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This history of Medway (Rochester, Strood, Chatham, Gillingham
and Rainham) from pre-history to present day, provides an
introduction to an area in the south-east of England that has
always played an important strategic role, being at the mouth of
the River Medway and close to mainland Europe.
Use the links at the bottom of the page to go to the different
time periods on the timeline. Attached to the main historical
entries are articles on various topics of local interest and in
some cases these articles span several historical time periods.
They highlight various events, buildings and people that have
played a significant part in shaping the Medway area.
The timeline is not intended to be comprehensive but has been
designed as a general introduction with pointers to further
resources for those interested in more in-depth study. With this in
mind, references to books and websites for further research have
been included at the end of most articles.
To locate a copy any of the books mentioned in the timeline,
check holdings and availability of individual titles on the
Medway libraries' online
catalogue by searching author, title or phrase.
Additional local history resources in Medway can be found by
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