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Offline MartinR

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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2019, 11:37:41 PM »
Thank you for that.  Do you know if the paper mill (and associated narrow gauge railway) was Edward Lloyd's Sittingbourne and Kemsley complex?

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« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2019, 10:57:36 PM »

I thought I'd post this link for those who haven't seen it. The date says 1929 but it actually dates from the end of 1930.


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« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2019, 10:46:23 PM »
I stand slightly corrected.  The word "Norman" was missing.  "Very few Norman apses remain unaltered and Greenwood suggests that this may be the earliest remaining example in the country".  Greenwood, E.J. (1962), The Hospital of St Bartholomew Rochester, The Author, page 29.


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« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2019, 09:23:49 PM »
Just a couple of pics from my collection all dated to the early 1950's. The first being a general view of the hospital, the second being a glimpse at the children's ward and a third of the operation theatre. May bring back some memories?


MartinR is on dangerous ground when describing the medieval chapel as possibly having the earliest surviving example of an apsidal east end. Think about the early Anglo - Saxon churches of Kent, or any number of early Norman examples that abound also.

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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2019, 09:30:10 PM »
I merged the two threads about St. Barts Hospital in Rochester. All the posts about it in the Category 'Civic Buildings' are now in the thread contained in the Hospitals and Asylums Category.
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« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2019, 10:05:25 AM »
The East end is original.  Indeed it may be the earliest surviving example of an apsoidal east end.  The nave is C13, but may contain earlier work obscured by the alterations (for a similar example of burying see Rochester Cathedral).  The N aisle is 19C, as is the porch.  Stained glass is 19thC and 20thC.  There's a write up at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Bartholomew's_Hospital,_Rochester and the listing is at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1268238  The last I heard it was being used by Granite Gym, but their server can't be contacted so that may no longer be the case.
There's an interesting report of the 1982 excavation of the (possible) hall in Archaeologia Cantiana here: https://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/arch-cant/vol/98/report-excavation-grounds-st-bartholomews-chapel-chatham

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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2019, 12:18:39 AM »
Yes, I meant just the chapel, I was wondering exactly how much of the original medieval structure is remaining.

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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2019, 10:12:28 PM »
MartinR,


Do you know how much of it is actually original, as I believe there was quite a lot of restoration during Victorian times and sometimes they could get a bit carried away.

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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2019, 09:52:45 PM »
1078, but what's 22 years between friends!  The hospital was the oldest continuously functioning hospital, but the buildings are from the  1863 - 1894 rebuild.  The chapel is original though, dating to between 1115 and 1124.

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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2019, 01:18:28 PM »
    Sorry just noticed this has previously been reported on perhaps admin can remove it please  :(

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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2019, 01:02:55 PM »
    I noticed the other day a fence going up along the front of the hospital then heard from a friend it's going to be demolished, Has anybody here heard anything about this. Supposedly the oldest hospital in the country built around 1100 I believe.

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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2019, 10:10:35 AM »
Several members of my family including me got treated there over the years as of course many others did.  I got taken to emergency one day with severe stomach pains and they rushed me in and several of the staff pushed and pulled me in an attempt to straighten me out as I was doubled over with pain.
They were successful but I don't think they were pleased with the result as suddenly I had to relieve myself urgently so out came a bed pan as they wouldn't let me use the toilet, but they soon regretted that. :)
The results were indescribable.
Apparently my bowels had twisted somehow causing a blockage and their herculean efforts to straighten me out had eased the problem so it was all their fault.......
Sad to hear it's gone/going but that seems to be the way now as things become too old to function properly.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2019, 06:59:35 PM »
My Dad also died there, having been previously moved from Medway and left to die at Milton Hospital by the doctors, we managed to get him back to Medway. My abiding memory of him was, him smiling and giving us a "thumbs up" bye way of saying tanks I'm home.

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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2019, 06:20:22 AM »
It's the modern way they want people to travel way out of their comfort range to hospitals miles away and hard to get to especially for older people with no transport. This was a great local hospital soon to be flats I have no doubt