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Offline Dave Smith

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #66 on: November 03, 2014, 16:21:33 »
I was a sales engineer, for a htg./air con.manufacturer covering Kent/Sussex, in 1966/67/68. I remember calling on the hospital engineer in '66, whose office was adjacent to the central clock tower.(It was the job of one fitter, first thing Monday morning, to wind up the clock!). Entering the old part of the hospital from the West, walking along the rather gloomy, very lengthy corridor (painted forest green lower & cream above with ceilings at least 14 ft.) & passing through new doors to the " being refubished" -  what an amazing change! False ceilings at 8ft. with fluorescent tubes instead of swinging lamps, pale grey paint below with off white above - a different world! Boilers would have been coal/coke hand stoked ( probably 5 of them) Lancashires at that time & still had a good life in them; being converted (maybe replaced) to oil or gas in the early 70's. Flues from each feeding into a common flue in the centre of the water tower. Looking at the photos now, it seems each successive architect has wanted to put his stamp on it without regard to the original or what has gone before! Sad.  Dave Smith

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #65 on: October 17, 2014, 18:03:10 »
Sick berth staff quarters.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #64 on: October 01, 2014, 19:31:00 »
Senior Pharmacist and Commissioner Ward Master's residences.

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« Reply #63 on: September 25, 2014, 21:01:04 »
Either side of the main gate were buildings, these still stand.  Originally there were the homes of the Butler, Stores foreman, Fitter in Charge, Foreman of Labourers and Sergeant of Police.  On the other side was the Police Lodge.

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« Reply #62 on: September 21, 2014, 19:37:04 »
By one of the doors is this message, there was one the same at one of the tunnel entrances at HMS Pembroke.  I assume this was the last time the interior was painted by the Navy.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #61 on: September 21, 2014, 19:34:47 »
Some photos of the remaining original wards.

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« Reply #60 on: September 19, 2014, 12:01:53 »
According to Oldmaps.co.uk it was sometime between 1967-1975.

Weddings stopped at the church/chapel when the hospital was given to the NHS.


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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #59 on: September 19, 2014, 06:50:48 »
I am not sure but I would be interested to know If anyone else knows!

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #58 on: September 18, 2014, 09:42:43 »
When did the Church get demolished?

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #57 on: September 18, 2014, 07:35:29 »
Last couple of this area :)

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #56 on: September 17, 2014, 14:18:26 »
I found this photo of part of the front of the hospital. Not sure of the year...

http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/Other_images/RNH_Chatham.jpg

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #55 on: September 17, 2014, 12:28:50 »
Thanks Cliveh :)

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #54 on: September 17, 2014, 12:15:38 »
Merc - On my 1955 Admiralty plan of the area those buildings in the corner are marked as 'Works Department Shops & Offices', 'Men's Dining Room' & 'Stores'. Never seen any photos of them though!

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #53 on: September 16, 2014, 23:56:30 »
I would love to see some photos of the abandoned buildings that used to be in the Windmill Road, York Avenue, corner of the hospital. They were in an enclosure with a big wooden gate(s), and inside was a big garage type building with an inspection pit, several offices and other rooms and some old toilets. Possibly some other bits and pieces in there too. The area was run down and I used to think at the time it had a wartime type feel to it. My friends and I used to love playing and exploring in there, before it was demolished and the hospital was redevelooped.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #52 on: September 16, 2014, 21:03:11 »
I have lots more to add, just got to find the time to add them!  I have always meant to record what is left from the original hospital buildings and had the chance to spend an hour wandering around on Saturday :)

 

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