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Living And Working In Gillingham

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 seventy mile long River Medway which flows to the Thames Estuary, Gillingham is one of five towns in the area of Medway.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
September 25, 2023

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 seventy mile long River Medway which flows to the Thames Estuary,  Gillingham is one of five towns in the area of Medway.

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 once 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 landmark and popular attraction.

Gillingham and the broader area known as Medway has several strong and significant key sectors which include manufacturing and engineering, healthcare, education, technology, construction, hospitality and retail. The diverse economy benefits from its strategic location with accessible transport networks and a range of industries.

There are many regeneration projects that are underway and the area is committed to guarantee that Medway prospers both socially and economically.

The  popular University of Kent’s Medway Campus, close to the towns of Rochester and Chatham, offers fantastic opportunities and state of the art amenities for students from all walks of life.

Being an important retail centre, Gillingham hosts regular  markets 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 many glorious coastlines nearby. In fact, within the whole of Kent, you will find no less than fifty beaches. The surrounding countryside, including the North Downs and the Kent Downs, offers outdoor enthusiasts ample opportunity for recreational activities.

There is an array of architecture in Gillingham and this is reflected in the property market. Its close proximity to London makes it an excellent choice for commuters. Gillingham is known for being a wise choice for property investments.

Overall, Gillingham’s blend of urban convenience, cultural heritage and natural beauty make it an attractive and welcoming place in which to live and work.

Are you looking for a Career in Gillingham? You are invited to attend our Gillingham Careers Fair held at Priestfield Stadium on Wednesday 27th September, between the times of 10:00am-2pm. Don't miss out and secure your ticket today!

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