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- DescriptionChatham has had an association with the Royal Navy since Elizabethan times, moving to its current site in 1622. It provided the facilities to build, repair, maintain and supply ships. In the mid-nineteenth century, work began on expanding the dockyard into St Mary's Island, where three huge basins and five new docks were constructed, almost quadrupling its size, in order to support twentieth-century vessels. Work then commenced on a new home for Royal Navy seamen. The new barracks, HMS Pembroke, opened in 1903 providing accommodation for 5,000 officers and ratings for the following eighty years. The dockyard and barracks finally closed in 1984 and the Royal Navy bid farewell to Chatham. However, its legacy remains and its many historic dockyard and barrack buildings provide a warm welcome for residents and visitors alike.
- Author BiographyClive Holden is an amateur local historian with a wide range of historical interests, in particular architectural history. He has long been interested in Chatham Docks and Naval Barracks - he recently appeared BBC TV series Heir Hunters on an episode discussing the subject. He is also a keen photographer.
- Author(s)Clive Holden
- PublisherAmberley Publishing
- Date of Publication13/02/2014
- SubjectLocal History, Names & Genealogy
- Series TitleThrough Time
- Place of PublicationChalford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAmberley Publishing
- Content Note180
- Weight204 g
- Width165 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine5 mm
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