford Petty Sessions (PS/NA)]

[For previous deposits of records from the Gillingham Library archives room see DE4 (P185/12/2), DE5, DE12, DE15 (N/M5 and 46S), DE16 (32E), DE510, DE511, DE512, DE513, DE514, DE515, DE640, DE828, DE1033 and DE1035]

File updated by Borough Archivist 26 January 2006

Date: [1733] 1878-1998
Quantity: As above
Result number 7 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1068 on request slip.

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Title deeds, probate records and personal estate papers of Peat family of Kensington, London and Tovil, Maidstone and Forrester family of Malmesbury, Wiltshire, deeds pertaining to properties under jurisdiction of manors of Barking, Essex and Kennington, Surrey; also deeds pertaining to advowson of Thorley, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Slicketts Hill and Chalk Pit Lane, Chatham and Gillingham, parties and subjects Hooper, Earle, Dewe, Bryant, Budgen, Mannerings, Charlton, Rainger, Ward, Pillfold, Robinson, John Russell, Duke of Bedford, Townson and Storey.

Date: 1739-1913
Quantity: 1 bundle/41 items inc. wrappers
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Items of varying provenance transferred from the Local Studies Unit, Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, comprising:


Printed book entitled Random Recollections of Woodland, Fen and Hill by J.W. Tutt c.1895, inscribed A.C. Holliday, 1 Mitre Road, Rochester and Duffryn House, New Road, Nantyglo (Rantyglo), Monmouthshire, containing newscuttings about hopfields 1941, studio photograph of Tutt, letter from J. Herbert Tutt, Coopers Hill, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, author’s son 1944, returned letter from Holliday to Tutt junior 1951 and letters news articles by Holliday pertaining to Tutt senior including Rambles in Welsh Valleys 1941-1942

Formerly at Gillingham Public Library

1 volume with loose enclosures

c.1895; c.1941-c.1951


Letter from Lewis Levy, 16 Kingswood Villas, Gillingham, to [A.A.?] Arnold [Cobhambury, Cobham], thanking him for assistance and describing bad weather, 1 March 1925

1 p.


Printed flyer advertising Edwin Harris’ Olde Curiostie Shoppe, 89 (later 151) High Street, Rochester, in style parodying the Court of Pie Powder, Rochester


1 p.


Printed article or off-print entitled Surveys of the English Coast 1779-1793: from records of reports made by the Inspector of Royal Artillery on the Coast Defences of England, by Major A.E. Macrae, bound with newcuttings and typescript and MS notes by Thomas [?] Blomfield or P.F. Hogg on early guns and the Medway forts, together with forts at Tilbury, Essex and Brighthelmstone, Sussex (including newscutting entitled Old cannons in Rochester, Chatham and Brompton, Chatham Observer, by Edwin Harris, 1929)

Hogg Collection [see also DE263, DE292, DE303, DE346 and DE913]

Formerly at Chatham Library


1 booklet


File on Gillingham Town Centre Plan: objections and amendments, 1981

1 folder

Formerly at Gillingham Library


Printed pamphlet entitled Report on the Borough of Chatham with a description of the proposed boundary, Session 1831-1832, with map

1 folder

2 copies

Formerly at Rochester Library ref. VF CHA352.0072


Kent River Authority Fishery Byelaws 1970

1 folder

Formerly at Gillingham Library ref. K445KEM


MS monograph entitled A tale or legend of Rochester Castle in the olden time by an inhabitant of modern Rochester


Author Miss Anne Stone, daughter of Mr. H. Stone of Hall Place, Bexley, banker

Presented to Eastgate House Museum, Rochester by Miss Elizabeth Newnham, 4 Wayville Road, Dartford 1949

1 booklet


Stencil typescript transcript of: architectural survey by Robert Smirke of Stratford Place, London of Rochester Cathedral (1825); the opinion of James Savage of 34 Walbrook, London on the tower (1826); and personal journal of Robert Stevens DD, Dean of Rochester on the repair of Rochester Cathedral by Lewis Nockalls Cottingham (1825-1826)

1 booklet

Compiled 1972


Printed book entitled Fawkham: The Story of a Kentish Village by W. Frank Proudfoot 1951

Presented to Kent Archives Office by the author 1951

De-accessioned from the parish records by Kent County Council and transferred to Medway Archives.

Former reference P157/28/14 [part]

Previously in the Medway Archives office library, ref. OA/LIB/88

1 volume


Apprenticeship indenture of James Moore, son of John Moore of Strood, mariner, bound to Thomas Boucher of Rochester, fisherman and dredgerman and hoyman

Witnessed by Thomas Patten, attorney and notary, Rochester

Donated by Mr. A. Torry of Dartford to Dartford Library 1960

Transferred from Dartford Library 2008


1 membrane


Assignment of James Moore as apprentice from George Telfer of Strood Intra, fisherman and dredgerman (being about to leave the City) to Richard Wildish of Strood Intra, fisherman and dredgerman (reciting previous assignment of James Moore from Thomas Boucher of Rochester, fisherman and dredgerman and hoyman to Telfer in 1827)

Witnessed by Richard Prall and Richard Harper, clerks to Mr. Boys of Rochester, solicitor

Donated by Mr. A. Torry of Dartford to Dartford Library 1960

Transferred from Dartford Library 2008


1 item, paper


Oath of James Moore, fisherman and dredgerman on admission to the Freedom of the City of Rochester

Donated by Mr. A. Torry of Dartford to Dartford Library 1960

Transferred from Dartford Library 2008

1 membrane


Date: 1825-1972
Quantity: 5 volumes/booklets, 5 items/packets, 3 folders
Result number 9 - Please quote Reference: 06_DE_SERIES_0751_1000/DE0802 on request slip.

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Records of the trustees of Medway Heritage Centre, (formerly St. Mary's Church), Dock Road, Chatham, comprising:pamphlet entitled The mystery of the Greek stone at Chatham Church by Ron Foster 1996 [?] (1 item, paper);
architect’s pen and ink/inkwash basement, ground, first and second floor plans of L. and A. Barnard’s Music Hall [cf. New Palace of Varieties], 107-109 High Street, Chatham, after fire (18 May 1934), 29 May 1934 (2 sheets);
proposed porch, Medway Heritage Centre (formerly St. Mary’s Church), William L. Cook Associates, Faversham, architects 1984 (1 sheet);
affidavit of C.J.G. Elphick of 13New Road, Chatham, chartered surveyor and other papers associated with appeal to Privy Council against proposal to make St. Mary's Church redundant and in connection with pastoral measure 1968, with copy of Chatham Borough Council town centre proposals report and plans 1972-1974 (1 folder);
further affidavits, petition to Privy Council and reply of Church Commissioners in same case 1972 (1 bundle);
correspondence, reports and printed matter relative to the formation and activities of the Save St. Mary's Action Group in appealing against proposals for redundancy of the church and in connection with town centre redevelopment proposals, with site plans 1971-1974 (1 folder);
correspondence of C.J.G. Elphick of Sandling, chairman of management committee, pertaining to and list of loaned objects and diagrams of exhibition area 1982 (1 folder);
correspondence of C.J.G. Elphick of Sandling, chairman of management committee 1977-1979 (1 packet);
correspondence between Frederick A. Stigant, clerk of Chatham Local Board of Guardians, 22 High Street, Chatham and others concerning services of S. Reader, parish constable, 1927 (1 packet);
photographs of visiting ships, Dutch guests and events at Medway Dutch Week June 1967 with correspondence with the Dutch Government about presentation of painting of Dutch Raid (1667) 1981 (1 folder);
typescript notes on origins and aims of Medway Heritage Centre c.1980 (3pp.);
copy lease and site plan, redundant St. Mary’s Church for use as heritage centre, parties Rochester Diocesan Board of Finance and others 1979 (1 sheaf);
declaration of charitable trust and agreement with The Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men 1979-1981 (1 bundle);
correspondence about conversion of St. Mary’s Church into heritage centre 1975-1979 (1 folder);
copy legal opinions, minutes of meetings, declarations of trust and architect’s drawings 1977-1979 (1 folder);
correspondence about setting up exhibitions 1982-1983 (1 folder);
general correspondence 1980-1982, 1982-1986, 1987-1988, 1989, 1991 (7 folders);
correspondence with local authorities, architect and utility companies 1982-1986 (1 folder);
correspondence with Dutch ministry of defence about a painting of the Dutch fleet on the River Medway at Upnor Castle, 1667 (1981), with architects about repairs to and works on building, Lloyds of London boundary wall and local authority about visit of HRH the Duke of Gloucester (1988) 1980-1988 (1 folder);
correspondence with partner organisations 1981-1988 (1 folder);
inventory of contents and moveable assets, January 1985 (1 folder);
Medway Heritage Centre feasibility study, J.A. Warner and Partners, 12 High Street, Rochester 1977 (1 folder);
minutes and agenda papers 1977-1981 (1 folder);
minutes, agenda papers, chairman’s reports and financial statements with copy declarations of charitable trust (1979) and display philosophy 1977-1984 (1 folder);
agenda papers and financial statements 1985-1989 (1 folder);
trustee and sundry financial papers 1983-1987 (1 folder);
panel captions and correspondence about promotional literature 1980-1984 (1 folder);
photographs of nave area, diagrams of exhibits stands and display area, captions and correspondence about same 1978-1981 (1 folder);
information leaflets about the Medway area including HMS Bulwark, liberty ship SS Richard Montgomery, wrecks, forts, Upnor Castle, dockyard and bridges and report as to building defects and repairs with copy declaration of charitable trust (1979) c.1979-c.1985 (1 bundle);
Medway Heritage Centre standard leaflet c.1985 (1 item, paper);
Medway Heritage Centre prospectus c.1985 (1 item, paper);
correspondence between Elphick and William L. Cook Associates, Faversham, architects about repairs and boundary wall with Lloyds of London, Dock Road, Chatham 1980-1983, 1983-1988 (2 folders);
correspondence about obtaining financial aid 1979-1982 (1 folder);
correspondence about bell-ringing in the church tower 1980-1982 (1 folder);
correspondence with Carnegie United Kingdom Trust 1979-1986 (1 folder);
correspondence pertaining to aims of trust, examples of trusts elsewhere, display philosophy and involvement of Carnegie United Kingdom Trust 1981-1983 (1 folder);
balance sheets and correspondence about accounts 1981-1982 (1 folder);
annual accounts prepared by Judkins and Co., 16 Star Hill, Rochester 1981-1983 (1 folder);
directors’ reports prepared by Judkins and Co. with correspondence about activities of Medway Heritage Sales Ltd. 1980-1982 (1 folder);
correspondence about insurance 1980-1984 (1 folder);
insurance policy 1990 (1 sheaf);
correspondence about exhibits 1980-1982 (1 folder);
photocopies of service records and application papers of R.A. Ingle, caretaker, former shipwright in HM Dockyard, Chatham 1983 (1 bundle);
correspondence about committee membership 1981-1985 (1 folder);
historical notes on Sir Edward Gregory (1640-1713), Chatham bakers of 1831 (with list), Ralph Payne’s Charity, Elizabeth Petty’s Charity and other charities with some original documents, compiled by Ron Foster c.1975, [1831] 1861-c.1975 (1 bundle);
Medway Disaster: a report produced for Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) region no.1 by Dr. John Fisher, department of adult education, University of Surrey; photographs and design by Judy Harrison, November 1981 [pertaining to proposed closure of HM Dockyard, Chatham] (1 booklet);
brochure entitled William the Conqueror tours in east Sussex and Kent: Hastings, Battle, Lewes, Pevensey, Dover, Canterbury and Rochester c.1985 (1 booklet).[At the same time the Trust deposited this collection, they deposited collection DE801, additional records of the former St. Mary's Church, on behalf of Rochester Diocesan Society and Board of Finance, Diocesan Office, St. Nicholas' Church, Boley Hill, Rochester. The arrangements for the joint deposit of collections DE801 and DE802, their common place of storage or origin prior to deposit and a similarity between the activities of the Friends of St. Mary's (and a continuation of their activities beyond the closure of the church) and those of Mr. R. Foster, a local historian and member of the Trust, make it impossible to establish with certainty the provenance of all the items in this collection. Some items in this deposit may therefore belong to the additional records of St. Mary's Church and vice versa.]Call number: DE802.[For earlier records deposited by Medway Heritage Centre Trust please see DE348, title deeds to properties in Chatham.]File updated by Borough Archivist 18 March 2002.

Date: [1831] 1971-1996
Quantity: AS above
Result number 10 - Please quote Reference: 06_DE_SERIES_0751_1000/DE0838 on request slip.

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Additional records of Leonards (Rochester) Ltd., 108-122 High Street, Rochester, department store, drapery, outfitting, furnishings and household linens, ladies and children's fashion specialists, agents for Jaeger, comprising ration paper issued to John Leonard, Playden, New Road Avenue, Chatham, 28 January 1918 and vote of thanks from governing body of Warehousemen Clerks and Drapers’ Schools (Russell Hill, Purley, Surrey and Ballards, Addington, Surrey) to Edward P. Leonard for his workas steward in connection with 65th. anniversary appeal.

[For previous deposit see DE777]

Date: 1924
Quantity: 2 items
Result number 11 - Please quote Reference: 06_DE_SERIES_0751_1000/DE0852 on request slip.

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Records of Rogers, Stevens and Chance, (formerly C.E.T. Rogers, Son and Stevens), 10 New Road, Chatham, chartered surveyors, brewery agents and valuers of licensed property, comprising:correspondence with mortgage lenders and site plans pertaining to valuation of private houses in Medway Towns and surrounding area c.1965-c.1982 (2 boxes);statements of change of tenancy of public houses, off-licences and hotels mainly in the Medway Towns (Strood, Rochester, Chatham and Brompton/Gillingham) and Kent (including Maidstone, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Tenterden, Folkestone, Dover, Isle of Thanet, Sheerness and and Queenborough), but with many also covering the out-county area chiefly Sussex (including Northiam, Robertsbridge, Hastings, St. Leonards-on-Sea and Brighton) and Essex (including Bishops Stortford, Burnham-on-Crouch, Southend and Clacton-on-Sea), with a small coverage of Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire (Dorchester-on-Thames), Wiltshire (Marten), Surrey (including Godalming), Berkshire (Reading), Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Devon (Bear Inn, Colyton), London, Middlesex, Cambridgeshire (Cambridge), Norfolk (Spread Eagle, Barton Bendish) and Switzerland (San Domenico, Castagnola), parties (a) Rogers, Stevens and Chance acting as agents of brewers and (b) tenants, many containing valuation inventories of stock in hand and fixtures and fittings room by room, war damage correspondence and papers, dilapidations surveys, property inspection reports, monopopy valuations (stating social class of clientele), photographs and biographies of tenants, facsimile architects' drawings and site plans and correspondence with brewers, insurers and tenants, c.1871 *-c.1970. Some files contain only the firm's management correspondence on matters including petrol rationing early 1950s and use of motor vehicles c.1940 (164 boxes);finding aids to statements of change as above and correspondence files (2 1/2 boxes);brewery rating files pertaining to breweries in Kent and Norfolk, breweries comprising:
Mackeson’s Brewery, High Street, Hythe 1933-1972 (1 file);
Courage (Eastern) Building Department garages, stores and premises at 1 Buckland Road, Maidstone 1964-1967;
Fremlins Pale Ale Brewery, Stores and Offices, Earl Street, Maidstone 1950-1972;
Truman Hanbury Buxton and Co. Ltd., Bottling Stores, Surrey Street, Norwich, Norfolk 1950-1968;
Phoenix Brewery, Bow Road, Wateringbury 1923-1974 (1 file);
Cooperage and Sawmills, garages and premises, Buckland Road, Maidstone (Courage Eastern Ltd.) 1949-1974 (1 file);
Whitbread Fremlins, 43-47 Earl Street, Maidstone 1980-1983 (1 file);
Truman Ltd. Bottling Stores, 139-141 King Street, Norwich, Norfolk 1974 (1 file);
Medway Brewery, St. Peter’s Street, Maidstone, Courage (Eastern) Ltd. 1923-1977 (1 file);
The Brewery, Court Street, Faversham, Shepherd Neame Ltd. 1965-1978 (1 file);
Malt House, Nettlestead, Whitbread Fremlins Ltd. 1928-1980 (1 file);
Smaller Malt House, Nettlestead, Frederick Leney and Sons Ltd. 1928-1957 (1 file);
Off Licence 31-33 Pudding Lane, Maidstone; offices, garage, stores, workshops and premises, Pudding Lane, Maidstone, Whitbread Fremlins Ltd. 1931-1984 (1 file);
Wine and Spirit Stores, Court Street, Faversham, Whitbread Fremlins Ltd. 1963-1984 (1 file);
Brewery, Court Street, Faversham, Whitbread Fremlins Ltd. 1957-1983 (1 file);
(2 boxes);public house inventory books c.1915-c.1933, labelled George Taylor FAI, 13 and 19 Watts Place, Chatham, auctioneer and valuer, (7 1/2 boxes);letter books 1910-1932 (20 boxes);rating assessment books 1973-1974 (3 volumes);address book c.1970 (1 volume);valuation books 1967-1982 (4 binders);account books 1973-1980 (2 volumes) [* Most statements of change files post-date 1940. The only file prior to 1940 is an inventory for The Chequers public house, Higham, 1871. The surviving sequence begins at number 4591 before which the finding aid references are redundant. NB the statements of change have been weeded. 98% of files pertaining to the Medway Towns have been retained. About 40% of out area files have been destroyed as not containing inventories or other documents of social, architectural or economic value.]File updated by Borough Archivist 10 January 2004.

Not  accessible without minimum 10 working days notice: UNCATALOGUED

Date: c.1871-1984
Quantity: Pending
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Records donated by The Punch Group, Jubilee House, Second Avenue, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire (successors to Vanguard Estate of Allied Domecq PLC, formerly Allied Breweries Ltd. also of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire) via Dr. R.G. Anderson, President of the Brewery History Society, per Kent County Council, Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Sessions House, Maidstone, comprising:Records of Budden and Biggs’ Brewery Ltd., 116-118 High Street, Strood, brewers and wine and spirit merchants, comprising memorandum and articles of association 1897, general meeting minute book 1897-1931, board minute books 1901-1931, debenture stockbrokers’ minute book 1897-1923, board correspondence 1930-1938, trust deeds and associated documents 1897-1913, bound and loose accounts 1906-1931, loans and investments register 1921-1928, schedule of company documents 1906, title deeds to brewery in Strood and public houses and other properties in Sheerness (Man of Kent, Horse and Groom, Crown and Anchor, The Victory and The Mechanics Arms), Strood (The Golden Ball), Chatham (The Royal George and Mitre Hotel), High Street, Rochester (including The Crown), Halling (The Rose and Crown), Hoo St. Werburgh (The Windmill), Dover (Clarendon Hotel), Milton Regis [cf. Milton next Sittingbourne] (Watermans Arms and Jolly Sailor), Bromley (Railway Hotel) and South Norwood, Surrey. [For plans of Budden and Biggs' Strood Brewery please see DE779 series B/69 (key plan of Strood Brewery and adjoining properties belonging to Messrs. Budden and Biggs Brewery Ltd., High Street/North Street, Strood 1919. 1 sheet: block plan with legends to rights of way, occupation, ownership and room names;) for other relavant plans please also see Series DE779/A/24 (proposed rebuilding of the Star Inn public house, Star Corner, Star Hill, Rochester for Budden and Biggs Brewery, 1926. One sheet, elevation, section and plans;) and DE779 series B/78 (proposed rebuilding of Star Inn, Star Corner, Star Hill, Rochester for Messrs. Budden & Biggs Brewery Ltd., 1926. 1 sheet: elevation, plans and section.)]File updated by Borough Archivist.

Access: 10 working days notice required

Date: 1897-1938
Quantity: 5 boxes
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Facsimile drawings of proposed new studio or cinema for TVS, Duncan Road, Gillingham, Masini/Franklin Partnership, 18 Barclay Road, Croydon, Surrey, chartered architects

Date: 1981
Quantity: 1 bundle/2 sheets
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Medway Council, transfer of records: records of Gillingham Borough Council.

Various printed items plus:Japanese* promotional material connected with twinning with Ito and Yokosuka comprising album of colour photographic prints of Yokosuka Arts Theatre c.1990;
Guide to the City of Ito, after 1982;
spiral-bound portfolio entitled: Medway Unitary Authority...1998: investigation into a council suite provision..., by The Peter Beake Partnership (Architects) August 1997;
spiral-bound portfolio entitled: North Gillingham Environmental Improvements c.1990;
aerial photographic print of St, Mary's Island looking south south east over the Medway Towns, by Handford Photography, South park Hill Road, Croydon, Surrey, c.1985;
colour aerial photographic print mounted on self-adhesive polyboard covering area of Gillingham from the Railway Station in the east to the bottom of Marlborough Road in the west, and from the railway line in the south to the war memorial in the north, c.1985;
Call no.: GBC (uncatalogued)

[* cf. Japan]

Date: 1903-1998
Quantity: 1 box
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DE18 Transferred from the Guildhall Museum, Rochester on permanent loan from Deputy Governor of Hawkins' Hospital, 2 April 1990

DE322 Transferred from the Guildhall Museum, Rochester on permanent loan as above 21 December 1993 (originally deposited with Eastgate House Museum, Rochester, 1914 [now Guildhall Museum, Rochester])

DE461 Deposited on permanent loan to Rochester Upon Medway City Council at Rochester upon Medway Studies Centre by the Deputy Governor of Hawkins' Hospital, 23 August 1995

NB: works cited in the introduction are listed in full in the bibliography enclosed.

NB1: the introduction to this list is not intended as an exhaustive or definitive monograph in any respect and serves only as an explanatory guide and background to the collection.


Hawkins was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1532, the younger son of William Hawkins, an experienced navigator and merchant known to Richard Hakluyt.

William Hawkins was also a prominent citizen of Plymouth where he served as Mayor 1532-1533 and 1538-1539 and which he represented in Parliament in 1539. John Hawkins' elder brother William was also Mayor of Plymouth, Devon 1578-1579 .

John Hawkins was therefore brought up in an established seafaring and mercantile family and may also have gained military skills with his father privateering in the English Channel. After his own voyages to the Canaries, Teneriffe, Guinea in West Africa and Portugal, Hawkins looked more ambitiously towards the West Indies. Thereafter, Hawkins alternately clashed or traded with the Spanish* Empire .

[* cf. Spain]

Hawkins' civil career took after his family's example. In 1556 Hawkins was admitted Freeman of Plymouth and served as Mayor in 1572.

The Hawkins family coat of arms, augmented by Sir John in 1564, is depicted on an estate plan in the collection (CH108/276A). Interpretation of the inspiration for the crest on the coat of arms varies, although it certainly stems from Hawkins' own voyages.

Arnold describes the crest as comprising a demi-moor proper, bound captive, with annulets on his arms and in his ears, attributing this to Hawkins commemorating a victory over the Moors achieved on one of his voyages (p.19). Arnold, a Solicitor and responsible figure in the Medway Towns, was clerk to numerous organisations and Deputy Governor of Hawkins' Hospital.

Writing earlier than Arnold and for a more popular readership, Harris describes the crest as a demi-moor in his proper colour bound with cord and attributes this to Hawkins' infamous traffic in slaves, which at that period does not seem to have militated against the feelings of the most enlightened and humane of our countrymen (p.7).

It is conceivable that at this time physical conditions for enslaved negroes had not yet degenerated to those of the Eighteenth Century. On Hawkins' second slaving voyage, planned in 1564, 120 quarters of beans and peas with shirts and shoes were loaded for the anticipated 500 captives (Williamson 1927/p.95).

Through Hawkins' contact with Benjamin Gonson, Treasurer of the Navy (and a financial backer of his second slaving voyage), he was introduced to Gonson's daughter Katherine whom he married in about 1559. This relationship with Gonson also resulted in Hawkins inheriting on 1st January 1578 the office of Treasurer of the Navy, following this with the Comptrollership of the Navy in 1588, the Armada year. (A B. Gonson is mentioned in CH108/349).

It was during Hawkins' period in office as Treasurer that he established the link with Chatham which was to result in the foundation of the Chatham Chest and Hawkins' Hospital, both of which followed in the aftermath of the Spanish Armada.

In the period 1578-1588 Hawkins' time as Treasurer saw new influences in the design of warships and in the administration of the navy, with both of which Hawkins has been associated. As Rear Admiral serving in the English Channel against the Spanish Armada, Hawkins distinguished himself in an engagement off the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, following which Hawkins was knighted by Lord Howard of Effingham on board the Arc on 25 July 1588 and was promoted Vice Admiral the following day.

After a period ashore during which Hawkins was closely involved in the founding of the Chatham Chest (1588-1590) and his Hospital (1592-1594), he again took to sea, in an expedition to the West Indies led by Sir Francis Drake. Falling ill and dying off Porto Rico, West Indies, on 12 November 1595, his body was buried at sea. Originally, memorial tablets were erected to his memory at St Dunstan's in the East Church, London.

Hawkins' only lasting and permanent memorial has proved to be his Hospital in Chatham. The Chest, a joint foundation and semi-official, lapsed effectively in 1803. However, except for what can be inferred from the title deeds to his estates, there is little of biographical value in this collection, although item CH108/334 does contain some manuscript biographical information.


Little more than villages in the sixteenth century, Chatham and Gillingham benefited from a tidal range and wide expanses of mudflats on the River Medway but had indifferent winds.

The potential for ship repairing and provisioning and geographical closeness to London, one day's ride from Chatham, led to the Medway developing as an anchorage and victualling base for the navy in the period immediately prior to 1550.

Strategically, Chatham was close to the Thames Estuary and the dockyards at Deptford and Woolwich. Defensively, Chatham was progressively secured by a bulwark at Sheerness in Edward IV's reign, Upnor Castle at Frindsbury built on Elizabeth I's orders by Richard Watts 1560-1564 and the blocking up with piles of St Mary's Creek at Gillingham in 1574. In 1585 a giant chain mechanism was first extended across the Medway, designed to obstruct a Spanish naval incursion.

Little naval shipbuilding was undertaken at Chatham until the Seventeenth Century although the Sunne was launched there in 1586 (Cull).

By the time Hawkins had founded his Hospital in 1592, and partly through his own presence there as Treasurer of the Navy, Chatham had seen significant building projects ashore in connection with the Spanish Armada, further establishing its importance as an anchorage and victualling base.

Hawkins' biographer describes Gillingham or Chatham as the principal dockyard of the Navy (1949 p.263) and the principal centre for the laying-up and repair of ships (1927 p.323).

By Hawkins' time the Medway area had also acquired certain associations with important personalities in seafaring by birth or upbringing. Sir Francis Drake, Hawkins' commander on several occasions and also Devonian* by birth had spent his boyhood years at Upchurch where his father was minister. Drake's seamanship and navigational skills would have been gained on the Medway.

[*cf. Devon]

Also of local origin was William Adams, born in Gillingham (see the Gillingham parish registers held at this centre P153/1/1 and bibliography). Adams was engaged in far eastern ventures and gained lasting fame as the first Englishman to visit Japan but was also known in England as an experienced seaman and navigator before Hawkins' death. For an image of Adams' baptism record, please click here; for a transcription and explanation of this image, please click here.

The National Historical Context of Hawkins' Hospital

Now the oldest surviving Naval Charity, the circumstances of how Hawkins came to found a Charity and Almshouse for decayed Mariners and Shipwrights in Chatham are briefly as follows:-

In the centuries prior to Hawkins' Hospital, sick or wounded English Royal Mariners enjoyed some medical attention when disembarked, under Article 7 of the Laws of Oleron introduced in about 1200 and subsequently recorded in the Black Book of the Admiralty. The Laws of Oleron themselves had originated in the ancient Lex Rhodia of the Mediterranean world.

The acknowledged disadvantages of the Laws of Oleron were that while some financial support for those injured was available in the first instance, there was no guaranteed accommodation or long-term care on dry land. For centuries in the middle ages mariners therefore relied like landsmen on parochial or private charity.

The foundation of Hawkins' Hospital aimed to redress precisely that failing, but occurred at a watershed period in history, between what Keevil calls the end of pity and the rise of welfare .

Perhaps unkindly and misleadingly, Keevil describes Hawkins' action in founding his Hospital as the dying echo of the age of pity (volume 1 p.52).

In terms of civil legislation, Queen Elizabeth did enable the enacting of laws to relieve suffering among Mariners in the period from 1593 but apparently with little effect (Black pp. 264-265). Ultimately better universal poor relief was enabled by the great Elizabethan Poor Laws of 1598 and 1601 although even these worked imperfectly due to inequality in Parish finances from place to place.

The momentous national event which inspired Hawkins' Hospital was the Spanish Armada of 1588. For the first time in English history probably, large numbers of seamen were paid-off, many maimed, ill and destitute. When it became apparent that the Spanish Armada had sailed into the North Sea, the English Fleet had anchored off Margate. Here nearly all crews were disembarked, leaving only skeleton crews to sail the Fleet into Chatham.

The Kent seaside towns were affected by a sudden influx of these seamen. Lord Howard of Effingham, the Fleet's Commander, grieved to see them that have served so valiantly die so miserably . Holden asserts in fact that Effingham was the prime mover behind the Chatham Chest. If this was so, Hawkins may have wanted to make his own contribution to Naval charity.

The Local Historical Context

For several centuries Rochester and Chatham had benefited from St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester/Chatham, founded as a Leper Hospital in the late eleventh century and reputedly the country's oldest Hospital (see collection CH2 at this Centre). The restored Norman chapel of St. Bartholomew's Hospital stands opposite Hawkins' Hospital.

Immediately prior to Hawkins' foundation of his Hospital, Richard Watts, the builder of Upnor Castle founded his Charity and Almshouse in Rochester, in 1579 (see collection CH46 also at this Centre). This being the case, the echo referred to by Keevil was certainly louder and more persistent in the Medway Towns.

Reinforcing these developments, William Brook, 10th Lord Cobham in 1598 adapted an existing chantry house at Cobham to serve as an Almshouse known as Cobham College. (The records of Cobham College are held by the Rochester Bridge Wardens at Bridge Chamber, Esplanade, Rochester. The Cobham Parish and Darnley of Cobham Hall family and estate records are held at this Centre, collections P96 and U565 respectively).

In fact, probably contrary to Keevil's argument, Hawkins' Hospital was very significant as a sixteenth century charity. In the long term, Hawkins had been encouraged by a period of growth in secular charitable foundations originally caused by the collapse of monastic almsgiving following the Protestant Reformation in religion in Henry VIII's reign.* The secular response to this in the second and third quarters of the sixteenth century coincided with a revival of religious and economic confidence, exemplified by Watts and Lord Cobham locally, besides Hawkins, himself a merchant. As an almshouse historian puts it, the reign of Elizabeth had run half its course before major private benefactions began to appear again as a result of more settled times and policies (Bailey p.90).

Finally, it may be significant that John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury was one of the first Governors of Hawkins' Hospital. Regarding Whitgift, Bailey states the first ecclesiastical foundation of real importance after the Reformation was John Whitgift's Hospital at Croydon [Surrey] in 1598 (p.95). Hawkins' Hospital therefore had as its most eminent early Governor, an ecclesiastical statesman who was at the forefront of charity in his age.

The Foundation of the Hospital

Given the national and local circumstances which enabled Hawkins to act as he did, it only remained to choose the present location of his Hospital in England's up and coming naval port.

When Hawkins took over as Treasurer of the Navy in 1578, nearly all the Navy was kept at Chatham (Williamson 1949/p.255). Hawkins found it necessary to be located at Chatham much of the time, assisted by two Master Shipwrights, Peter Pett and Matthew Baker (see CH108/291) , supervising a workforce of 200-300 men. Williamson states he probably had quarters at the Dockyard, but lived chiefly in the City (ibid).

Reputedly, Chatham Dockyard originated at a bend in the River Medway near the present Gun Wharf. This being the case, the quarters Williamson speculates on were probably located within view of the Dockyard and in all likelihood comprised the freehold and leasehold estates upon which the Hospital was to be built, acquired from William Barnes, a Master of the Navy, in 1582 ( CH108/291-293) and St. Bartholomew's Hospital,Rochester, if we are to believe Arnold (p.5), who as Deputy Governor had sight of a deed (now missing) also in about 1582, respectively.

Hawkins' Hospital is therefore a very good memorial to Hawkins' presence in Chatham Dockyard as it almost certainly stands on the site of his own home. Specifically, Hawkins' house was probably that which subsequently became the Deputy governor's mansion on the corner of Rochester High Street (No. 377) and Boundary Lane. This property was leasehold and the Hospital's tenancy lapsed in 1790, the premises latterly being used by Featherstone's as a Department Store. [The Guildhall Museum, Rochester holds a lantern slide of Featherstone’s building and Hawkins’ Hospital as they stood c1900-c1914.] Alongside the loss of these premises, whose earliest plan is contained in item CH108/276A, the Hospital suffered progressively worse problems with its estates in Essex and at East Wickham until these too were divested early in the twentieth century.

The present Hospital site therefore represents a much reduced portion of its original endowment, but has survived centuries of financial and legal difficulties still to serve the founder's original purpose.

The Chatham Chest

The foundation by Hawkins of his Hospital in 1592 was preceded immediately by the foundation of the Chatham Chest in the period 1588-1590. This was a completely separate fund, to which originally Royal sailors could make a voluntary contribution for the support of injured and disabled seamen. Later, contributions became mandatory.

In an inquiry into the Chatham Chest, whose foundation documents were lost early on, held at Rochester Castle in 1616, the Chest's beneficiaries were to be those who by reason of hurts and maims received in the service are driven into great poverty, extremity, and want to their great discouragement (the Commissioners quoted by Holden).

The joint founders of this benevolent fund are usually taken to have been Sir Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins, who as senior commanders in the English fleet against the Spanish Armada were well acquainted with the fate of their sick and wounded seamen. However, Holden attributes the Chatham Chest mainly to Lord Howard of Effingham. Whichever is the case, Chatham ended up with two leading naval charities, both founded as a result of the Armada, both located in the main naval port and both involving Hawkins. Both also benefited equally from proximity to London and both had estates in the area (for the Chest's estates see MacDougall).

Both Chest and Hospital had similar constitutions although the precise administration and integrity of the Chest was very often in doubt, the Chest ultimately being transferred to Greenwich in 1803 when in theory it became the Chest at Greenwich but in reality ceased to exist as an independent fund altogether.

The similarities and differences between the Chest and Hospital are as follows. Hawkins' Hospital was entirely a private charity although mainly governed by leading naval and dockyard men who exercised discretion as to who was admitted as an almsman pre-1860 and in-pensioner or out-pensioner after 1860. The beneficiaries of the Chest ultimately had an automatic right to relief from that fund but both Chest and Hospital required personal visits to Chatham to make application. Until 1860 Hawkins' Hospital was residential only; the Chest was non-residential and always a branch of the navy.

The eligibility of candidates for relief by the Chest and Hospital varied from time to time but broadly speaking eligibility applied equally to both. Possibly some successful Hawkins candidates tended to be Chest rejects or more likely vice-versa.

Initially Hawkins' Hospital was open to seamen and shipwrights, the latter a higher level of dockyard worker. Perhaps the inclusion of shipwrights was partly due to Hawkins' close association with the Chatham yard, with Pett and Baker in particular and to Hawkins' memory of his own multiple injuries sustained at the launch of Swiftsure at Deptford in 1592, when we were forced to use great violence upon the tackles, whereof one gave way and brake, so as one end of a cable ran by my leg and hurt me in vi places (Williamson 1949/pp324-325).

Shipwrights also benefited from the Chatham Chest and in 1704 Marines became eligible. More recently, Hawkins' Hospital has also admitted other dockyard workers besides shipwrights. Most of Hawkins' Hospital's shipwrights had worked at the Chatham or Sheerness yards, as the application records show (CH108/72-109). Hawkins' Hospital admitted wives of candidates and maintained them as widows, but ejected them upon their remarrying. Under a Charity Commission Scheme sealed on 4 December 1996, provision was made for the admission of needy or disabled persons who had formerly served in the Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Fleet Auxiliary or British Merchant Navy, subject to priority being given to persons qualified for admission under previous Schemes. This to say that under the new Scheme, Hawkins' Hospital remains primarily a naval charity and accommodation may be made available to applicants from the other services or Merchant Navy only where it cannot be provided in favour of naval personnel, Royal Marines or Dockyard workers. (Accession DE565).

The administration of the Chest Fund was located at Chatham until 1803 when it was transferred to Greenwich Hospital, the actual chest, which had long been kept in the south porch of Chatham Church (St. Mary's) following it to Greenwich in 1893 where it remains to this day (National Maritime Museum). The demise of the Chest had been brought about by a surge in claims following the Peace of Amiens in 1802 during the French Revolutionary Wars.

There are few records or references to the Chest in this collection as the two organisations were separate, but there is a printed register of leases granted by the Chest c.1794-1803 (CH108/63) and an incomplete lease of Chest land of 1799 (CH108/64), the provenance of which is uncertain but is probably associated with the activities of leading naval officers involved with the Hospital. However the Dr. Plume legacy records in the collection impinge on the Chest 1707-1708 (CH108/190-195) and a separate collection held at this Centre comprises two so-called smart tickets or certificates for relief to the Chest for the relief of two seamen 1802-1806 (DE.192).

The records of the Chest are kept at the Public Record Office in London (see below).

A photograph of the Chatham Chest is illustrated in Defensive Moat: A History of the Waters of the Nore Command 55BC to 1961 by D.P. Capper 1963 opposite p.53 (ref. at this Centre: Naval Collection code "red disk").

The Hospital Buildings

The original and successive buildings, structures, other premises, gardens and many details of fabric and fixtures and fittings are recorded to varying degrees throughout the collection.

The main sources textually are the Governors' Minutes 1617 to date, loose accounts including annual balance sheets noting extraordinary expenditure on repairs, maintenance and building work 1594-1987 (CH108/113-189), the various series of title deeds and for visual material, the numerous plans and architectural drawings (CH108/268, 272, 298, 276A, 308, 329, 344-346, 348, 540, 544 and 545).

Besides the plans mentioned above, further architectural drawings are contained in the Rochester-upon-Medway City Council Archives as noted below in the Section "further archival sources at this Centre". The authors Arnold and Lear as noted in the bibliography also below, give some information on the development of the Hospital buildings.

The Hospital estates at East Wickham and Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, feature with similar textual and visual records of the buildings at those places, especially the Church and Smith's Forge at East Wickham and Old Garland's Farm, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, for which see their respective sections in the property and estate management section of the list below (and see Contents Section following).

Finally it is possible the Wills and Probate Inventories of successive Deputy Governors or testate almsmen will contain information descriptive of the Hospital buildings and contents and these should be examined at the Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone or the Public Record Office, London, via the names given in the Minutes or admission records in this collection.

The Governors and Deputy Governors

The Governors and Deputy Governors of Hawkins' Hospital are mentioned frequently throughout the collection, principally in the Minutes and as witnesses to the annual balance sheets (see Contents Section below). These men were high ranking figures at Chatham Dockyard or in the Royal Navy mainly but also included ex-officio the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Rochester (who was also Patron of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester) besides local Kent aristocrats, whose signatures, movements and opinions are frequently given in the records. In particular, the Governors took an interest in their Essex estates which at least once occasioned a group visit (see Property and Estate Management Section).

In conclusion, Chatham was an obvious choice for a naval charity and almshouse as it was rivalling Deptford and Woolwich dockyards while Plymouth, Devon, was declining and Portsmouth, Hampshire by 1550 had begun what turned out to be a gradual loss of its comparative pre-eminence (Oppenheim p.102) with the removal of the fleet from there to Gillingham probably to be nearer the centre of government and London merchants.

Hawkins could only anticipate Chatham's continued development to which he had been directly committed as Treasurer of the Navy in residence.

The Chatham Chest confirmed Chatham as the port of importance and Hawkins could endow his Hospital with his own personal estate there, conveniently located adjacent to the yard. The East Wickham estate was less than a day's ride towards London and close to Deptford and Woolwich while the Essex estates, near Tilbury, besides having a certain symbolism were also reachable across or around the Hoo Peninsula and River Thames.

These geographical advantages seemed to assure direct political access and convenient management of tenants for future income. Finally Hawkins' Hospital would be guaranteed a supply of beneficiaries as clearly state charity was not adequate and the Biblical exhortation to care for the poor, recorded in tablets on the Hospital buildings over the centuries, was as valid as ever.

The Collection

The list and collection have been archivally arranged according to the original administrative purpose of the records, in practice influenced by generations of deputy governors whose records they really were. In particular the hand of A.A. Arnold is clearly discernible in the arrangement of the collection and in his annotations and labels, while in the course of time certain court cases, disputes or Charity Commission business have dictated the collating of documents from different series within the collection. Where either Arnold's bundles or litigation bundles have been restored to series, notes of items so treated are included in the list, usually with Arnold's labelled notes following at the end of the relevant series. Not all notes are by Arnold and some are inaccurate, e.g. CH108/474.

The main level headings are Constitution and Pensioners, Finance, and Property and Estate Management. The contents section following gives a more detailed breakdown of levels and sections to which reference should be made before consulting the descriptive list proper.

Minutes do not seem to have survived earlier than 1616 and it is known that the first governors had to put statutes or ordinances into effect after Hawkins died. Precise details of the government of the Hospital, which varied from time to time, can be found in the royal charter of foundation or copy (CH108/1-2), the minutes (CH108/21-25) and Charity Commission schemes (CH108/8-10, 13-15) and associated documents early in the list, besides printed works mentioned in the bibliography to this list.

Arnold considered it probable that the Hospital's statutes were drawn up by one of the first governors, William Lambarde, who also had a hand in drafting the statutes of Cobham College mentioned above and of which he was president. Twenty-six governors were allowed for originally with certain qualifications as to residence applying to enable a quorum to be achieved.

Originally twelve almsmen were catered for and although this figure did vary, twelve was the usual number over the centuries, but from 1860 twelve out-pensioners were added. In-pensioners received their pension weekly (two weekly from 1920) besides faggots for their fires, beds, bedding, furniture, medical expenses and funeral fees, all of which are recorded in the Hospital's accounts or pension books. Out-pensioners received a pension only. Compare the application lists to names contained in the minute book indexes.

The collection has much family history potential to be found in the various series of deeds to properties many of which descended through the same family, the application records which contain basic information such as age, and the accounts or minutes which indicate dates of admission, death or funeral. It is quite possible to ascertain the nature of pensioners' lives through the above records, while the petitions received explain just how independent minded several were (CH108/34-35). Pensioners were governed by strict rules concerning religion and behaviour. Included among the various injunctions was the requirement for the almsmen to appear at the Hospital gate in the event of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop of Rochester, Lord Admiral or Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports passing by and to give them prayers. For copies of the rules, see CH108/4.

Naval history is also traceable through the collection, mainly through the application records which give service details including how injuries were sustained but also in the deeds to which many prominent naval men and officials were party over the years. Of particular importance is the correspondence relating to the sale of the so-called Chatham Portrait of Hawkins to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich in 1944-1945 (CH108/62). One can also speculate that the earliest almsmen were some of England's earliest naval veterans and naval shipwrights, some of whom may have been Armada veterans, although service records survive only for later applicants.

The social and economic history of Chatham can be studied through the Hospital accounts (especially through accounts CH108/127-189) as these contain many mentions of local tradesmen, clergy who officiated at the Hospital, and the Manor and civil parish of Chatham. The surviving poor rate books for Chatham make particularly useful comparison with the hospital's records (see collections P85 and CBA).

The title deeds in the collection are worthy of note for various reasons. Firstly there are several which are medieval in formula and which pre-date the Statute of Uses of 1535 while other later items often have archaic initial phrases. The oldest item in the collection is actually a deed to the Chatham estate of 1500 and is therefore fifteenth century (CH108/280). Fuller details are contained in the description. Included among the deeds is a late deed of gift of 1577 (CH108/288), examples of multiple cognate chirographs rarely found in the same collection of 1529 (CH108/283-284) and also less usually for the landlord, a series of counterpart leases 1798-1935 (CH108/297-308 passim). The sub-letting of property is also exemplified by the series of assignments of leases 1608-1790 (CH108/524-543).

The collection contains detailed information pertaining to Stanford-le-Hope in Essex and East Wickham including East Wickham Church, now in Metropolitan Kent. This is a common characteristic of an estate-owning organisation and means that genealogical, social and architectural records are held for areas further afield.

Also further afield but nearer to the Medway area, Sheerness Dockyard's history is partly illuminated by records relating to out-pensioners living in Sheerness and by correspondence with naval and Dockyard officials at Sheerness in connection with proxy payments to almsmen.

Christian names are spelt in the list according to the Oxford Dictionary of Christian Names , 3rd edition, E.G. Withycombe, 1982 (Rochester upon Medway City Archives Library, ref. 929.4) but surnames are spelt in the list as they occur in the records which will account for any apparent inconsistency in their spelling throughout the list.

All dates occurring in the period 1st January-24th March inclusive prior to 1752 have been modernised to conform with the Gregorian Calendar or so-called New Style as described in Handbook of Dates for Students of English History ed. C.R. Cheney 1978, pp.9-10.

Certain item descriptions throughout the list are headed by an underlined sentence or two. Here the underlining is used to indicate a title supplied by the archivist. Elsewhere in this list underlining indicates use of foreign words, ship or public house names or level and section headings.

It should be noted that historical, archival or bibliographical information supplementary to this introduction, is also dispersed throughout the collection at appropriate points, at level or section headings or occasionally with item descriptions.

In conclusion the records of Hawkins' Hospital probably constitute one of the most important collections of its kind in the country and certainly in Kent. The collection should bear very careful study in comparison with other records of charity or Britain's naval history, is valuable for genealogical research and is equally useful for local history. In the last regard, as noted throughout this introduction and list following, the Hospital records can be used in conjunction with many other collections held at this Centre for many aspects of local historical research, including architectural, social, economic and political.

Similar Charitable Organisations

Hawkins' Hospital was by no means unique as a charity for seamen or shipwrights and beside the Chatham Chest there existed the undermentioned. The following list is not exhaustive:-

1. Royal Greenwich Hospital
This organisation was founded in 1694 as a home for infirm seamen and marines taking such as in-pensioners until 1869. The hospital also supported out-pensioners (Bevan/Duncan).

2. The Charity for the Relief of Officers' Widows
This organisation was active for at least the period 1734-1929 (Bevan/Duncan).

3. The Compassionate Fund
This was voted by Parliament from 1809 and was available to orphans and dependents of Officers killed in action and not otherwise eligible for assistance. The records date down to at least 1921 (Bevan/Duncan).

4. Admiralty: Official pensions to the widows and orphans of commissioned officers, masters and warrant officers, records of which commence in 1673 (Bevan/Duncan).

5. Royal Bounty
This fund made payments to the widows, dependent children or indigent mothers aged over 50, of officers and ratings killed in action, whose records run from 1672-1822.

6. The Trinity House of Deptford
Although navigational skills became the main concern of this foundation dating from 1514, its charter nevertheless mentions an almshouse. Trinity House Deptford, if taken in conjunction with Hawkins' Hospital and the Chatham Chest, completes a total of three charities founded along the same lines and all located in Kent (Black).

7. Lord Kitchener Memorial Homes, Chatham
Founded in 1917 by Chatham Borough Council, this home is open to ex-servicemen. It is still active and is now administered by Medway Council.

8. Royal Naval Benevolent Trust
This national charity administers Pembroke House, Oxford Road, Gillingham.

9. Ann Phillips' Charity, Chatham 1799-1992
This charity has been incorporated into Hawkins' Hospital by the Charity Commissioners. It relieved widows and orphan children of deceased shipwrights, divided two thirds to those of Shipwrights dying in Chatham and one third to those dying in Gillingham.

10. Royal Sailors' Rests, Plymouth Devonport, Devon and Portsmouth, Hampshire (Current); a Rest at Chatham has closed (See Navy News p.37, January 1997)

11. Trafalgar Institute, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Mid-late 19th Century

12. King George's Fund for Sailors, 8 Hatterley Street, London.

13. Nore Children's Trust, renamed RN and RM Children's Trust, located at Pembroke House, Gillingham 1912-1984 when it was transferred to Plymouth, Devon. (Deposit of records pending as at July 1995) [See also collection DE547 (part) at this Centre].

14. Medway Mission to Seamen, (Rochester Diocesan Naval Church Institute), Navy House, Clover Street, Chatham (run by the Dean and Chapter of Rochester), now closed.
The records of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, also held at this centre, including their minutes, DRC/AC may mention this facility (Kelly's Directory 1936).

15. Chatham Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers' Club, 103 High Street, Chatham, (Kelly's Directory 1936).

16. The Soldiers' and Seamen's Home and Institute, Military Road, Chatham, founded 1878 (Kelly's Directory 1897-1898 p.78).

17. A report was produced by the Commissioners for the Sick and Hurt Board in 1653, recommending the building of a naval hospital (Clark p.73) see following.

18. Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society (mainly Merchant Navy, but RN now included), "Weston Acres", Woodmansterne Lane, Banstead, Surrey, also Eastbourne, Sussex (incorporated 1977) (see CE/AD/KH/13Ad.) .

For a list of naval charities promoted by the Royal Navy website, please click hereOther organisations or hospitals include:-

Royal Naval Hospitals at Haslar [Hasler], Gosport, Hampshire (re-named Royal Hospital, Haslar) **
Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon (closed 1995) and Chatham (closed 1961).

Almshouses possibly serving roughly similar purposes to Hawkins' Hospital include London Trinity Almshouses, Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, London; Trinity Hospital, London administered by the Mercers' Company; and the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital at the Old Infirmary, Greenwich.

Oppenheim (p.323) also makes mention of an Ely Place as caring for the sick and maimed at the time of the Commonwealth; the Savoy Hospital a short lived institution in the Strand, London served as the first English naval and military hospital 1517-1553 according to Keevil (pp.45-50).

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Amended by Borough Archivist, Medway Council 4 December 1998, introductory section only. Amended 2 August 1999 (CH108/281-284); amended 28 April 2000 (CH108/77); last amended 1 June 2000 (Introduction). File updated 1 August 2007 

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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Letter from James Thompson [?] of St. Saviour's Churchyard, Southwark, London, Surrey, to Thomas Tomlyne of Chatham, attorney at law, asking latter to arrange for collection of rent.
Date: 9 August 1762
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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Balance sheet

Deputy Governor: Thomas Forde

Includes 7/6 laid out in journey from Chatham to Lambeth, Surrey, for horse hire and boat hire 16-18 July 1622 to answer and give satisfaction to the Archbishop of Canterbury touching a "false and clamorous" petition delivered by John Griffen, Almsman [See CH108/34 for petition?]

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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Ann Phillips' Charity c1822-1869

Deed of Transfer

(i) George Patey Parkin of the Admiralty, Somerset House, London, Esq. John Parkin of Battersea, Surrey, Esq., acting executors of Thomas Fordar Hawkes, Assistant of Master Shipwright of H.M. Dockyard, Chatham.

(ii) Francis James Laire, Master Shipwright of H.M. Dockyard, Chatham Oliver William Lang and John Inman Fincham, Assistants of Master Shipwright as above.

To stand possessed of and comply with trusts of will of Ann Phillips of Brompton, Gillingham, widow, deceased, subsequent to deaths of her original executors Edward Sison, Master Shipwright of Chatham Dockyard, Thomas Mitchell, Master Shipwright of Sheerness Dockyard and John Peek of Chatham Dockyard, Painter's Measurer all deceased.

Yearly dividends and interest of £300 3¼% Bank Annuities for relief of widows and orphans of shipwrights employed at Chatham Dockyard at times of their death, apportioned 2/3 to families of men dying in Chatham, 1/3 to families of men dying in Gillingham.
Date: 21 January 1850
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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Deed of Gift [collateral to CH108/289 and 290]

(i) Peter Hilles of Rotherhithe (Roderiff), Surrey, yeoman

(ii) William Barnes of the City of London, one of the four Masters of the Queen's Majesty's Navy, and Agnes his wife

One messuage, one store house, two yards and one garden in Chatham Street, Chatham adjoining the land of the heirs of Richard Smythe to the east, to land of St. Bartholomew's Hospital to the west, the River Medway to the north and Chatham Street to the south.

Consideration: a certain sum of money [i.e. not stated]

Signed by Hilles (Hylles)

Witnesses: George Bell, Alderman of the City of Rochester, John Pewett, Thomas Robinson, Thomas White, writer and John Williams

Seal on tag

[Inscribed "feoffment"]

Date: 30 January 1577
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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Assignment of Lease [collateral to CH108/288 and 290]

(i) Peter Hills of Rotherhithe (Roderiff), Surrey, Yeoman

(ii) William Barnes of City of London, a Master of the Queen's Majesty's Navy.

Remainder of lease of 79 years originally made by St. Bartholomew's Hospital to Walter Haite of City of Rochester, tailor in 1545, to ground called the Key adjoining a close called the Tye west, the King's Highway to the south, River Medway to the north and Nicholas Hilles' Key to the east with a marsh, orientation also given.

Consideration - not specified.

Witnesses - George Bell, alderman, John Pewett, Thomas Robinson and Thomas White, writer.

Seal with initials P.H. on tag.
Date: 1 February 1577
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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Bond for quiet enjoyment [collateral to CH108/288-289]

(i) Peter Hilles of Rotherhithe (Roderiff), Surrey, yeoman

(ii) William Barnes of City of London, one of the Masters of the Queen's Navy.

In respect of sale by (i) to (ii) of Messuage, Storehouse, two yards and garden in Chatham [High] Street, Chatham.


Witnesses - George Bell, alderman, John Pewett, Thomas Robinson, Thomas Whyte, writer.

Seal bearing initials P.H.

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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Property and Estate Management:


Counterpart Lease for 21 years

(i) Hawkins' Hospital. (ii) Sir Francis Leighe of Addington, Surrey, Knight

1 acre arable land, 1 acre pasture, 1 acre woodland in Welling and East Wickham and tithes, formerly occupied by Sir Olliphe Leighe now occupied by Sir Francis Leighe.

Rent £16 p.a.

With armorial seal on tag.
Date: 1 July 1621
Quantity: 1 membrane

Result number 23 - Please quote Reference: CH108_Hospital_of_Sir_John_Hawkins_Kt_in_Chatham_1500_1984/CH108_445 on request slip.

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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Property and Estate Management:

EAST WICKHAM, PLUMSTEAD: FREEHOLD Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Property and Estate Management:

EAST WICKHAM, PLUMSTEAD: FREEHOLD Counterpart Lease for 21 years.

(i) Hawkins' Hospital
(ii) Sir Francis Leighe of Addington, Surrey, Knight

1 acre arable land, 1 acre pasture, 1 acre woodland and tithes in Welling and East Wickham, formerly occupied by Sir Olliph [sic] Leighe now by Sir Francis as above.

Rent £16 p.a.

Seal on tag. [See also letter from Sir Francis Leighe, 28 April 1641, CH108/474].
Date: 29 April 1641
Quantity: 1 membrane

Result number 24 - Please quote Reference: CH108_Hospital_of_Sir_John_Hawkins_Kt_in_Chatham_1500_1984/CH108_447 on request slip.

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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Property and Estate Management:

EAST WICKHAM, PLUMSTEAD: FREEHOLD Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Property and Estate Management:

EAST WICKHAM, PLUMSTEAD: FREEHOLD Counterpart Lease for 21 years.

(i) Hawkins' Hospital
(ii) Sir Thomas Leighe of Addington, Surrey, Knight

1 acre arable land, 1 acre pasture, 1 acre woodland and tithes in Welling and East Wickham, formerly occupied by Sir Francis Leighe of Addington, Surrey, Kt. and since of Dame Christian Leighe.

Rent = £16 p.a. Seal tag [mutilated]
Date: 8 April 1675
Quantity: 1 membrane

Result number 25 - Please quote Reference: CH108_Hospital_of_Sir_John_Hawkins_Kt_in_Chatham_1500_1984/CH108_448 on request slip.

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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Property and Estate Management:


(i) Hawkins' Hospital
(ii) Sir Thomas Leighe of Addington, Surrey, Kt.

1 acre arable land, 1 acre pasture, 1 acre woodland and tithes in Welling and East Wickham, formerly occupied by Sir Francis Leighe and now by Dame Christian Leighe.

Rent £16 p.a.

Signed by governors Thomas Manley, Phinneas Pett, Edward Gregory, John Kirke and Philip Lathy [?]

Seal on tape left side.
Date: 8 April 1675
Quantity: 1 membrane

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