St Mary's Island is a wealth of stories -- of people, heritage, new life and hope.
Welcome to our web site that is growing as our Group grows.
We have already had some very successful meetings and set up some contact groups.
We have identified research that we want to do on this Island as well as present its many layers of history.
Take time to read our latest Newsletter and we will then look forward to meeting you soon.
Our Twenty Years and more booklets
There is a further booklet in the St Mary’s Island History Group series where we have drawn together history on the Dutch Raid on the River Medway of 1667. This is a compilation of information with some illustrations describing some of the history leading up to the raid and various accounts.
We also have our booklet on the Medway Hulks -- the de-masted hulks of warships fitted out to take hundreds of convicts and prisoners of war. They floated in the River Medway and off Sheerness with each having a crew of guardians and the convicts coming ashore to work.
We already have sold over a hundred copies of the booklet produced alongside the 20 Years of St Mary’s Island Exhibition. Not forgetting text and illustrations from our St Mary's Island 1914 - 2014 exhibition as booklets.
To get your booklet copies, priced £1, telephone Brian Portway on 01634 891708 or send us a contact message through our web site. Or see us at the meeting. We meet at St Mary's Island Community Centre, Island Way West, Chatham ME4 3EP on the second Monday each two months. See you there.
A copper on the Island 1960's
We look forward to some stories of St Mary’s Island when we gather for our meeting this coming Monday, 17 September.
Peter Haddock will be coming to us and he has a wealth of Chatham Dockyard stories. Especially as he was a dockyard police officer – and dog handler – during the 1960s.
We can predict a somewhat surprising set of Island stories from those days when the Dockyard would have been at the height of its activity.
Plus we have an interesting new tale to tell of a local ship.
All at St Mary's Island Community Centre off Island Way West, St Mary's Island. 7.30pm Visitors welcome £2 .
Parking is off the roundabout by the school.
Although our annual subscriptions is the same, we are now asking all for £1 per person for refreshments to help balance the books as such.
We are still looking into the mystery of the burnt ship found as the massive Chatham Dockyard Extension project was underway in the late 19th Century. Some 15 metres down in the mud was found the partial hull of a burnt out ship as what is now the commercial basin was being built. It seems to come from the Dutch Raid of 1657 when two ships were burned at the mouth of St Mary's Creek.
Watchj this space.