7 June-Visit: Chatham Dockyard and Officers’ Houses, Kent


Wed 7 June (all day), £75 (incl lunch)

We will begin by visiting the historic dockyard, including the ropewalk. The ropewalk is still producing rope commercially and has an internal length of 1,135 ft. When it was constructed in 1790, it was the longest brick building in Europe. The Commissioner’s House will also be part of the itinerary, a Grade I building built in 1703 and extended in the 1790s. It is the oldest intact building in any naval dockyard, distinguished by a remarkably complete interior including a fine early Georgian staircase. Lunch in a private house in Officer’s Terrace is included, followed by a visit to other private houses in this row, begun in the 1720s and completed in 1731. The 12 magnificent Officers Terrace residences each have their own walled garden. As a unified palace front, the terrace is one of the most advanced terrace designs for its date outside London.