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Offline swiftone

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Re: Old Gillingham High Street
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010, 10:25:23 »
I was reading throgh the estate names thread on the site (http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5482.0) and saw this comment by Merv

And the name doesn't have to mean Rope makers either, "a long covered walk way" is sometimes called ropewalk I suppose because of likeness.
knight road recent history would have been Brick fields prior to development, before that!?
Just had a look on Old Maps website and the Ropewalk was a footpath through an Orchard by the looks of it.
The Brickworks was  "The Navy Row and Kiln. now Hillyfields park.
What suprised me was where the High Street was, I knew it was on the bottom road but it was no more than 100 yards long, the rest from knight avenue to the Docks was Navy Row.


I had neve considered that of the modern Gillingham High Street is technically New Brompton High Street, that the old part of Gillingham may also have had its own High Street.   I started looking on google maps trying to figure out where it ran, but I'm not sure I've worked it out...

Would it have been the road on this map marked as Church Path?   And if so, where did Navy Row run?
The old High St ran from the bottom of Church St along what is now Pier Road towards Brompton, it then joined Navy Row which joined Pier Rd, then Medway Road, then Prince Arthur Road.

The old Gillingham was a fishing village centred around Gillingham Green and the Strand. The church path you mentioned ran from St Marys Church through to Brompton. You can trace the route on Google Maps along Burnt Oak Terrace, Saunders St (formerly Church Path), and the footpath leading from Mill Road towards the RE museum joining Prince Arthur Road.

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Old Gillingham High Street
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 19:04:14 »
I was reading throgh the estate names thread on the site (http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5482.0) and saw this comment by Merv

And the name doesn't have to mean Rope makers either, "a long covered walk way" is sometimes called ropewalk I suppose because of likeness.
knight road recent history would have been Brick fields prior to development, before that!?
Just had a look on Old Maps website and the Ropewalk was a footpath through an Orchard by the looks of it.
The Brickworks was  "The Navy Row and Kiln. now Hilly
fields park.
What suprised me was where the High Street was, I knew it was on the bottom road but it was no more than 100 yards long, the rest from knight avenue to the Docks was Navy Row.

I had neve considered that of the modern Gillingham High Street is technically New Brompton High Street, that the old part of Gillingham may also have had its own High Street.   I started looking on google maps trying to figure out where it ran, but I'm not sure I've worked it out...

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=knight+avenue+gillingham+kent&sll=39.535774,-96.183529&sspn=54.41458,114.169922&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Knight+Ave,+Gillingham,+Kent+ME7,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.391025,0.558736&spn=0.005456,0.013937&t=h&z=17

Would it have been the road on this map marked as Church Path?   And if so, where did Navy Row run?
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