The Medway Towns….

I am proud to live in the Medway Towns, we moved from Essex in 1999 and have never looked back. We have made many lovely friends over here and feel apart of a very large family…Medway has often bared the brunt of bad press, but that is all changing….Our kids are amongst the most interesting and trendsetting kids you would ever wish to meet and its not surprising really, as we have a major Art institute (KIAD) in Chatham, and now a new state of the art College in Gillingham!

We are surrounded in history, what with the Chatham Dockyard, Fort Amhurst and Upnor Castle, to name but a few of our wonderful attractions, we are so spoilt for beautiful places….the towns are set around the River Medway and the views are spectacular…I think sometimes we take all of our history for granted, because even in our local shopping centre’s amongst the TK Maxx’s and the Costa Coffee houses….if you just take the time to look up…you will see the fabulous architecture of days gone by….art deco windows, victorian statues, and gothic turretts….

Armed with a little background I thought I would feature some wonderful people and places that I have had the pleasure of meeting and seeing over my life spent in Medway over the last 10 years….I thought I would start of with Rochester….well why not! This is a lovely town and has a High Street to die for! It is so full of history.….and has typical old fashioned shops…you know the kind that are disappearing from our High Streets…they are all independant traders and family businesses all lined up along lovely cobbled streets….

…And of course (how can we forget!) One of Rochester most famous connections is that with Charles Dickens. His family moved to Chatham when his was five years of age. After moving away from Chatham he later returned to Gad’s Hill place in Higham. By then many of his novels were published and read around the world. However, he died whilst writing his novel “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”. Many of Dickens novels included references to Rochester and the surrounding area where today two festivals are held in his honour.…One of which will be held this weekend, so if you fancy a day out…do come along!


Rochester Cathedral is England’s second oldest church where Its architecture is Norman and early English…..and Rochester Castle is One of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England. The grounds are good for a picnic stop too, and is surrounded by Victorian and edwardian houses, some of which have been reported to be haunted!

…So now you can understand why We love living here! I feel that we can finally throw off the shackles that Medway was once a troubled area….we have a wonderful heritage and many interesting people, Painters, potters, artists, gardeners, designers, chefs, etc etc…Our Medway is a rose amoungst the thorns…a place where people can be themselves…Aspire to be someone….and to make a difference in the world! 

Why not come and pay us a visit…check out the Rochester and Medway website πŸ™‚

…And remember to come along this weekend to the twice annually Dickens Festival….its going to be a lovely weekend!Love Happy x

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    KARA
    July 4, 2009 / 3:47 pm

    Its funny paints a different piccy of Medway than I remeber we moved away to the coast about 5 years ago but my MIL still lives in rochester, I think a trip to the high street maybe in order x

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    boracay island philippines
    June 30, 2009 / 3:02 am

    great post.. πŸ™‚

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    Philippine Realty
    June 29, 2009 / 11:20 pm

    Hi,Thanks for these sweet photos:-)

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    vivian
    May 29, 2009 / 1:27 am

    I used to live in Rochester too!! Rochester NY USA that is.. (heehee!) doesnt look much like your rochester though. love that castle. I would love to walk through it. I bet its gorgeous inside.have a great day!hugsvivian

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    Floss
    May 28, 2009 / 8:57 pm

    That looks fantastic! I visited Chatham as a child, because my dad was in the Navy and had friends there, but otherwise I’ve really missed out on the south east of England generally. You’ve made me look for a reason to get back there, now! It’s great to see your local pride.

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    prinsesselinn
    May 28, 2009 / 8:35 pm

    oh, how ive missed your blog , whilst my computer has been away,and replaced with a new one, now, one mont later;)do you by any chance have some tips for me as im going to England in beginning of august ?Mostly Dorset, but also lovely lovely pretty town Bath ( whitc i have been before once ) and of course London, where my heart pounds twice a year;)please feel free to let me know where to shop, dine and sip coctails.Have a wonderfull weekend.BIG HUG.

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    Anonymous
    May 28, 2009 / 1:44 pm

    lovely photos :-)I live in Essex though and I’m not sure if anywhere else would ever be “home”…Saying that my other half is Australian, and works for an American company so I might have to get used to living somewhere else at some point!Rose XXX

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    SueLovesCherries
    May 28, 2009 / 1:21 pm

    I have GOT to swim the pond and visit your Medway! It looks divine! Much better looking than my Medway. Thanks for the tour!

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    Florence and Mary
    May 28, 2009 / 10:21 am

    It looks lovely there but I’ve got to stay loyal to Essex and say I think that’s great too! LOL!Victoria xx

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    Sal
    May 28, 2009 / 7:38 am

    I would love to visit your area..it is so steeped in history!It’s a bit of a jaunt for us but I am determined to hit the Medway towns one day!Great post!! πŸ˜‰

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    Lavender hearts
    May 28, 2009 / 7:37 am

    Looks wonderful. I feel the same way about where we live now. We moved from South West London and then Surrey, and now rural Sussex. Best thing we ever did = the city is just rubbish, nice areas within 5 min walk of sh*t hole areas. Suburbs, well they are the suburbs! I love Kent and Sussex, they are really underrated places, but steeped in history and full of wonderful things to do. I might do a post like this. πŸ™‚

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    KC'sCourt!
    May 28, 2009 / 6:58 am

    Just to say we moved from Essex in 1986 it was the best thing we did too. We now live in Minehead Somerset since 1990 via Sidmouth Devon from 1986.We have been through Rochester when parents-in-law lived in the mobile home site which use to/still does not sure which be right opposite Southend you could see it when the sun shone!Where did you live in Essex? We lived in Hadleigh near Southend.

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    Hen
    May 28, 2009 / 6:19 am

    Well Happy,You’ve certainly made me look at the Medway towns anew. My other half lived there all his life until 5 years ago and his family are still there. You made it look very attractive!Hen x

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