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Gillingham - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Gillingham.

The historic urban character of Gillingham is closely bound up with the town's landscape setting, historic fabric and industrial heritage. Much of the medieval town plan survives, though truncated to the south and west by the modern relief road. A number of historic villages have become incorporated into the greater suburban area of the town, each with their own distinctive character, though the historic fabric of some is better preserved than others.

The survival in the historic core of a number of historic buildings helps underscore the historic elements of Gillingham's urban character. The widespread use of local brick in the 19th and early 20th-century town is testament to the importance of the local brick industry and the period when Gillingham was a significant market and industrial centre.

The landscape setting of the town is fundamental to its character, in particular the river meadows which run through the town.

Here is a summary (pdf, 221kb) (opens in a new window) and the full report (February 2011) is below. We would welcome your comments. Please send any feedback to the Senior Archaeologist (Promotion and Liaison).

Part 1 and 2 Introduction and overview (pdf, 594kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 646kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.1 Historical analysis - Medieval (pdf, 424kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.2 Historical analysis - Post-medieval (pdf, 330kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.3 Historical analysis - Late nineteenth and early twentieth century (pdf, 379kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.4 Later twentieth century (pdf, 355kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character appraisal (pdf, 386kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 Historic Town Centre (pdf, 717kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 Newbury (pdf, 806kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 Le Neubourg Way, Station Road and Brickfields (pdf, 570kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 4 Ham (pdf, 691kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 5 Bay (pdf, 444kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 6 Peacemarsh (pdf, 854kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 7 Wyke (pdf, 845kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 297kb) (opens in a new window)

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