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TASHE trip to Rochester and Chatham Dockyard
Wednesday May 11th

You can register your interest at the March and April lecture meetings, or email Ros Mansell (ros@hollban.co.uk) Tickets cost £38, to include all entry fees, guides and transport. For payment details, please see below.
We’ll be taking a coach to the Medway estuary to explore the Dickensian associations of Rochester, and then the stunning historic dockyard of Chatham.

Our first visit is to the Guildhall, a beautiful building from the 17th century in the centre of Rochester.  It is now a museum with many interesting artefacts explaining the history of the area.  However, it is also home to a brand new exhibition called The Making of Mr. Dickens, opened by the Duchess of Cornwall last year. Visitors can enjoy an exciting and immersive journey through Dickens’ life in Medway.

Rochester Guildhall  Restoration House        Rochester Guildhall         Restoration House, Rochester, thought to be
                                                the model for Miss Haversham's Satis House                 in Great Expectations 


The visit is self-guided and we will have time for coffee and the Guildhall visit before moving on at 12.30 to the Historic Chatham Dockyard for lunch and a guided afternoon tour.


Historic Warship  HM Submarine Ocelot

Historic Warship                             HM Submarine Ocelot

Chatham Dockyard was a Royal Navy Dockyard located on the River Medway and established in the mid-16th century. It is now an 80 acre site with over 40 listed monuments and buildings.
We will arrive at approximately 1pm and start with lunch at the café/restaurant. At 2pm we will go on our coach with a special guide to explain the features of this large site. 
After the tour you will have time to visit the new Ropery gallery and other buildings before we depart!


Those who attended the last lecture meeting will have heard that we would be visiting the cathedral. Unfortunately that won't be possible after all, as there is a graduation ceremony in progress. However it is close to the Guildhall so you can still admire its exterior and the gloriously carved West portal.

Rochester Cathedral

Payment details: Please pay on-line if possible, to this TASHE account:
30-97-25  02124599 using the reference 'Rochester' Please note that this is different from the subscriptions account.
Alternatively please pay by cheque.  We will be issuing e-tickets at the end of March to those paying on-line. Those paying by cheque at one of the lecture meetings will receive their tickets at the time of payment.
Please help us by avoiding cash payments other than in exceptional circumstances as they are administratively cumbersome and provide no means of tracking.


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