In 1979 I moved into the Medway Towns. It was not such a great wrench as, having lived on the Hoo Peninsula, I was already familiar with Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham. Furthermore, I had already taken an interest in the naval dockyard at Chatham, this resulting in my second book, The Chatham Dockyard Story (1982). Not unnaturally, I also took an interest in the life and activities of dockyard workers when outside their place of employment. This, indeed, was the theme of a further book, Chatham Past (1999). In between these two publications, and providing an historical overview of the area, I also wrote The Book of Medway: Rochester, Chatham and Strood. Also to be mentioned is John Gale Jones' A Political Tour through Rochester, Chatham etc. This is a re-print of a book first published in 1797 and for which I wrote an historical introduction.
My Medway Towns books:
A Century of Chatham (2002)
Old Chatham (3 large format photo books, 1985, 1986 and 1987)
Old Gillingham (1987)
Wish You Were Here... Rochester (1997)
Chatham and Gillingham in Old Photographs (1989)
The Book of Medway: Rochester, Chatham and Strood(1989)