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davidt

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Re: The old coaching route through Rochester and Chatham
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2011, 17:43:23 »
I've got a reprint of Wright's Topography for Rochester, Chatham etc from 1838 which gives the names, times and where they went to and from if that's any help. Unfortunately it doesn't list the actual routes they took.

AlanBuckman

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Re: The old coaching route through Rochester and Chatham
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2011, 15:47:27 »
You will find that the 'A' road system follow the routes of the turnpikes. You can see early maps online - the first accurate map of Kent is the OS 1801 printing at 1 inch to the mile at www.mapco.net. Before that there are 18th century 'strip maps' such as Paterson's Roads (1786) a copy of which is in the Templeman Library, University of Kent at Canterbury. This is in the closed section and you need an appointment. Further information on early maps and the British Library collection can be found with links on www.eastkenthistory.org.uk and look for the article on 'Deal in Maps'. You can match the current roads as everything is depicted quite nicely.
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Re: The old coaching route through Rochester and Chatham
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 21:53:36 »
I have no proof of this, but was always lead to believe that the old London - Canterbury - Dover road, which became the A2, took the line of the old Roman Road, ie as per the A2, Chatham Hill, Chatham High Street, Chatham Intra, across the bottom of Star Lane (Hill) Rochester High Street, Rochester Bridge, Strood Hill. It is almost a straight line and the coaching Inns were on this line.

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toggs

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The old coaching route through Rochester and Chatham
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 19:57:44 »
Can anyone help with the route (and street names) of the old mail/passenger coaches through Rochester and into Chatham before the coming of the railway ?  My elderly Father (95 years ) thinks that they went up Star Lane (Hill) and into Old Street and then into Nags Head Lane behind the Hospital.  Any ideas please,

 

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