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Living And Working In Gillingham

Joanna Clare

Gillingham is a large town in Kent which is a county in South East England and borders Greater London on one side. Gillingham is approximately 36 miles from London and therefore takes advantage of the major motorways and regular rail services and of course all of the London airports are easily accessible.

Situated on the River Medway, which flows to the Thames Estuary,  Gillingham is considered a ‘Medway Town’ as are Chatham and Rochester.

The history of Gillingham dates back as far as the tenth century and has always enjoyed strong ties with the nearby Royal Navy Dockyard in Chatham which was once famed for shipbuilding and employed many people - it is estimated up to 10,000 at one time. In fact Lord Nelson's ship ‘Victory’ was crafted here and Charles Dickens's father worked as a clerk here. However, having closed in the mid 1980’s it has now been transformed into a maritime visitor centre namely the Chatham Historic Dockyard which is now a significant and popular attraction.

Gillingham and the broader area known as Medway has several strong and significant key sectors which include technology, manufacturing, engineering, research and retail.

Medway is committed to reaching its target of net zero carbon by 2050 and in the meantime there are many regeneration projects that are underway and the area is committed to guarantee that Medway prospers both socially and economically.

The Medway campus offers fantastic opportunities and state of the art amenities for students from all walks of life.

Being an important retail centre, Gillingham hosts two markets each week and Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre has over fifty stores which also includes many well known restaurants. Some of the attractions that are definitely worth visiting are the Royal Engineers Museum which is interestingly the only designated museum in Kent which is of national importance, Chatham Naval Memorial, Capstone Farm Country Park and Riverside Country Park.

Of course, you can not visit Gillingham without being compelled to explore the glorious coastlines nearby. In fact, within the whole of Kent, you will find no less than fifty beaches.

There is an array of architecture in Gillingham and this is reflected in the property market. Close enough to London, yet having its own identity, diverse Gillingham offers many different styles of property with Victorian being especially popular within central Gillingham but many newer and more modern styles are to be had. Gillingham is known for being a wise choice for investments. Latest data shows that an average property here will cost around £300,000. It is a good choice for commuters and can offer both a fast paced lifestyle or a more tranquil slower pace of life.

Are you looking for a Career in Gillingham? You are invited to attend our Gillingham Careers Fair held at Priestfield Stadium on Friday 9th September, between the times of 10:00am-2pm. Don't miss out and secure your ticket today!

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