what makes Chatham so special?
Our very own Chatham electrician would like to share some of his favourite facts
The history of Chatham, Medway
Chatham would have been simply fields and woods for a very long time (obviously, Kev). The first entries from centuries ago have it named what would have been a small village in the woods Cetham or Ceteham. The famous Roman road the A2 runs straight through Chatham, and most of the Medway towns, which was the route that the Romans had chosen and heavily invested in as the best route between London and Dover, back to their mainland. The crossing at the river Medway became a prominent location to secure, leading to the construction of Rochester Castle. For a long time, Britain's adversaries would have predominantly been in Europe, to the Southeast. The geographic strengths of Chatham and Gillingham was played to Britain's strategic advantage, and eventually became home to the nation's fleet. Over time, the Medway towns grew into a Naval and Army garrison. Having such military dominance for a number of decades meant the entire Medway region, and further afield in Kent, was heavily invested in defensive structures such as forts (Such as Fort Pitt and Fort Amherst, both located in Chatham), Pill boxes and the huge network of tunnels underground, many of which still exist today.
Famous people from Chatham, Medway
Elizabeth Everest, Nanny to Winston Churchill and his brother Jack, and stayed with their family til he was 20 or so.
Marc Elliot Pilcher, Hairstylist and make-up artist who has been involved in Beauty & the beast, Downton Abbey and won an emmy award for his work in Mary Queen of Scots.
Thomas Waghorn (for anyone wondering, the guy wearing a traffic cone on his head near Chatham highstreet) was a Naval officer and most famous for poineering the idea that became the Suez canal water shortcut through Egypt.
Our favourite businesses in Chatham, Medway
Some of your Chatham electrician's recommended favourite businesses to try in Chatham:
Cafe - The village cafe in Walderslade Village
Post Office - Princes Avenue Post Office opposite Morrisons, Princes Park
Plumbing & heating - Southway Plumbing & Heating Ltd (Long term Chatham business now based in West Malling, Kent)
Fences, Patios and Driveways - Ruby Contracting Ltd based on Magpiehall Road, Chatham
Painters & Decorators - D&H Domestic & Commercial Decoraors based off Dargets Road, Chatham
Steel fabrication and installation - CKH steel Ltd (Now based in Newington, Sittingbourne)
Family Entertainment - Lordswood Ten Pin Bowling
Holiday Planner - Clare Lake Travel Agents