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Offline pr1uk

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Re: Gillingham Gate
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2016, 06:24:35 »
Gillingham Gate:


Brings back memories used that gate a lot as you walked in on the right hand side was the MOD police office and often at random someone was picked out taken in and searched.
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Re: Gillingham Gate
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2014, 16:44:22 »
Gillingham Gate:


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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2014, 16:28:51 »
Blade1 the hooter you could hear at 9.00am announced the start of 'Beaver' , the recognised term for breakfast in the dockyard.

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Re: Gillingham Gate
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014, 15:34:11 »
I remember hearing the 'dockyard horn' whilst walking to school in the mornings. Usually meant I was late as it used to sound at 9am!!

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Gillingham Gate
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 13:00:11 »
The bell from the gate.

Accompanying information - This bell was cast in the dockyard foundry and would have been stationed at the top of a mast by the Gillingham Gate entry to the dockyard.  There were a number of bells across the site at the gates and workshops and these were rung to mark the start and end of the working day.  By 1940, the Gate Bells rang at the following times:

6.45 one stroke
6.50 two strokes
6.55 three strokes
6.58 continuous until 7.00 am which was the start of the working day.

The tradition of bells ringing in the dockyard was gradually halted by the early 1950s when they were replaced by a horn that announced the start and end of the working day.


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