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Milton Chantry (Julieanne Savage) / CC BY-SA 2.0

There will be open days at the Milton Chantry, Gravesham’s oldest building, on Friday 13 September and Saturday 14 September. Entry is free and all visitors will be offered a complimentary audio guide which brings the building alive through its informative commentary.
On Saturday there will be a display supplied by Medieval Days Living History. There will be opportunity to try on some medieval fashion items, have a go at casting an iron coin and try your hand at spinning wool.

Melanie Norris said “Taking part in national events such as this enforces the importance of preserving and promoting local heritage. Milton Chantry is such a wonderful building and offers visitors a real sense of the past”. The Chantry was founded in 1322 by Aymer de Valence the Earl of Pembroke although its origins date back to around 1189. During the Middle Ages, many wealthy people built Chantry Chapels and gave them land to generate income in order to maintain a priest to pray for the owner and his family. The Chantry was occupied by a number of priests appointed by the Bishop of Rochester until around 1524. Like many other chapels, Milton Chantry was dissolved into Crown hands as part of Henry VIII’s reformation

Milton Chantry is located within the Fort Gardens close to Gordon Promenade and easily walkable from the town centre. The nearest car park is Milton Place. Public toilet facilities are located on the Promenade next to the Café.

Open times
Friday 13 September 10.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday 14 September 12noon – 5pm
Please note that due to the age of the building, at present it is not accessible to wheelchair users.

The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor, has once again recognised the high standards found at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, following the maritime heritage attraction’s exceptional traveller reviews. The TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ awards businesses that consistently earn top rankings from the website’s large community of reviewers and cites “with a high rating, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has earned a place amongst the very best”.

Mr Bill Ferris OBE in front of the fantastic No1 Smithery

Mr Bill Ferris OBE in front of the fantastic No1 Smithery

Bill Ferris OBE, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said; “Third party review is the most important validation of any visitor attraction. The consistently positive comments lodged on TripAdvisor are a real testament to our continuous programme of investment here and illustrate that we have a team of incredibly dedicated people who add that extra sparkle and will go that extra mile for our visitors. These actions make the real difference to all those visitors who come to this amazing place. We are very grateful to receive comments such as ‘‘Theresa, the guide in The Victorian Ropery was excellent and added so much value to the tour with her sharp wit and repartee’; ‘Irene, our guide, was terrific. We were a large group but she coped with this extremely well, with special attention for the children. Irene, you were great fun and certainly gave the impression you enjoy your job’; ‘The highlight for us was Hearts of Oak, a digital visit to the dockyards in the company of “projected” guides. Very atmospheric and technically very high quality. A great addition to the attractions here.”

Mr Ferris continued; “We are having a terrific visitor season with numbers well above our best ever to date, so we hope that even more visitors will leave as satisfied in the future! ”

The Castle KeepArundel Castle To Recreate 1643 Siege

Arundel Castle continues its thrilling 2013 open season with an English Civil War commemoration on 14 April, marking the 370th anniversary of the Siege of the Castle by Parliamentarian soldiers.

Positioned alongside the River Arun, the second fastest flowing tidal river in the UK, Arundel Castle was a key location for protagonists in the English Civil War and the setting of a major 18 day siege. More

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