Waterbodies & Maritime => Chatham Dockyard => Topic started by: kyn on September 21, 2008, 16:45:43

Title: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: kyn on September 21, 2008, 16:45:43
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Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: colin haggart on October 04, 2008, 23:42:19
In the first photo, it looks like extra seating at the end of the pews.

Gillingham Baptist Church has something similar, at the end of the pews is what looks like a decorative piece of wood with a groove in it, you pull it, it slides out and you have extra seating, not much good in today's fire regulations.

I've shown them to members of the church who have been going for years and
they did not know that it was extra seating.
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: Swamp Kiwi on November 22, 2008, 07:30:13
In December 1972 I was a dockyard apprentice and was tasked with putting the lights on the Christmas tree inside the church. Just inside the door on the left as you walked in there was a glass case containing a model of a ship made of pieces of carved bone by prisoners of war being held in hulks on the river. It even had crew clambering up the rigging, all carved from bone. It was a beautiful piece of craftsmanship but when I visited a few years ago it was gone. I'm pretty sure it sat on that table in the foyer that can be seen in the 2nd to last photo above. Does anyone know where this treasure ended up?
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: bromptonboy on November 22, 2008, 07:48:09
When the navy were leaving Chatham nearly everything of any historic importance went with them with the exception of what the Dockyard Historical Society had managed to beg, steal or borrow! Loads of stuff disappeared from the Church including the bone model, the Royal Colours, and the HMS Vindictive Battle Ensign from Zebrugge and also the one off HMS London that was flown during the Yangste incident. Some musuems and naval establsihments were actually circling like vultures to pick-off items that they had had their eyes on for years! Loads went missing! There were even French cannon balls embedded in timbers taken from Victory and Temeraire when they were repaired in Chatham following Trafalgar!

On visiting various naval establishments around the country I often see bits and pieces that have a Chatham heritage to them. I am sure quite a bit must languish in the Trophy Stores at Portsmouth. It would be great to get some of them back in Chatham, it's just a matter of who has the time to dedicate to searching it all out?
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: Swamp Kiwi on November 22, 2008, 20:07:24
Thanks Bromptonboy. I can appreciate that some items might have a greater historical significance to the nation and perhaps be in the War Museum or at Portsmouth but some of it is important local history and should have remained in local hands. Words like plunder and looting come to mind. Oh, was that out loud?
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: merc on August 31, 2009, 16:37:04
I've just read that 17 memorials from the old Naval dockyard church at Sheerness were moved to Chatham dockyard church in 1966.

The oldest one dates from 1869,in memory of the daughter of the dockyard cashier of that time. Three memorials are to Royal Marines killed in action in Sudan and Khartoum. Another one records loss at Sea in 1887 of H.M.S. Wasp and lists its entire crew.
There are memorials to local based ships (Sheerness) such as H.M.S. Thistle and Barracouta,which were lost at sea.
There's also tributes to Naval officers who held senior posts in the dockyard.

I wonder if they're all still there...
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: man-of-kent on March 17, 2011, 21:24:08
I refer to the church just inside the main gate.
Does anyone remember Tom Stocksly, who was choirmaster and organist there for many years?
He was my music teacher for 4 years at Highfield secondary school, and I kept in regular contact with him until he died a couple of years ago in his home town of Stirling in Scotland.
Derek Brice
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: kevin payne on March 18, 2011, 15:01:13
Hi man of kent, I remember him well as my business studies teacher at Highfields, I left school in 1975.
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: man-of-kent on March 18, 2011, 15:10:02
Hi man of kent,i remember him well,as my busiess studies teacher at highfields,i left school in 1975.
I do have a nice 45 minute recording of him on the organ.
If you want a free copy, just PM me.

Derek
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: kyn on March 16, 2012, 21:20:39
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Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: kevin payne on March 16, 2012, 22:17:48
When I worked at the dockyard for a second time, I found the key to the so called crypt, well it's just earth below, I've also heard that it was never truly consecrated! A big fella like a bouncer had seen the ghost of an old man sitting in the pews, so it was given to me to close it at night! I never experienced anything, and in later times it was used as the house of commons for the film "amazing grace", where I played the part of a lord on the side of William Wilberforce, they totally transformed it, but no ghosts appeared!.

Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: kyn on March 17, 2012, 22:38:13
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Title: Re: Sheerness Dockyard Church
Post by: grevillea on June 01, 2013, 04:29:31
Were the Registers for Baptisms and so on also moved with memorials from Old Dockyard Church Sheerness to Chatham Dockyard Church? Would Kent Library be the best resource for 1780 to 1805?
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: CDP on June 05, 2013, 22:41:00
I  have a copy of these  b.d.m's  on my web site or go to     LINKS>MEMBERS WEB SITES at the top of page one on this forum for web site
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: CDP on June 06, 2013, 11:35:11
I have just remembered where the HMD Sheerness records are in my web page
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~penney/hm%20dockyard%20church/main%20page.htm
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: cliveh on July 24, 2013, 12:20:14
A postcard of the Church c1905

cliveh
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: kyn on November 12, 2014, 20:21:34
I love this :)
Title: Re: Chatham Dockyard Church
Post by: kyn on October 26, 2017, 20:21:24
Beneath the church.