Sunday, 9 February 2014

Historic Dockyards, Chatham, Kent - Part 3

 Wrapping up this particular posting

Here we are having a look around the lifeboat museum

the inside of an ancient craft 

To think there was a time when the only craft available was a rowing boat

and the time when the boat had to be pulled down the slipway by a horse

pretty old steam engines which were exciting for a little boy

We are now at the Commissioner,s house and even the criss crossing of the box hedges proves another adventure for a child 

The Commissioner of the dockyard lived here
now used for weddings and the like

and in the garden the old ice-house

This dockyard has been used for dozens and dozens of films and TV productions - currently being used for
'Call the Midwife' (Oliver does not quite fit the bicycle)

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been used for many cinema and television productions - ranging from Les Miserables (2012) and The Golden Compass (2007) to Call the Midwife and The Antiques Roadshow.


  • Les Miserables (2012)
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
  • Veer (2010)
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • Pierrepoint (2005)
  • The Golden Compass (2007)
  • Amazing Grace (2006)
  • Children of Men (2006)
  • Vanity Fair (2004)
  • The World is Not Enough (1999)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)


  • Call the Midwife (series 1-3 plus Christmas specials 2012 and 2013)
  • Mr Selfridge (series 1 and 2)
  • Downton Abbey
  • Crimson Petal and the White
  • Foyles War
  • Oliver Twist
  • Vanity Fair
  • Victoria & Albert
  • Tipping the Velvet
  • Our Mutual Friend
  • Mill on the Floss
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Foyles War
  • Canterbury Tales
  • No Bananas
  • Cats Eyes
  • Wish me Luck 
 General TV & Documentaries    
  • The Antiques Roadshow (2 episodes)
  • Countryfile
  • The One Show (2 episodes)
  • Football Focus
  • Pub Dig
  • Mud Men 
  • Countrywise
  • Coast (2 episodes)
  • Lost Routes of Britain
  • Time Team
  • How Britain Worked with Guy Martin
  • The British at Work with Kirsty Young
  • Ackroyds London
  • Dunkirk
  • Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo
  • Most Haunted
  • Art Attack

  • The Ropery is a special attraction here where one can see rope being made just as it was centuries ago and the length is mesmerising - the building needing to be just as long
That is something we did on our last visit


Gracie Saylor said...

So interesting! My husband was fascinated by trains, and got to engineer a little steam train when we lived in CA, much to his delight. It looks like you all had a great time even if it was a stretch for Oliver to be seen from the bike :)

CherryPie said...

I was fascinated with the ropery when I visited.

I also enjoyed the tour of the submarine. The person who took us round had served on a submarine of that class, so he had some pertinent stories.

Vee said...

Oh I remember seeing some information on rope creation on one of the BBC was fascinating. The photo of Alan and Oliver as midwives cracked me up! Does Oliver still enjoy his trains? My two have given theirs up to my dismay.

Knitting Mania said...

Hello Barb....popping in to say hello and catch up a bit on your blog. Wow, lots of wonderful photos. Looks like you guys are staying busy.
Well, Cindy got me hooked on "Downton Abbey" over Christmas. I watched 3 seasons in 3 days, yikes, late nights. I just LOVE this series, can't believe it took me so long to watch. Hope your well. We are enjoying our winter wonderland in Montana!!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Such a lot of filming at the dockyards, so I know I've seen bits of them many times without knowing it. I smiled at what you labeled an "ancient craft" as I was expecting to see a Roman galleon or Egyptian barque or some such vessel!

AM Zafaran said...

Wonderful being able to see these pics! What an awesome experience it must have been to be there actually!