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Re: Report on Lands in the Chatham Sub-District 1903
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2015, 17:45:00 »

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Re: Report on Lands in the Chatham Sub-District 1903
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2015, 15:17:56 »
You are very welcome, I do actually have some of the plans mentioned and will add them when I can.  This was a very interesting read :)

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Re: Report on Lands in the Chatham Sub-District 1903
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2015, 15:12:02 »
Kyn, thanks for taking the considerable time & trouble to post this lot!! There's an awful lot to ponder over and take in, too much to comment on just now. But thanks.

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Re: Report on Lands in the Chatham Sub-District 1903
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2015, 13:30:51 »
Rights of Way

The earliest references to public rights of way are contained in letters dated 28-2-1825 and 17-3-1825, Vol. 28.  From these it will be seen that a claim was made by local authorities for two paths (a) from Cossack street to New road near Fort Pitt House (A B on plan attached), and (2) from Delce Farm to what is now Albany Terrace (C D E on plan attached).

From plan A101, however, and correspondence in L9, dated 1875, it will be seen that these became encroachments (140 and 144) and 141.  At that date several other paths were also permitted as encroachments and all these are already show on that plan.

A path from near Roman Catholic Chapel up to Lock Hospital and onwards to eastward gave a lot of trouble, and was finally blocked in 1901-1902.

The path on West side of Maidstone road to Hills Terrace is closed annually (see list attached to this report).

New tracks are constantly being formed in the two recreation grounds N.W. and S. and E. of Fort Pitt, but the payment of an annual rent for these is considered sufficient to protect W.D. interests beyond the encroachments already authorized.

St. Margarets, Rochester. – Fort Clarence.

The land adjoining Fort Clarence at Rochester, from the Rochester-Maidstone Road westwards to the river, was acquired between 1808 and 1815.

On 1-8-1808 the B. of O. authorized the C.R.E. to take possession of 23A. 1R. 15P., i.e., the plots 1 to 8 on attached tracing, whilst the remaining area, plot 9, was taken possession of in 1811, in order to provide space and access along the rear of the works then under consideration.  (See letters dated 17-7-1811 and 18-7-1811).

The areas of the various plots are shown on plan 5 attached, and the purchase prices appear to have been as follows:-

Plots 1, 2, 3, 4 from Bishop of Rochester, 3A. 3R. 14P., for £420
Plots 5, 7, 8 from Dean and Chapter, 16A. 0R. 38P., for £2640
Plot 6 from Mr Head, 3A. 1R. 13P., for £800
Plot 9 from Mrs Lane, 1A 0R. 30P., for £210

See plans A37 and A38 in C.R.E., T.D.’s Office.

The only trace of any property relinquished is a portion on east side of Rochester-Borstal Road transferred to the Civil Authorities on 16-4-1886, comprising 0A. 0R. 9P., and shown on plan A110.  This forms part of plot 7 on attached plan.

There are no rights of way over any of this property, and the existing paths (1903) were closed as will be seen from copy of Garrison Orders attached.

Garrison Order, dated 21st September, 1903:-


The private roads and paths, the property of the War department, in the Chatham Sub-District will be closed to the public (except Officers and Soldiers and Sailors, in uniform, and their families) for 24 hours, commencing at 10 a.m. on the days named:-

On Thursday, 24th September, 1903.

See X on plan 2.
Upnor and Chattenden – Railway track from Upnor to Chattenden 5 barriers
Upnor, Tower Hill – Block opening in fence 30 yards west of B.S. 31 1 barrier
*Brompton and Chatham – Road from bridge North of Officers’ quarters, St. Mary’s Barracks, to Riding School 2 barriers
*Road from near the Gymnasium past the R.E. Institute 2 barriers
*Road through Chatham Barracks 2 barriers
*Road from near St. Mary’s Church towards the South Gate, Chatham Barracks except to pedestrians going past Cornwallis Battery 1 barrier
*Ragged School.  Paths across Lines, but leaving access to school 2 barriers
*New Road from the “Prince of Wales” (public-house) to Duke of Cumberland’s bastion 4 barriers
*Road from Trinity Church to the Garrison Chapel 2 barriers
*Roadway from High Street, Old Brompton, into Brompton Barracks 2 barriers
Southill Barracks – Footpath from Maidstone Road to Hill’s Terrace 1 barrier
Grange, near Twydall – Sea wall, North of Peckham Lodge 2 barriers
*Fort Pitt – Path from Pattern’s Lane to Cossack Lodge2 barriers
Borstal – Roads leading from Borstal Prison to Mount Road 3 barriers
Paths from boundary stones, 8a and 10, and road running South, and parallel to Mount Road 3 barriers

On Friday, 25th September, 1903

Chattenden – Main Road leading off public highway, Chattenden, to Chattenden Barracks 2 barriers
Chattenden – Portion of road leading off public highway, front of Ordnance Officers’ Quarters, Chattenden, leading to Chattenden Barracks 2 barriers
Chattenden – Road off public highway, front of Police Quarters, leading to Chattenden Magazines 2 barriers
*Fort Clarence – Paths from Medway Tower towards Fort Clarence 2 barriers
Fort Darland (country round) – Road South from Crown Cottage 2 barriers
Fort Darland (country road) – Paths through Ambley Wood 2 barriers
Fort Darland (country road) – Paths through East Hoath Wood 3 barriers
Fort Darland (country road) – Paths from Darland Hill Cottages to Star Mill and Ash Tree road 6 barriers
Fort Luton – From Street End.  One path North and one path West. 3 barriers
Magpie Hill road, and footpath thence towards Snodhurst 4 barriers
Fort Horsted – Footpath running East from Horsted Farm 2 barriers
Wouldham – Path to Hard 2 barriers
The C.R.E., Chatham Sub-District, will arrange for temporary barriers at the various points (except the gates of Chatham Barracks), in charge of warders, who are not to allow any person to enter the roads specified, except Officers, Soldiers and Sailors in uniform, and Civilians employed on, or having business in, War Department precincts.

The gates of Chatham Barracks to be close as specified, and corresponding orders issued to the sentries there.  The Officers Commanding Details 1st Oxford L.I. and 4th Rifle Brigade will see that this is carried out.

*See page 10.

G. H. Griffith, Capt., R.E.
Staff Officer to C.R.E., Thames district.

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Re: Report on Lands in the Chatham Sub-District 1903
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2015, 11:41:22 »
Fort Pitt and South Hill.

Fort Pitt and South Hill Lands, A, were acquired under Act 22, George III., Cap. 80 of 178-, and Decree of Commissioners, dated 23-1-1781 (Ordnance Decree No. 2 Record Office).  This Act omitted all reference to rates so that the land was declared subject to all tithes, rates, and taxes in a subsequent Act 24, George III., Cap. 29, Section 17.  £20,674 was paid for these lands, see letter dated 8-12-1780.

Mr. Howlett in his report gives the acreage as 129A. 2R. 37P., but it is not clear from whence he took this area.  A plan A13 made in 1809, showing the land acquired in 1781, gives an area of 5A. 3R. 11P. for the New Road A1 (shown in yellow on plan 4 attached), leaving 123A. 3R. 26P.  To this must be added the area of B viz:- the site of the old Road (shown crimson on plan 3 attached), closed and exchanged for the new Road, 13-4-1784, area 2A. 1R. 23P., see letter dated 13-4-1784, giving a total area in 1784 of 126A. 1R. 9P.  This agrees well with the return of lands made on 20-6-1785, viz:- 126 Acres.

It was not until 1821 that the new Maidstone Road was taken in hand.  An Act of Parliament was passed in that year, and the 2 portions A2 (coloured green o plan 4 attached) were exchanged for the road C (shown blue in plan 3) which was closed.  The areas of these roads were 0A. 3R. 38P. and 0A. 2R. 28P. respectively.

Plan No. A14 shows the strip of land bought for making the North end of this road in 1780.  After its formation it was found that 2 strips A4 remained over along N.E. and S.W. sides and these were sold in 1823 to the Rochester Corporation for £50.  Areas were 24 poles and 17 poles respectively, and they are shown yellow on plan 4, see letters dated 16-1-1823, Receipts, and 18-1-1823, Issues.

Another piece of waste land adjoining the New road on the North side, and alluded to as “Best’s Summer House,” was sold in 3 portions, see letters dated 3-7-1822, and 9-1-1824, also note page 30 of Vol. 10, Issues.  A 3 (coloured blue on plan 4) containing 24 poles, was exchanged for land at Upnor.  A Deed dated 28th and 29th September, 1821, under “Upnor” gives particulars of sale but not of exchange.

Another plot A6 (shown crimson on plan 4), was sold for £10 to Baptist Chapel adjoining, and its area (about 3 ½ poles) thrown into the Chapel burial ground in 1825, see letters dated 8-7-1825 and 9-1-1824.

The third plot A6 (shown green on plan 4), and containing about 5 poles, was sold in 1855 to Mr Winch for £5, see W.O. letter 8/8335, dated 27-11-1855.
In 1856 a piece of ground A7 (coloured crimson on plan 4).  N.E. of Railway Tunnel was granted as a site for a Parsonage for St. Paul’s Parish, see I.G.F.’s letter dated 29-8-56, No. Z465/32, and W.O. letter Chatham 9/52, dated 8-12-1957.  So far I have been unable to follow this matter through.  The letter book of 1856 shows that 2R. 37P. was asked for but only 2R. 2 1/2P. granted, and this latter area is entered in the printed Terrier of 1879, under date 1862, as sold to Rev. Grant for £375.  The Western boundary, as shown on present property plans (and on plan 4), runs through centre of drive and the W.D. stones are in position, but the garden extends further Westward and forms part of letting 61.

Plot A8 (shown yellow on plan 4) just West of new Maidstone Road was granted in 1857, as a site for a Roman Catholic Church, see W.O. letter Chatham 9/19, dated 17-7-1857; its area is given as 1 rood but measures 2R. 4P.  In all probability an extension was afterwards granted, but so far I have been unable to trace this.

In 1863 four plots were sold to the East Kent railway Company, shown as follows on plan 4:-
Three plots forming station Yard shown burnt sienna, and one plot shown crimson North of New Road, all included under A9 and B1, areas as follows:-
East of Maidstone Road, A9 and B1 – 0A. 2R. 17P.
Between Maidstone Road and Ordnance Terrace, A9 and B1 – 1A. 0R. 4 P.
West of Railway Street (Rome Lane), A9 – 4A. 0R. 6P.
North of New Road – 0A. 0R. 17 ½P.
See Deed dated 9-11-1863. – Total Area 5A. 3R. 4 ½P.
and rights to tunnel towards Fort Pitt and under the Lines was granted.  See also plans No. A64.

In 1864 an exchange of land tool place with Watts’ Charity in order to straighten the boundary East of Fort Pitt.  I have found no trace of deed but plan No. A60 gives particulars which are shown on plans 3 and 4 attached (two plots).  A10 shown green on plan 4 exchanged for two plots, green on plan 3 (D in Terrier).

A site, A11, for a vicarage for St. Peter’s, Rochester, was granted in 1867.  Area, 0A. 1R. 17P. shown green on plan 4.  See Deed No. 45, Vol. II., dated 3-5-1867.  This was a free grant.

In 1868 the remaining property North of New Road was sold in two plots, A12 shown green, areas 0A. 0R. 5 ½p., to Mr. Andrews for £124, and A 18, shown blue, areas 0A. 0R. 13 ¾P., to Mr May for £132.  See plan No. A78, and painted Terrier of 1879. (L18). 

In 1871 a strip, A14, shown blue on plan 4, was thrown into the New Road area, about 4 poles (see plan No. A86 and letter W.O. Chatham 8/1682, dated 4-11-1871) near the Gibraltar tower where new Presbyterian Church is now being built (1903).  On 25th March, 1875, the branch road, A 15, containing 0A. 0R. 38P., was handed over to the Local Board of Health for Chatham for upkeep.  This is shown in neutral tint on plan 4 and is the road from archway near Chatham Station Westward to the New Road.

A16, a strip of land West of the Fort Pitt lands, shown blue on plan 4, was exchanged with the Corporation and City of Rochester (see Deed No. 85, Vol. II, dated 30-11-76), for the plot shown blue, E on plan 3.  Each plot measures about 5 poles.

Two plots, A17, were sold to East Kent Railway for £3000 (seeded No. 87, dated 23-3-1877).  These plots are shown in blue on plan 4, adjoining the Station.  Area, 3A. 0R. 0P.

A18, shown blue on plan 4, adjoining R.C. Chapel, was sold to Revd. Butt for £45.  Area 0A. 0R. 10P. (See Deed No. 20, Vol. III., dated 23-11-93).

A19, a strip at South end of South-hill Barracks, was sold to Corporation of Chatham for a road for £200.  Area, 0A. 0R. 20P.  (See Deed 24, Vol. III., dated 17-1-95).

A20, shown crimson on plan 4, adjoining New Road, area, 0A. 1R. 33P., was sold to Revd. Seammell as a site for a Presbyterian Church for £200.  (See Deed No. 36, Vol. III., dated 18-4-98).

In addition to above plots the roadway opposite Albany and Ordnance Terrace, B2, area, 0A. 1R. 15P., appears to have been given over to local authorities in 1862, according to records in I.G.F.’s Office.  (See W.D. Chatham 8/560, dated ? 1862).

The above notes give all references I have been able to find regarding land permanently alienated.  In additions a few notes on other points may be of assistance in tracing rights, &c., in connection with land still held by W.D.

The Fort Pitt land being the only open space let contiguous to the towns of Rochester and Chatham has gradually come to be looked upon as the natural recreation ground for this crowded district.  This, of course, is natural, but the towns do not altogether appear to realize that large sums were paid for the land for military purposes, and if no longer required for such, a time must arrive when the whole should be sold at a fair valuation and the towns compelled to purchase if they look to the interests of their population, otherwise an enhanced value could easily be obtained by selling for building purposes, greatly to the detriment of the local population.  In short it would appear to be the duty of the towns to provide recreation grounds and not the duty of the W.D.  At present an intermediate state exists, and the ground being less and less required for military purposes has been divided off into lettings as follows:-
Rochester Corporation. – In 1869, North-West of Fort Pitt, 23A. 0R. 21P., for £56 per annum.
Chatham Corporation. – In 1875, North-East of Fort Pitt, 5A. 1R. 33P., at £10 6s. 0d. per annum
In 1877, South and East of Fort Pitt, 27A. 0R. 2P., at £54 per annum.

With reference to the second of these, the town were permitted several years go to spend some £700 on asphalting the paths, erecting bandstands, etc., which caused them to take up a very objectionable attitude in 1902, at a conference with the C.R.E., T.D., who pointed out the possibility of the town at some time being required to give up the ground in the terms of their lease, whereupon they said this would never be permitted, as the town would certainly petition their member to bring pressure on the W.D. to prevent such a loss.  From this it will be seen how undesirable it is to allow the town authorities to acquire any rights on W.D. property.  The pressure is constant whereas the Military Officers in charge of lands are constantly changing, and each starts with the very estimable desire to “meet the town half-way,” and to keep on good terms with them, often unfortunately to the detriment of W.D. interests.

Another letting, No. 375, sanctioned 25-3-1903, for 80 years to O.C. 4th Batt. Royal West Kent Regiment, should be noted, as a Drill Hall is to be erected.

The main sewer from Fort Pitt was apparently connected up to one previously laid about 1781 (See entry, dated December, 1781, Vol. 7, Receipts), authority for laying the latter being first granted at a meeting of the Commissioners held 19-9-1781.  It is described as running from “the yard of the “Bear and Ragged Staff” (Public House), to the yard of W.J. Roberts, from South West to North east.”

See also a licence granted 14-2-1862, by the Corporation of Rochester to the W.D., “to construct a sewer on the foreshore of the Medway.”  This outlet was prolonged in 1903 (see D 14370 and plan accompanying that file).  (See also Deed dated 8-5-1884, No. 1., Vol. 3).

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Re: Report on Lands in the Chatham Sub-District 1903
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2015, 10:03:19 »
Plot S. – (Yellow, on plan 3).  When the Old Brompton barrier was done away with a realignment of the road took place, and 2 plots S were closed by order of Kent Quarter Sessions 19-10-1876, and exchanged for 2 plots, B13.

Plot T.  The Gillingham Submarine Mining School was transferred from the Admiralty, 13-10-1877, and was cut off from the Dockyard by the Public Wharf provided by the admiralty.  The latter was not completed till 19-7-1884, when the public right of way to Prince Henry’s Ferry ceased under Dockyard extension Act of 1867, wherein a new wharf was to be provided in place f that formed by the B. of O. in 1807 West of Gillingham Fort, which was thrown into the Dockyard extension.

Plot U, as already described under I, was a strip received in exchange from Local Board of Health when straightening boundaries in 1878.

Transfer to Admiralty in 1896 for Naval Barracks consisted approximately of following areas:-

1714, land B185313
1782, land G31325
1782, Road N20113
1804, land H4, land B1811024
1804, land H5, bathing pond1131

Since the above measurements were made plan No. A121 has been carefully examined and the areas given thereon do not appear to have been carefully checked.

By Scale from it the total area, exclusive of Bathing Pond, comes to about 29 ¾ acres, instead of 33A. 1R. 39P. as recorded thereon, and splitting this up as above:-

1714, land B186113
1782, land G312113
1782, Road N20113
1804, land H4, land B181033
1804, land H5, bathing pond11313

Rights of Way

An extract from Decree of Commissioners, dated 1-11-1758 (Vol. I. of Judgements and Decrees at I.G.F.’s Office), shows that the Lines were first constructed in 1756, and owing to so many old roads and paths being closed thereby, the commissioners directed that the following paths were to be made in lieu.

(1)   Footway, eight feet wide, from Gravel Pit Lane, between Prince Henry’s and Prince Frederick’s Bastions to an alley leading into Wood Street.
(2)   Footway, four feet wide, from Westcourt Farm, through Sallyport, to Garden Street.
(3)   Footway fro, High street, Brompton, to Chatham Church (Now Brompton Hill Road).
(4)   Footway from N.E. end of Land wall (Globe Lane), to Chatham Church (now Church Hill Road).
(5)   Bridle path from Land wall to Sly Kate’s Hill, i.e. from Town Hall, past the Cemetery, to the Lines.
(6)   Other unimportant paths to the marshes where Dockyard now is.

The oldest record of paths over the Lines occurs in 1821, and a sketch is given on page 68, Vol. 25.  From the correspondence that took place in that year and in 1822, it will be seen that the following paths only are public rights of way, viz:-
(1)   Garden Street to Sally Port and Paget Street.
(2)   Sally Port to Brompton Road.
(3)   Sally Port to Cage Lane.
(4)   Cage Lane to Gillingham Church.
(5)   Corner of Wood Street and Mansion Row to Sally Port.

Of these No. 5 was closed in 1901, without protest from the local authorities.  Probably some years back this has been exchanged as a right of way, in exchange for No. 7, about 1876.

The directions of many of the above paths have been slightly altered owing to the construction of the Chatham Darland Railway (1902)  All these paths are for foot traffic only, and in 1879, the Gillingham Urban District Council, having commenced paving the end of No. 1 next Paget Street, were compelled to desist.  See W.O. letter, Chatham 8/1573, dated August, 1879, on file D350.

(6)   In addition to the above, a right of way exists from St. Mary’s church, past South Gate of Chatham Barracks, Cornwallis Battery and Garrison Church to sally Port.  This is referred to as far back as 1826, see letter dated 6-6-1826.
(7)   Footpath from Garden Street to Brompton Road near Gymnasium.  This appears to have become regarded as a public right of way since 1851, as t is not shown on the plan No. A43, which is corrected up to that year.  Negotiations are now (1903) taking place with local authorities for the closing of (2), (6) and (7).
(8)   Another path omitted from the sketch of 1821 leads from the present Town Hall past the old Cemetery and across the lines to Paget Street.  It is referred to in correspondence connected with the grant of land to the Town for the Cemetery (see sketch on page 251, Vol. 12, Issues, dated 1827).
(9)   A right of way (wheeled traffic) was granted along Bridge road at the time Lower Spray Lane was closed.  1804-1807, to give access to the new Public Wharf, west of Gillingham Fort (see letters dated 13-4-1807 in Vol. 17, Receipts, and dated 8-7-1807, Vol. 6 Issues).  No trace can be found of any transfer of the soil of this road to the local authorities, but they appear to have always kept the road in repair.  In 1869 the Dockyard extension tool place and the admiralty provided a new wharf further east, in lieu of this one which was closed, but by this time the road was necessary as affording the main approach to the new Dockyard gate, and o steps have, I think, ever since been taken to guard W.D. rights.
(10)   On the formation of the new road from Brompton Barrier towards Gillingham, already dealt with under (B13), the road (S) was closed and also a footpath from the Barrier past the east of St. Mary’s Barracks to Gillingham Fort (see plan A107).  This path was closed by order of Kent Quarter Sessions, dated 4-7-187, see Deed Book, Vol. 2, No. 93.
(11)   On the same date, a path from the “Prince of Wales” public house south west to Brompton road was closed, being no longer required, Deed 94, Vol. 2 (see plan A107).  The path west from the public house was apparently then considered a right of way.
(12)   The footpath, West of Chatham Barracks, is a public right of way, see letter, dated 25-2-1806, though the soil to foot of the retaining wall is W.D. property.  The road adjoining was made by Navy Board in 1806, and Admiralty appear to have maintained the wall (according to town authorities) until 1875, when, apparently they handed the road over to the Civil for upkeep.  In 1903 the W.D. were approached by the Town, who suggested wall, being in bad repair, should be put in food order and that in future the town would be responsible for its maintenance.  They apparently had laid the paving many years ago along the pathway.
(13)   The plans of land acquired in 1710-1714 show a road from the “Black Lion” to Prince Henry’s Ferry.  All the adjoining lands were bought by B. of O., but the right of way seems to have remained, though the alignment was altered from time to time, till the Dockyard Extension Act of 1867, which authorised the closing of the Public Right of Way to the Upnor Ferry from the Pembroke Gate and also “all paths leading thereto”.  It was probably on the strength of this that the W.D. started closing the road annually from opposite the Gymnasium, past R.E. Institute to the Pembroke Gate.

In 1896 when further land was given up to the Admiralty for Naval Barracks a new road was formed between the lands under the Admiralty and those under W.D., from near Pembroke Gate to near Gillingham Gate of Dockyard.  Also from this road crossing the ditch south of St. Mary’s Barracks to “Prince of Wales” public house.  These roads were both to remain W.D. property and there was no right of way along either of them, though Admiralty were notified Dockyard hands would be allowed to use them.  Both are closed annually (1903).

A reference to the Superintending Civil Engineer at the Dockyard showed that the new Gillingham Public Wharf was only completed in 1884, and that the Public Right of Way to Prince Henry’s Ferry was first closed on 19-7-1884, at the Pembroke Gate.

A list of roads closed in 1903 is attached.  Those marked X deal with lands referred to in these notes.

A useful plan showing rights of way between 1821 and 1851 is No. A43, though it must be remembered that some have since lapsed.

See also plan A101 showing rights of way over the Lines and correspondence in guard book, Lands No. 9, pages 285 and 289.

Rope Walk, near Chatham Cemetery, see letter dated 16-12-1859. There is a right of way over it.  As regards access to the Lines on plot F, there is no right of way.  In September, 1903, all the openings from Slickett’s Hill were closed with unclimbable fencing which let to correspondence with the Chatham town Council, but see plan A101 and pages 323 and 339 of Vol. 15, Issues dated 1830.

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Re: Report on Lands in the Chatham Sub-District 1903
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2015, 16:21:06 »
Plot K, i.e., approach road to Brompton Barracks.
It is not clear how or when this was acquired.  From plan A19 there appear to have been buildings on this plot in 1783.  There is at I.G.F.’s office a Deed, dated 9-6-1804, shewing that the B. of O. purchased property in Wood Street (2Messuages) from Richard Phillips for £1,880, and in addition paid off a mortgage of £120 to Catherine Larkin and Catherine Bone.  No description is given of the property in the Deed, beyond the fact that the property was in Wood Street, but reference is made to a description given in the Will of Christopher Hagedott, dated 17-11-1778, afterwards proved in the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.  By the process of elimination it appears probable that this is the entrance roadway to Brompton Barracks.

The roadway was made in 1804, as adjoining owners complained of their right of drainage being interfered with, see letter dated 5-7-1804.  Another letter referring more particularly to the alley-way from Brompton Gate to May Terrace is dated 4-8-1809, from which it appears probable the B. of O. divided off this path and road from the barrack area, as a high wall shuts off all access, though Barrack Atlas Plans show the soil to be W.D. property.

Correspondence in L19 shows that a formal discharge of quit rent for Manor of Westcourt, (part of roadway 6 feet frontage) was sent to I.G.F. 16-7-1878, see W.O. Chatham 8/1256, dated 12-7-1878.  Does this refer to a strip at the side of entrance roadway or to an old approach now blocked up near South Gun Shed?

Plot L(edged crimson on plan 3), Brompton Hill Road, was made by the B. of O. in 1806, when Navy Board were making the road opposite Marine Barracks.  The soil appears to have been Navy Crown Lands, but there was a public footpath existing previously, and it was presumably transferred to B. of O., as it was thus shown on all plans up to 1875, when the road was transferred to the Local Board of Health on 25-3-1875, see letters dated 25-2-1806 and 5-4-1807.

Plot M was purchased by Deed dated 13-12-1806 from Anne Strover and Jane Weekly, is described as measuring 130 feet along north boundary adjoining B. of O. land, 99 feet on east adjoining B. of O. land, 114 feet on South adjoining Wood Street, and 103 feet on west adjoining property belonging to John Lock.  The Deed has also a plan showing the property exactly, a copy of which is A35 in C.R.E., T.D.’s office.  Purchase money £2,244.  The length of this plot and plot J, from west to east, correspond pretty closely to the actual distances shewn on plan, but it seems very probable that a further extension has at some time taken place towards the south, i.e., a long strip of land adjoining Wood Street appears to have been enclosed, but I found no record of this.

The plots lettered N on plan 3 are those that formed the old main road from Chatham to Gillingham, called Spray Lane, together with branch roads leading (1) to the river on the north, and (2) Dark Lane leading eastward to connect with the Canterbury Road.

Taking the northern portion first, the marshes and fields (part of H) lying between Tom-all-Alones and Gillingham fort, having been acquired in 1804, the Lines on this flank were extended to the front, and the St. Mary’s casemates built (see letters dated 21-8-1807 and 2-9-1807).  This involved the closing of this portion of Spray Lane, which caused a protest from the local authorities, who complained that access to the river was therefore provided by arrangement with the local authorities, a right of way (now Bridge Road), and a public wharf, shewn on plan 3, west of Gillingham Fort, being granted (see letters, dated 12-5-1806, 8-7-1807, and 13-4-07).

It was probably about this time also that the remainder of the marsh referred to under plot H was acquired, though the settlement of claims was not finally decided till 1819 or so (see letters, dated 14-12-1812 and 2-8-1819).

A re-alignment of the road so as to run straight through the Black Lion Fields, and thus avoid the loop towards St. Mary’s, was carried out about this time, G1 (yellow on plan 4).

An Act of Parliament (48, George III., dated 2-6-1808) authorized the closing of Spray Lane from Sly Kate’s Hill northwards, and this probably covered all the portions referred to above, and Dark Lane ceased to be a highway at the same time (see letters, dated 9-11-1807, 16-2-1808, and 23-2-1808).

The alignment if this road from Sly Kate’s Hill can still (1903) be distinctly traced as far as the old boundary stone No.7 on plan A4, which bounded the property acquired in 1710-1714.  This stone is still in position.

The portion of this road marked “S” (yellow, on plan 3) remained open till 1876.  (See under S and B13).

Plot O (pink on plan 3) near Sly Kate’s Hill was apparently taken possession of by mistake when Upberry Farm was acquired in 1804, ad correspondence ensued, resulting in its purchase from Brazen Nose College.  (See deed dated 4-8-1814, and also letters dated 23-2-09, and 26-4-08).

Plot P. – An extension of the Gun Wharf (edged neutral tint, plan 3) carried out between 1810-1815, is referred to under “A”.

Plot Q. – (Yellow).  Tom-all-Alones or Princes Street is shewn on the plan of properties to be acquired in 1782.  (See plan No. A17) but was apparently not purchased (see plan No. A25) and a note on plan No. A42 states that it was purchased by the Navy Board prior to 1821.  A reference to the office of the Superintending Civil Engineer of the Dockyard bears this out and shows that the property was handed over to the Board of Ordnance in 1834 (see B7, also see letters dated 25-8-1834, 14-10-1834).  This property was handed back to the admiralty when Dockyard was extended in 1869.

Plot R. – (Yellow, on plan 3).  A piece of waste Navy Land was thrown into W.D. property when making the Dockyard Road to Pembroke Gate in 1869-70.

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(3)   Military Road, 0A. 3R. 6P. (i.e. 0A. 1R. 2P. + 0A. 2R. 3 1/2 P.)
Thus a total acreage acquired was 88A 0R. 20P. + 18A. 3R. 37P. + 10A. 0R. 38P. + 15A. 2R. 34P. + 0A. 3R. 6P. or 133A. 3R. 15P., under this Act, see letters dated 30-4-1804, 5-8-1805, and 26-4-1808.

Mr. Howlett omitted 3A. 0R. 33P. from his plot No. 10, and 2A. 0R. 34P. from his plot No. 20 see his report No. 351, both carefully described in the Act, and shown on plan A34. Note A, Deed dated 22nd and 23rd April, 1808, refers to certain lands, either these last two plots or the remainder of marsh 15A. 2R. 34P. – 5A. )R. 14P. = 10A. 2R. 20P. above mentioned, but I have not yet obtained this Deed for reference from War Office.

H1 (red on plan 4) consisting of the two marshes last mentioned (except the area of Bathing Pond and Railway Track), together with part of the fields adjoining, formed part of the land transferred to the admiralty for Dockyard extension in 1869.

Transfers to Admiralty in 1869 are shown in Terrier dated 1879 (guard book L18) as being 28A. 1R. 0P. in 1869, and 1A. 1R. 34P. in 1870.

This does not appear to include any marsh land, and the following will give probable areas approximately:-

Arable, &c. Marsh
A.  R.  P. A.  R.  P.
Gillingham FortA14  2  0 5  0  3Total 9A. 2R. 3P.
1714 LandB99  3  0 -
1782 LandG210  1  0 -
1804 LandH13  0  0 24  1  10**25A. 3R. 32P., less Bathing Pond.  1A. 1R. 34P. and railway Track, 0A. 0R. 28P.
Tom-all-AlonesQ0  3  0N10  0  5
28  1  0 29  1  18
Total:57A. 2R. 18P.

This does not include the Dockyard road, B10, which is the 1A. 1R. 34P. handed over in 1870.

A reference to office f Superintending Civil Engineer of the Dockyard showed their records gave 57.93 acres as the area taken over from W.D. in 1869.

H2 (crimson on plan 4).  The Military Road was handed over to the Local Board of Health of Chatham on 25-3-1875.  The barrier maintained was removed in 1856, see letter dated 28-1-1856.  When first constructed encroachments were granted to owners of houses each side for access on to road.

H3 (crimson on plan 4).  A strip of land at Bathing Pond required by Admiralty for Dockyard railway was transferred in 1875 (area 0A. 0R. 28P.), W.O. letter, Chatham 8/420, dated 16-12-75.
Access to Bathing Pool was provided by overhead bridges, and the pond (H* blue) continued in use till 1896, when it also was handed over to the admiralty, and a new pond provided and opened 1901.  H4 also formed part of the transfer to Admiralty in 1896.

Plot I. – Westcourt Manor Farm (pink on plan 3) was included in the Act 22, George III., Cap. 80, of 1782, but was not acquired until 1804.  A plan of the Manor House and fields as existing in 1722 is shown on plan A6, from which it appears the area of the 3 portions was 50A. 2R. 1 1/4P.  The Act gives an area of 51A 1R. 8P. The whole property was acquired in 1804 (see Deed dated 29-5-1804) and the buildings were then known as the Westcourt Farm and were demolished in 1804-5.

This area practically remains intact in W.D. possession though small portions have been thrown into adjoining roads at different times.

Widening entrance to Mill Road.  (See Deed 24-6-78 and plan A107).

Another Deed, 19-9-78, exchanging strips to straighten edge of Brompton Road and throwing a strip 6ft. wide on North side (Marked U on plan 3) into W.D. property.  (See plan A108).

Again in 1887 (W.O. Chatham 8/3561, dated 30-11-1804, from Anna Strover and Jane Weekly for £1,784, 5s. 10d, see letter dated 17-2-1804.  It is described as measuring from North to South 104 feet at each side, and from East to West 247 feet along its Northern and Southern boundaries.  The South boundary abutted on Wood Street.

No plans ca be traced of this property, but a part is described in a Deed, dated 8-5-1804, whereby a leasehold was sold by Susanna Watkins for £1,000, and a mortgage paid off to Thomas Hope (£200).  From the description this property measured on its East to West sided 110 feet, on the North 80 feet, and South adjoining Wood Street 102 feet.  It formed the Eastern portion of the plot above described, see letter dated 22-8-1804.

A second portion of this plot appears to have been on lease to John Somersett, measuring 34 feet X 34 feet probably at West side, as from the Deed, dated 30-11-1804, it is found that the adjoining property hereafter dealt with under plot M, was in part also leased to him, but no Deed can be traced buying out his interest, though he was paid £363 in 1805 probably for his leasehold, see letter dated 1-2-1805.

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Report on Lands in the Chatham Sub-District 1903
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Report on Lands
in the
Chatham Sub-District

(Not including “Eastern Defences” purchased under Defence Act, 1860)

Records of W.D. Lands in the Chatham Sub-District

The following notes have been compiled with a view to giving a rough outline of the history of the lands acquired in the Chatham Sub-District (previous to 1860), and those portions of the same relinquished to date, but they do not deal with land acquired under the Defence Act of 1860, i.e., “Eastern Defences”, or other properties purchased since that date.  Further search will, no doubt, bring to light more information, and the report could thus be added to and brought up to date from time to time.


Each plot acquired is referred to as “A”, “B”, “C”, etc., to tally with the Terrier, but key plans have been added to this report, which show the various plots relinquished, and these are coloured differently to the property plans.

Plots referred to as A2, B2, G2, etc, form portions of plots A, B, G, respectively, and are particular portions relinquished at various times, and shewn more particularly on plan 4 accompanying.  References to plan No. A1 to plan No A124 to the lands plans in office of C.R.E., T.D.

The report is based on Mr. Howlett’s reports at the War Office, which are dated 1859-1861, but those do not deal particularly with boundaries, having been compiled for ascertaining tithes payable, and they make no reference to lands relinquished.  His reports are numbered as follows:-

No. 351. – Upnor Castle and Chatham Lines.
No. 352. – Fort Pitt and Southill.
No. 353. – Fort Clarence.
No. 373. – Folly Point (How or Hoo Fort).
Mo. 374. – Cockham Wood fort.
No. 376. – Medway Batteries.

These reports have explanatory plans and copies of the Acts of Parliament authorizing purchase of lands.

The following gives a very rough outline of the records in the office of the C.R.E., Thames District.  Letter books Vol. I to X. (1778 to 1785) give copies of letters received ad issued.  After that date a separate series was kept for each, and the following volumes are still intact:-

Vols. 1 to 10 – As above-1778-1785.
Vols. 11 to 42 – 1785-1858.
Vols. 43 to 65 – Burnt by mistake in office of C.R.E. Chatham, 3-6 1903.
Vols. 66 to 86 – Guard Books marked “ Fortifications,” 1868-1877.
Vols. 87 to 89 – Burnt as above.
Vols. 90 to 105 – “Eastern defences,” 1873-1885.
Vols. 106 to 112 – Burnt as above.

Vols. 1 to 12 from 1785-1827.
Vols. 13 missing.
Vols. 14 and 15 from 1829-1832.
Vols. 16 to 25 missing.
Vols. 26 to 29 from 1853-1861.  From Vol. 28 marked “Fortifications.”
Vols. 30 to 36 missing.
Vols. 37 from 1871-1872.

There is also a series marked Barracks, of which the following is a list:-
Vols. 1 to 6 from 1844-1858.
Vols. 7 to 23 missing.
Vols. 24 to 26 from 1866-1867.
Vols. 27 and 28 missing.
Vols. 29 to 48 from 1868-1874.
Vols. 49 missing.
Vols. 50 to 79 from 1875-1887.

Another series of guard books is marked Lands, and is complete from L1 to L46, and these contain roughly correspondence on land questions between 1870-1890.  The letters are not arranged according to dates, but in subjects, and an index is required to facilitate reference.

After 1890 correspondence on land questions has been kept on files which are guarded in lands cupboard.

Registers.- There are 3 volumes with the register of all letters received and issued as follows:-
Volume I. – 1872-1879.
Volume II. – 1880-1890.
Volume III. – 1890 – 1893.

In 1893 the Central Registry system was started, and there are 5 volumes of Transit Books from 1893-1898.

In 1895 a Colonel, on the Staff C.R.E. Thames District, was first appointed (Colonel Hill), and prior to this, therefore, there is little information regarding Gravesend and Sheerness in this office.

In 1895 the C.R.E. (Colonel de Wolski) found it so difficult to collect all previous papers on any subject together from Central registry, that a new Register was started, all letters being marked “D” with a number.  Thus say D 300/3801 would be letter No. 3801 in the Register, 300 being the first letter on the subject and thus giving its number to the file.  This system still continues.

The records prior to 1895 were only gradually transferred from office of C.R.E. Chatham, to office of C.R.E., T.D., and it was not till 1903 that the bulk of the old letter books were taken over.

Some of the volumes marked as missing have probably been opened up and the letters taken out and arranged in subjects for the series “Lands”.  Letters dealing with other subjects were no doubt destroyed in accordance with the regulations in force.  A large amount of old correspondence was thus weeded out by a board assembled on 11-6-03, attached to the proceedings of which is a great list of all the papers considered valueless as records, and which were therefore destroyed.  Great care is necessary that no papers dealing with lands are destroyed with other papers dealing with barracks, etc.

Medway Batteries.

Plan 1 attached to this report shows the position of the various batteries and works down the Medway in 1688.  The following are the names of the various works:-

(1)   Upnor castle, built in the 3rd year of Elizabeth.
(2)   James Battery.
(3)   Birds Nest Battery.
(4)   Cockham Wood Fort, built in rein of Charles II. (see letter dated 26-8-1807).
(5)   Gillingham Fort.
(6)   How Fort (Folly Point).

Mr. Howlett, in his report No. 376, dated 1861, stated all trace of (2) and (3) had disappeared, and that the land appeared to have been sold or lost by adverse possession.

The site of Cockham Wood Fort is referred to in letters dated 21st and 26th August, 1807, area in 1811 given as 3a on 23r.  For description pf Fort see Mr. Howlett’s report No. 374.  It was sold in 1867.  (See deed dated 17-6-1867, 3a, 2b, 13r. for £312).  (See also plans A1 and A2).

The island on which Gillingham Fort was erected was transferred to the Admiralty for the Dockyard extension in 1869.  (See later in this report under Gillingham Fort).

No. 6 or How Fort now forms part of the land on which Fort Hoo was built in 1861, further land was purchased in 1860 and for Fort Darnet also.  Plans A57 and A58 show remains of old work in 1859.

Upnor castle, according to Mr. Howlett’s report, was built in the 3rd year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign (1561). – See his report No. 351.

The attached plan, No. 2, shows the various purchases of land as far as they are known.

(1)   Crimson lake shows the land held in 1758.  (A note on I.G.F.’s plan z10/14 says this boundary is supposed to have been more extensive).
(2)   Burnt sienna shows the field with storehouse at N.E. corner (afterwards used as a magazine about 1796), which was purchased by deed dated 6-6-1763, areas 2a, 1b, 25r.  Not liable to rates and taxes.
An Act 22 George III., Cap. 80, empowered Commissioners to purchase 270 acres but none were bought until 1804.
(3)   Yellow shows 3 plots, (a) area 2a. 2r. 31p. bought by deed dated 16 and 17-6-1806, (b) a gravel pit (by scale area 6a. 2r. 10p.) used for ballast for ships, bought by deed 24 and 25 July, 1806.  (Return for 1806 gives area (4 + 1) * 2a. 3r. 30p.), and (c) plot to N.E. of those and adjoining the “Boatswain and Call” (see deed dated 28 and 29 September, 1821), area exclusive of foreshore 6a. 6r. 12p. cost £184.  All these are free from rates and taxes.
(4)   Green shows the area (90a. 6r. 13p.) purchased under Act 44, George III, Cap. 79, see Decree No. 4 in Record Office, dated 25-6-1806.  Owners, Dean and Chapter of Rochester.  The whole are liable to payment of tithes, rates ad taxes.
About 1806, road adjoining red plot was apparently closed and thrown into B. of O. land (shown white on plan), area about ½ acre.
(5)   Indigo shows the property purchased by deed dated 26-10-1861, area *a. 3r. 31p., from Mr. Winch for £880.
In 1796, to secure powder magazines from danger, it was proposed to purchase the road to north of it, see plan A10 and letters of April, 1796, but this apparently was not carried out.
The path along East of the building was, however, closed.  (See letter dated 5-5-1796).
On the formation of the Naval Ordnance Department the area edged blue, containing 14a. 2r. 21p., was handed over to Admiralty (1st October, 1891).
Further transfer will be completed by an Order in Council now preparing, see W.O. letter Chatham, 12/286*, dated 21-11-1902, see file C.R. 1097, Part II., also plan A120.

Rights of Way.

The only public Rights of Way over this land are (1) path from A to B, C and D; (2) E F G, and (3) H to J (see plan A102).

Chatham. – The Gun Wharf and Lines.

(See Plans 3 and 4 of this report.)
Gillingham Fort, A1, was constructed prior to 1688 (see Mr. Howlett’s report 376).  A plan of it in that year being extent at I.G.F.’s Office, see also a MS. Book in the King’s Library, British Museum, dated 1698.

A tower was built (similar to those along south side of Chatham) in 1810, but the importance of this fort declined, and in 1844 a coast guard station was established which appears to have continued until the whole site was included in the Dockyard extension, in 1869, and the fort levelled.

The Gun Wharf, A, prior to 1709, consisted of about 4 ½ acres, but no records in this office show when the Board of Ordnance actually took over charge, but probably about this time, and very likely previous to this date the Navy Board and control.  The wharf was extended, C, by reclaiming about ½ acre sometime prior to 1780, and in 1796 plans were prepared (Nos. A22, A23, and A24) for a still further extension, but the reclamation and new wharf, P, were not carried out till 1810-1815 (see Letters, dated 19-2-1810, 26-2-1810, 12-6-1814).  The plans referred to above show line of old town sewer, and also proposal to enclose Globe Lane and the Shrubbery for extension of Gun Wharf, the idea being to form a road from Medway Street to opposite the present Town Hall, but this for some reason fell through, probably because the present direction of Military Road (formed in 1804) gave more direct access to the Maidstone Road and Fort Pitt.

Some 3 ½ acres (blue on plan 4) were given up, at North end of Gun Wharf, in 1891 (on the formation of the Naval Ordnance Department) to the Admiralty.

In connection with this transfer it is well to note the Admiralty have placed a boundary stone in wall of Church Road, some 200 feet too far south (see Broad arrow on plan 4). 

Land acquired, B, under Act 8, Anne, Cap. 26, 1710 and Act I., 1714 (see Mr. Howlett’s report, 351, at War Office).  He gives acreage acquired as 210a. 0r. 17p., but this does not include the area of ground on which the buildings forming the town of Chatham all round St. Mary’s church were built (about 6 acres, see plan A5), nor does it include the area of the Mill Pond, since reclaimed for the Gun Wharf extension, nor road to Prince’s Ferry from Spray Lane.  Purchase price £16,734 16s. 4d., and compensation awarded by decree of Commissioners, dated 13-4-1714 – £1,169 5s.

A portion of these lands (about 5 ½ acres) was apparently included in the Dockyard (B neutral tint, plan 4).  The Crown being in possession of all lands round St. Mary’s church made fee grants of land for burial purposes to the parishioners (B2 neutral tint, in 1761; B3 pink, in 1786), authority B. of O. letter, dated 14-12-1785 (B8 green, in 1827), see B. of O. letter, dated 9-11-1827, in all about 4 ½ acres.  See letters dated 28-11-1785, 14-2-1785 and 22-2-1786, Vol. 2; 10-1-1786 and 5-3-1786, Vol. 1; 12-9-1791, Vol. 12; 13-9-1791, Vol. 2; Estimate 30-4-92, Vol. 12.

A plan, No. A39, in C.R.E’s office, shows the ground handed over to the Admiralty for dockyard extensions.  B4, yellow, in 1810 (area, 0A. 2R. 27P.), B. of O. letter dated 10-4-1810; B5 green (area, 5A 2R. 25P.), letter dated 30-8-1811; B6, blue (area, 1A. 0R. 12P.), letters 18-4-1818 and 1714 (see B. of O. letter, dated 21-9-1821, and plan No A42).  Certain conditions as to access to the ferry were insisted on, but the actual transfer does not seem to have been carried out till 1834 (see letters dated 25-8-1834 and 14-10-1834), when the area transferred was recorded as 5.65 + 5.85 acres, shown pink on plan 4 (see record in office of Superintending Civil Engineer at the Dockyard).  At this date also the plot of ground, known as Tom-all-Alones, or Prince’s Street (Q, shown yellow on plan 3), which had previously been purchased by the Admiralty, about 1821, was included in B. of O. boundary.

B9, red, and B10, neutral tint, formed portion of land transferred to Admiralty under Dockyard Extension Act (? 1867).  The latter portion was formed into the road to the Pembroke Gate, and the small plot, R, yellow on plan 3, transferred from Navy Lands to War department.  At a later date the road, as far as I can gather, was transferred to the Gillingham Urban Council for maintenance Northward as far as its junction with War Department road South of Naval Barracks.

B11 and B12, both crimson, form portions of roads handed over to the local authorities for upkeep 25-3-1875.

B13, two plots green, were exchanged for portions of old highway, S, yellow, which was re-aligned in 1876, see Deed, dated 19-10-1876. This was in consequence of the removal of the Old Brompton Barrier.

B14, green.  A site for Marine Schools was handed over to the Admiralty in 1878 (free grant).

B15, yellow.  A corner plot at S.E. of Military Road was sold to town of Chatham for £250 (rate equal to about £750 per acre) for offices, see Deed, dated 3-10-1879.  These were demolished about 1902 when fire station was transferred to new quarters in New Road Bridge.

B16, blue.  Two plots from Gun Wharf and the Shrubbery thrown into the road, see Deed, dated 10-7-1895.  The Corporation to maintain the new bridge over the Ditch at Lower Barrier.

B17, red, Town Hall site, sold to Corporation of Chatham, Deed, dated 1-9-1896, for £1200 (equal to a rate of about £750 per acre).

B18, Part of land transferred to Admiralty in 1896 for Naval Barracks.

A printed Terrier, dated 1879, filed in Guard bool L18 (pages 79 and 139) shows the Convict Prison (near Dockyard) as “land relinquished”.  This, however, was only a letting (see plan A43).  The site was finally transferred to the Admiralty in 1869.

St. Mary’s National Schools site was first granted in 1859, on lease for 999 years, as 1s. per acre, to be resumed when required (Letting, No. 58).  An extension was granted (Letting, No. 133), at 10s. per acre in 1874.

Drinking Fountain site (shown by yellow dot, plan 4) was granted on loan to Minister and Church Wardens, St. Mary’s, in 1859, for so long as they maintained a fountain free.  To be resumed when required.  This is still existing (1903) across the road North of Town Hall (area plot, 0A. 0R. 9P.)

The Admiralty reservoirs with pipe connections from ditch across Inner Lines were permitted as follows, viz:- South of Prince’s Bastion (W.O. Chatham 8/3840, dated 15-4-1889); N.E. of Prince’s Bastion (W.O. Chatham 8/145, dated 20-6-1898). The ground of course in not alienated.

Naval Recreation Ground was granted by W.O. letter, Chatham 8/456, dated 7-7-1900.  Correspondence took place in 1903, regarding erection of bandstand and pavilions, but W.O. decided only permanent structures should be treated as encroachments on this land.  Soil not alienated.

Sailors’ Home Site granted by W.O. letter, Chatham 8/675, dated 31-12-01.  Conditions regarding space on S.W. adjoining schools, which was not to be built over, were disregarded by Admiralty who built a steward’s house there.  This was reported to W.O. (? 1902), but the building was almost completed and W.O. decided not to order its removal.

Plot C has already been dealt with under heading “Gunwharf”.

Site of Chatham Barracks, D (Shown yellow on plan 3) was part of the Navy Crown Lands prior to 1757, in which year it was transferred from the Navy to Board of Ordnance (Navy Boards Order, dated 27-10-1757.)  The acreage was 10A 2R. OP. + 1A. 2R. 36P. = 12A. 0R. 36P. (See plan A8).

Permission was granted in ?, to build the Buckley Hall on W.D. land, but the building was acquired for £500 (see deed, dated 1-7-1875).

Plot E (blue on plan 3) was acquired under Act 31, George II., Cap. 39, of 1758 (see plan A21).
Its area was as follows:-
Northern plot, 2A. 2R. 20P.
Southern plot, 6A. 3R. 13P.

Both were the property of Anna Searle, but mortgaged to Mark Fielder, to whom payment was made of £450, whilst John Jenkinson was paid £35 for tithe redemption (see extract, Decree of Commissioners, dated 1-11-1758 (in Vol. 1, Judgements and Decrees,, at I.G.F.’s Office).

The following portions of Plot E have been relinquished, viz:-

E1 (green on plan 4) about ½ acre granted as a site for Trinity Church.  No burials to be allowed (see B. of O. Letter, dated 3-5-1847).

E2 (yellow on plan 4) Church Schools.  See B. of O. letter, dated 4-9-1848, and also a Deed dated 9-2-1889, whereby 33 perches were transferred from E1 to E2, shown half yellow, half green, plan 4.

E3 Parsonage (crimson on plan 4), about ½ acre (see B. of O. Letter, dated 8-5-1851).

A further extension for schools to the west, was refused by Board of Ordnance, but a letting (No. 188) was granted in 1857, and Canon Cooke at some time built, without permission, a permanent structure of brick, which is still standing.  In 1903, the new incumbent, Rev. Wood, was called upon to pay an increased rental (£10 per annum).  Canon Cooke had only permission to erect a temporary building, and on expiration of lease the Board of Ordnance had a right to have the building levelled at his expense.

E4, part of Garden Street (crimson plan 4), handed over to the local authorities 25-3-1875.

Plan A20 shows details of a claim made for access over B. of O. land to a house behind Garden Street, but the date of the plan cannot be traced (probably 1793-1810).  There is also an encroachment, No. 113.

The Volunteer Artillery Drill Hall in Garden Street is an encroachment No. 340, granted in 1860 at 1/- per annum.  To be resumed when required.

Plot F, shown blue on plan 3, could not for long be traced as it is not shown as W.D. property on Colonel Dellieg’s Survey, dated 1783 (A19).  It is clear however that it was bought with plot E in 1758 (see Vol. 1, Judgements and Decrees at I.G.F’s Office).  The plot consisted of two portions, of which one was owned by George smith, area £A. 0R. 10P., bought for £135, and the other by Edward Hasted, area 1A. 0R. 30P., bought for £15.  Compensation for lease and tithes were also paid on both plots to Walter Frank £17 10S.
On the S.W. corner of this plot a space 100” X 50” was granted as a site for a Ragged school, free, but to be resumed when required, see letter dated 10-8-1857, Chatham 9/24. At a later date a flight of steps giving access from King Street was granted as an encroachment.

Plot G (burnt sienna on plan 3) was purchased under Act 22, George III., Cap 80, of 1782, which Act included other lands as well, partly acquired under Act 1804, see letters dated 31-5-1782, 8-6-1782, 10-6-1782, and plans A15, 16, 17.  The area acquired was 72A 3R. 22P., but return dated 20-6-85 gave 74A. 2R. 16P.

G1 (yellow on plan 4) straightening Gillingham Road was carried out about 1807, see plan A25 and also under N.

Two plots G2 (red) and G3 (blue) formed portions of the area handed over to admiralty for Dockyard extension in 1869, and for Naval Barracks. 1896.

Plot H (shown green on plan 3) comprises all the lands acquired under Act 44, George III., Cap. 79 of 1804, and consists of 3 plots, viz:-
(1)   Upberry Farm (Mrs Fulligar’s), 76A. 2R. 20P., see letter dated 25-8-04, with 11A. 2R. 0P., of the Bay Field, South of Dark Lane, total 88A. 0R. 20P.
(2)   The fields to North emitted in 1782, together with portions of Walnut Tree Farm, see pans A17 and A34, total area 3A. 0R. 33P. + 10A. 2R. 0P + 5A. 1R. 4P. = 18A. 3R. 37P. + marshes 6A. 2R. 4P. + 2A. 0R. 34P. + 1A. 2R. 4P. = 10A. 1R. 2P., whilst the Act only authorized compulsory acquisition of 5A. 0R. 14P. of the Western marsh, but the nuisance off a right of way to get to it evidently caused so much trouble that the whole, viz:- 15A. 2R. 34P. was acquired, see letters dated 14-12-1812 and 2-8-1819.


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