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Offline mikeb

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Re: Old Maidstone Road Chatham
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2015, 16:29:14 »
Thank you Smiffy, that confirms pretty much the route I suspected the "old" Maidstone Road must have taken.

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2015, 14:32:59 »
Here's an outline of the old route overlaid onto a later map.

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Old Maidstone Road Chatham
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2015, 10:43:58 »
I have found reference in the 1851 census (it may appear in others as well) to "Old Maidstone Road, near Gibraltar House". Can anyone tell me exactly where this Old road may have been? Is it the same as Old Road which runs parallel to New Road or perhaps what is now called Gibraltar Hill between Maidstone Road & New Road?
And leading on from this, a supplementary question really, the line of the current Maidstone Road from Southill Road down to the Viaduct is arrow straight and smacks of a "military" re-alignment perhaps. Did the original Maidstone Road take a different line? 

 

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