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 SHEPPEY TIT-BITS
 
THIS IS A COLLECTION OF ITEMS FROM THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS HELD AS HARD
 COPIES IN THE SHEERNESS LIBRARY.
 SEE THESE BOUND COPIES FOR THE FULL ACCOUNT OF EACH ITEM.
 EITHER "SHEERNESS TIMES" OR THE "SHEERNESS GUARDIAN".
 THESE ITEMS ARE THE PERSONAL CHOICE OF COLIN PENNEY OF"COPPERS" OAK LANE
 MINSTER SHEPPEY KENT ME12 3QW (1992)
 
 1862
FEB 22 FIRST STREET INDICATORS IN SHEERNESS (?)
MAR 8 MODEL OF TRINITY CHURCH IN WOOD TO BE PRESENTED TO DR.BRYANT.
MAR 29 ILLEGAL FISTICUFFS LASTING FOR 2HRS-25MINS BETWEEN GEORGE KING & PATSY READON
APR 12 GUN EXPERIMENTS AT SHOEBURYNESS NAVAL POLICE-INHABITANTS WELL PLEASED NOW.
MAY 3 WATER WORKS AND TOWER IN TRINITY ROAD COLLAPSE 3,000 TO REPAIR.
MAY 17 SIR JOHN RENNIE INSPECTS ABOVE.
JUN 21 REPORT ON ATTEMPT TO OVERTURN CHARLES DICKENS CARRIAGE AT CHATHAM.
JUL 26 STRIKE AT CHATHAM DOCKYARD AMONG HIRED MECHANIC
 WIDENING OF BRIDGES BETWEEN MILE AND BLUE TOWN
AUG 9 MURDER AT HALFWAY.
AUG 23 " " " .
AUG 23 ditto (W.JOHNSON & SON ACCUSED)
SEP 6 ditto WILLIAM & EDWARD JOHNSON COMMITTED
SEP 6 NEW R.A. BARRACKS AT SHEERNESS 11,000 BY NAYLER OF ROCHESTER.
SEP 27 NEW R.A. BARRACKS COMPLETED "EVERY ROOM HAS GAS".
OCT 4 STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS OF SHEPPEY 1/- EACH-20 VIEWS.
NOV 8 FIRE ON "THISTLE" GUNBOAT,MANHOLE COVER OF BOILER BLOWN OFF. 
NOV 8 SHOULD QUEENBOROUGH HAVE GAS LAID ON. 
1863
JAN 24 NAMES OF STREETS AND TOWNS IN SHEERNESS.
MAR 14 NUMBER OF CHILDREN AT EACH SABBATH SCHOOL IN SHEPPEY E.G. BETHEL
 700 CHILDREN WESLEYAN 280 CHILDREN.
MAR 28 PRIZEFIGHTS 100 MILES FROM LONDON 1,000 STAKE.
MAY 16 MR.FOX OF "LITTLEBROOKS" FARM LEYSDOWN DIGS UP BOX WITH 900 IN SOVEREIGNS (NOT VERY OLD!)
JUL 4 QUEENBOROUGH CRICKET CLUB SUMMONED FOR TRESPASSING ON QUEENBOROUGH COMMON. 
JUL 4 RE INVENTION OF COLOMBS PATENT FLASHING NIGHT SIGNALS 
JUL 11 STURGEON CAUGHT IN MEDWAY 7FT. LONG 1 1/2 CWT.PRESENTED TO THE PRINCE OF WALES.
AUG 29 CONTRACT TO SWEEP THE STREETS OF SHEERNESS 5 PER WK
OCT 3 NUMBER OF PUBS IN THE FAVERSHAM DISTRICT.
OCT 21 DESCRIPTION OF NOV 5th. IN 1838.
NOV 21 MOAT DUG AROUND SHEERNESS AND DOCKYARD SCRAPSGATE TO WESTMINSTER
DEC 12 BENJAMIN BARDOE WAS THE WATER CARRIER OF THIS TOWN.
OCT 17 LITERARY INSTITUTE TO ASK CHARLES DICKENS TO ATTEND.
NOV 14 QUEENBOROUGH COURT HALL MARKET PLACE AND GAOL PAINTED AND CLEANED. THE CLOCK IS SLOW!.
NOV 14 MR.HOGAN REMEMBERED WHEN SHEERNESS WAS NOT PAVED AT ALL AND A BOAT COULD PASS DOWN THE HIGH STREET.
 1864
JAN 16 NEW CANAL EASTERN SIDE OF MILE TOWN NOW MARKED OUT,130 MEN EMPLOYED IN DIGGING OUT MORE LATER.
JAN 16 QUEENBOROUGH BENEFIT SOCIETY ESTABLISHED 1750 MAY 3rd AND ENROLED UNDER AN ORIGINAL ACT OF 33 GEORGE 111rd IN 1795 JULY 14th .15 SURVIVING MEMBERS DINED TOTAL AGES 1055 YEARS-MEAN AGE WAS 70 YEARS-4 MONTHS
JAN 16 MR.RUMBLE ARRESTED FOR FITTING OUT SHIP FOR THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF N.AMERICA.
JAN 30 A LONG ACCOUNT OF THE COURT CASE FOR ABOVE (1 PAGE!)
FEB 27 A&H JACOBS OPEN TWO PAWN SHOPS.
MAR 12 SALARIES OF DOCKYARD MEN,NOS. OF MEN ETC..
MAR 12 A LARGE PARTY OF CONVICTS HAVE ARRIVED AT CHATHAM TO WORK ON EXTENSION TO DOCKYARD.
APR 23 WAYWARDEN FOR MINSTER-COURT CASE BY PEOPLE OF MINSTER TO FORCE THE ELECTION OF ONE.
MAY 7 PUBLIC WORKS WAGES FOR PAST WEEK 18-14s-0d HIGHWAYS 
WAGES = 2-1s-6d. 
MAY 7 DETAILS OF NEW WELL OPENED,TESTING RUNS ETC..
AUG 20 LIST OF ALL KENT CIRCUIT MINISTERS, WESLEYAN CHURCH.
AUG 27 1059, OR HALF THE TOWN NOW HAS WATER MAIN.
AUG 27 "GREAT EASTERN"ANCHORED OFF SHEERNESS.
AUG 27 TRAMLINES TAKEN UP A NUISANCE TO HORSES A COURT CASE POSSIBLE ?
SEP 3 THE HOURS THE WATER MAIN IS TURNED ON.
SEP 3 THE OPENING OF THE NEW CATHOLIC CHURCH,MARINE TOWN
SEP 17 "DITTO" 
OCT 8 DRAINAGE FITTED TO 722? HOUSES.
OCT 15 ANNIVERSARY OF EBENEZER CHAPEL.
OCT 29 GARRISON INFANT SCHOOL:DIGGING FOUNDATION FIVE FEET DEEP,A VERY LARGE COFFIN WAS FOUND CONTAINING THE SKELETON OF A VERY LARGE MAN ,A COLOSSAL SIZE,THE BONES AND TEETH WERE IN A FINE STATE OF PRESERVATION THIS WAS
 ORIGINALLY THE BURIAL GROUND FOR CONVICTS.
NOV 5 GAS SUPPLY FOR QUEENBOROUGH.
NOV 5 RE ABOVE BONES:IT WAS NOT A CONVICTS BURIAL GROUND BUT IN THE EARLY 1800's A RUSSIAN FLEET WAS HERE AND RUSSIAN SAILORS WERE BURIED HERE ALSO A MILITARY HOSPITAL.THERE WAS ALSO A MILITARY BURIAL GROUND BETWEEN 
MILE TOWN AND BLUE TOWN .THE OUTER MOAT CUT THROUGH IT A FEW YEARS AGO AND SEVERAL HUMAN REMAINS WERE DUG UP.
NOV 12 FATAL GUNPOWDER EXPLOSION AT FAVERSHAM WORKS.
NOV 19 LIST OF MAYORS IN KENT 1864 TO 1865.
NOV 19 LONG LIST OF OFFICERS SEAMEN AND MARINES KILLED OR WOUNDED DURING THE 5th AND 6th NOV 1864-A SIMONOSOK HMS.EURYALUS,LEOPARD,CONQUEROR,TARTAR,PERSEUS,BOUNCER.
DEC 3 R.C. CHURCH NEW ORGAN.
DEC 10 RAPPAHANNOCK COURT CASE (RE RUMBLE) 4 PARAS..
 ADVERTISER (SG & EK ADV)
 1865.
JAN 7 HMS. RACEHORSE LOST AT SEA OFF SHANGHAI .LONG LIST OF OFFICERS AND MEN KILLED AND SAVED.
JAN 21 WATER METERS TO BE FIXED IN FOR FIRMS. 
FEB 4 HMS.BOMBAY DEATH LIST AT MONTE VIDEO 1864 DEC 14th
 
 
 
 1865.
FEB 4 RAPPAHANNOCK CASE.
MAR 4 EXPLOSION AT FAVERSHAM POWDER WORKS.
MAR 11 APPRENTICES RATES OF PAY.
MAR 18 FIRE AT SHEERNESS RAILWAY STATION 150 DAMAGES.
MAR 25 GREAT EASTERN,CABLE TANKS FITTED FOR 800 MILE CABLE
APR 15 CHANGE OF WATER RATE FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF BUSINESS. 
APR 17 SUGGESTION THAT SHEERNESS HAS FIRE BRIGADE.
MAY 27 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
MAY 27 GREAT EASTERN-PRINCE OF WALES VISITS SHEERNESS (2 PARAS).
 SHEPPY (NO E) IS ALWAYS USED.
JUN 24 NEW POLICE STATION AT WELL MARSH TO BE BUILT.
JUN 24 FEARS FOR SHEERNESS DOCKYARD,TO BE ABANDONED,QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
JUL 8 ALL DOGS TO BE MUZZLED IN THE HOT WEATHER.
JUL 15 HMS.CORNWALLIS 60,STEAM SHIP 1809 TONS 200 HP TO BE SUNK AND USED AS A LANDING JETTY.THE DOCKYARD POLICE TO RESIDE IN MAIN AND UPPER DECKS.
AUG 5 TOM THUMB AND FAMILY TO VISIT SHEERNESS.
AUG 12 FAIR AT SHEERNESS,NAMES OF STALLS GIVEN.
AUG 12 NEW ORGAN AT DOCKYARD CHURCH.
AUG 26 GREAT EASTERN IN HARBOUR ON WAY TO VALENTIA.
AUG 26 LIST OF WESLEYAN METHODIST MINISTERS FOR KENT.
SEP 9 ADVERT FOR "PATENT MECHANICAL CHAIR FOR BRUSHING HAIR BY
 MACHINERY".
OCT 14 FIRE BRIGADE FOR QUEENBOROUGH AND SHEERNESS .
OCT 14 RE DOCKYARD CHURCH.
OCT 21 LATTER DAY SAINTS AT CO-OP HALL.
DEC 2 SUGGESTIONS FOR FIRE HYDRANTS.
DEC 16 COTTAGE HOSPITAL FOR SHEPPEY?.
DEC 25 LETTERS POSTED IN SHEERNESS A.M. WILL NOW BE DELIVERED IN FAVERSHAM IN THE AFTERNOON.
DEC 25 CHRISTMAS SHOPS NAMED IN STREETS.
 1866.
JAN 6 RE NEW FIRE BRIGADE SUGGESTED NUMBERS ETC..
JAN 13 "DITTO"
JAN 27 RE NEW RAILWAY STATION IN CENTRE OF TOWN.
JAN 27 AND FEB 3rd-SHEERNESS RAGGED SCHOOL ,BACK STREETS OF BLUE TOWN(A CHARITY)
JAN 27 MINSTER THANET,UNDERGROUND SAFE HOLES FROM DANES.
FEB 3 WOODEN MODEL OF HM DOCKYARD ,50 YEARS OLD PACKED UP AND SENT TO SOUTH KENSINGTON MUSEUM ,38 Ft SQUARE SHOWS DOCKYARDS 59 ACRES, 99,000 PILES DRIVEN INTO MARSHES.
MAR 31 NEW POLICE STATION OPENED.
MAR 31 WORKHOUSE UNION CHARGEABILITY ACT OF 1865.
MAR 31 LIST OF POST OFFICES AND BOXES IN SHEERNESS
APR 7 A MR.MILLER WAS ALLOWED TO COPY AN OLD PLAN OF THE OLD EAGLE
 TAVERN ,BLUETOWN, BURNED DOWN RECENTLY,IN THE BOARD OF HEALTH'S
 POSSESSION-ALLOWED.
APR14 MENTION OF OLD CATHOLIC CHAPEL YARD IN ROSE STREET.
APR 14 A "SHEERNESTER" ANYONE BORN IN SHEERNESS.
APR 21 PRICE OF FOOD IN 1813 AND 1829.
APR 21 JOHN RILEY AGED 9 YEARS,1 WEEK IN PRISON FOR THROWING STONES AT TRAINS.IF SEEN AGAIN HE WOULD BE WHIPPED AND SENT TO PRISON.
APR 21 LIST OF VICARS IN KENT AT A FUNERAL.
APR 21 GENEALOGY OF SIR EDWARD HALES OF CANTERBURY d1829.
MAY 5 NAMES OF SOME STREETS IN SHEERNESS
 1866.
MAY 5 WARDEN CHURCH MAY BE WASHED AWAY SOON,AND SHEPPEY MAY BE SUBMERGED IN 50 YEARS TIME.
MAY 12 SERVICE IN WARDEN CHURCH.
JUN 2 NOTHING COULD BE DONE TO STOP A SHIP WITH CHLOREA ENTERING THE HARBOUR/TOWN.
JUN 9 DITCHES IN SHEERNESS.
JUN 16 ODDFELLOWS TRIP TO CRYSTAL PALACE.
JUN 30 ALMA ROAD CHAPEL IMPROVEMENTS,200 EXTRA PEOPLE TO BE SEATED.
 1868.
APR 4 ROYAL HOTEL RUNNING GROUNDS ,HORSE RACE.
APR 11 STATIONS OF THE BRITISH ARMY.
APR 18 SHEERNESS DOCKYARD TO CLOSE.
APR 18 STOAT AT CHEYNEY ROCK FARM KILLING DUCKS.
APR 18 STURGEON CAUGHT NEAR ROCHESTER ,SENT TO WINDSOR CASTLE 7 1/2 Ft LONG.
JUN 20 " CONVICTS GARDEN" NEAR THE MOAT.
JUL 4 SMALL FIRE ON THE PIER
JUL 11 SHEERNESS DOCKYARD TO CLOSE ? PLUS LIST OF DISCHARGES.
JUL 11 NEW R.C. SCHOOLS.
JUL 18 SHURLAND HOUSE (MRS PRATT)STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
AUG 8 QUEENBOROUGH FAIR FOR 2 DAYS.
AUG 8 WHITE SHARK CAUGHT IN DOCKYARD BASIN.
AUG 8 FIRE IN "ROOKERY,"CHAPEL STREET, MILE TOWN.
SEP 12 OLDEST "SHEERNESTER"DIED. CHARLES TOWNSEND AGED 99 HE REMEMBERED SHEERNESS WHEN IT CONSISTED OF ONLY GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS AND SOME UNIMPORTANT HOUSES IN BLUE TOWN .SHIPPING WAS A LITTLE MORE THAN A FEW GOVERNMENT 
HULKS MOORED IN THE HARBOUR FOR THE ACCOMMADATION OF DOCKYARD WORKMEN.
SEP 26 SHALL WOMEN HAVE THE VOTE.
SEP 26 "SHIP-ON-SHORE"CALLED THE " SHANTY" BY LOCALS.
OCT 10 GREAT EASTERN ARRIVES AT SHEERNESS.
OCT 24 RICHARD PURSER DIED AT CHELTENHAM ,THE OLDEST MAN IN ENGLAND AGED 112 YEARS .HE WORKED IN SHEERNESS DOCKYARD IN 1782 THE YEAR HMS. ROYAL GEORGE SUNK.
NOV 14 SHEERNESS PUBLIC ROOMS AND THE VICTORIA HALL OPENED IT HOLDS 1,500 PEOPLE AND COSTS 4,000.
DEC 19 WILLIAM DUNN AT SHEERNESS.
DEC 19 SCHOOLS WANTED FOR SHEERNESS.
 1869.
JAN 9 LIST OF TRADESPEOPLE ,PUBLIC OFFICERS,INSTITUTIONS CHURCHES.
JAN 9 GUNPOWDER DEATHS,EXPLOSION AT FAVERSHAM (SEE JAN 23) (FEB 20)
JAN 9 NEW CATHOLIC SCHOOL AT MARINE TOWN NEW SCHOOLROOM FOR MINSTER.
 SHEERNESS WATERMAN'S LIST OF FARES TO/FROM SHIPS.
JAN 16 ANNIVERSARY OF RAGGED SCHOOLS. WORK ON GREAT EASTERN.
 LIST OF IRONCLAD SHIPS IN RN. AND TONNAGE.
JAN 23 COMPARABLE DEATH RATES OF SHEERNESS AND OTHER MAIN TOWNS IN ENGLAND.
JAN 30 MUSEUM WANTED FOR SHEERNESS.
FEB 13 GARRISON POINT FORT ,THE SIZE OF.
MAR 13 GOSSIP ABOUT OLD SHEERNESS. NO.1 NOTHING MUCH BEFORE 1782. FIRST WELL DUG ,NO ROADS, NO SHEERNESS.
MAR 20 GOSSIP NO.2.SHEERNESS IN 1667,1840.MARKET IN DOCKYARD -WHERE THE CAMBER IS.-ALLEYS-HRS 5AM TO 10PM -SUNDAYS-WORK,A,DAY-LIVING ON FISH AND BIRDS.
 1869.
MAR 27 1st.DIV. DEPOT BRIGADE RA.TO MOVE TO DEPTFORD FROM SHEPPEY THIS
 WEEK. ANNUAL FAIR AT MINSTER ,RICHARD WEBB(A CHARITY) "WILLED"
 THE CHILDREN IN THE WORKHOUSE 6d PER YEAR.
MAR 27 MUTINY AT THE NORE 10th MAY 1797 FULL DETAILS OF SHIPS.
APRIL 3rd,10th,17th, "MUTINY" CONTINUED, DAY BY DAY ACCOUNT BY CAPT.
 CUNNINGHAM.
APR 10 A VISIT TO SHEERNESS V.GOOD DESCRIPTION OF WALK FROM BLUE TOWN
 THRO'MILE TOWN BANKS TOWN ,MARINE TOWN. NEW BAPTIST CHURCH .
APR 17 BEARDS TO BE ALLOWED SOON IN THE RN.AND POLICE. GOVERNMENT &
 DOCKYARD BOSSES IN 1797.
JUN 19 DEPARTURE OF GREAT EASTERN FROM SHEERNESS. RAILWAY FARES TO/FROM
 SHEERNESS.
SEP 18 DOCKYARD TO CLOSE? SEE SPATE OF LETTERS IN "TIMES"
SEP 25 THREE POWDER MILLS BLOWN UP AT FAVERSHAM.
OCT 15 CORN WINDMILL AT MINSTER SHEPPEY TO BE LET. APPLY TO NEW C.BETHEL
 CHAPEL OPENED AT MINSTER. GREAT EASTERN TO LEAVE FOR ADEN,1,700
 MILES OF CABLE ON BOARD. LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS AT DOCKYARD
 SCHOOL.
NOV 6 HMS.THISTLE SUNK RAGGED SCHOOL COMMENCE NEW SEASON .ONLY FOR
 "RAGGED" CHILDREN.
NOV 13 GREAT EASTERN LEAVES SHEERNESS. BAPTIST CHURCH STRODE CRESCENT
 FOUNDATION STONE LAID.
NOV 20 NEW ORGAN FOR MINSTER CHURCH REQUIRED. SHEERNESS CEMETARY NOT
 CONSECRATED YET.
DEC 4th,11th,18th,LIST OF SUBSRIBERS TO "THISTLE"FUND.
DEC 18 COTTAGE HOSPITAL FOR SHEERNESS. BARGES "ROCHFORD" LOST AT SEA,
 5 DEAD,&"EXPEDITION" MAN & BOY SAVED.&"TRIAL" MAN & BOY SAVED.
 1870.
FEB 12 SHEERNESS RAGGED SCHOOL,ATTENDANCE ,PUPILS,TEACHERS.
FEB 26 GAS FOR MINSTER RESIDENTS & MARCH 19th.
MAR 6 KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE -CHAIR SEAT ON CONSTUTIONAL HILL
 THROWN DOWN CLIFF.
MAR 19 BARGE "WILLIAM BAKER"? SUNK IN COLLISION OFF GRAVESEND.
 BARGE "SIR EDWARD BANKS" FRANCIS MAY, AGED 21 MONTHS HENRY
 DUNMORE MAGED 34,THE MATE. SAMUEL NICHOLS AGED 22,SEAMEN. BOTH
 MEN HAVE LARGE FAMILIES.
APR 2 EMMIGRATION TO CANADA OF MEN DISCHARGED FROM DOCKYARD AND WAR
 OFFICE ESTABLISHMENTS .COST 2 EACH ADULT. A NUMBER OF MECHANICS
 DISCHARDED FROM CHATHAM DOCKYARD,TO GO TO PRUSSIA IN GOVERNMENTS
 DOCKYARDS THERE.ONE FOREMAN,W.DARLEY,ASKED TO GO (SEE APR 9th)
 MR.BARLING SUMMONED FOR NON PAYMENT OF 2-2s-6d TO ORGAN FITTER.
APR 16 MINSTER FAIR ,POOR ATTENDENCE.
APR 23 BUS SERVICE FOR EASTCHURCH.
MAY 7 88 MEN TRANSFERRED WOOLWICH,NOW SHUT. PRICE OBTAINED FOR PARTS
 OF DEPTFORD DOCKYARD, SOLD.
MAY 14 "TOWN"JOINER SUGGESTED ,TOOLS GIVEN BY K.A.V.BAND. DESCRIPTION
 OF NEW LITERARY BUILDINGS. SUMMARY OF TOWN CLOCK HISTORY.
MAY 28 696 PAUPERS ON BOOKS 3.8% OF POPULATION,(ESSEX 7%)
JUN 4 NO.OF EX-DOCKYARD MEN EMMIGRATING TO CANADA(JUN 11) LETTER FROM
 H.N.PENNEY HON SEC OF AMAL.SOCIETIES TO INVITE ALL CHILDREN TO
 FETE. SITE OF TOWN CLOCK.
JUN 18 KINGSBOROUGH COURT LEET HELD UNDER COURT TREE.
JUN 25 ONE ACRE OF LAND IN LINE WITH MINSTER CHURCH SLIPPED INTO THE
 SEA. 
JUL 9 GREAT EASTERN OFF SHEERNESS.
JUL 16 KENT ARCH. SOCIETY TO VISIT MINSTER CHURCH AND SHURLAND HALL.
JUL 23 FIRE AT QUEENBOROUGH TWO HOUSES BURNT DOWN.
 1870.
JUL 30 BARGE BUILT FOR CHARLES R PAYNE OF WARDEN COURT SHEPPEY BY
 TAYLOR OF CROWN QUAY NAMED "WARDEN COURT"
JUL 30 OPENING SERVICE OF ST.PAULS MISSION CHURCH OPPOSITE THE PIER.
AUG 6 SHEPPEY BLUETOWN SHOPS TO CLOSE EARLY,8PM.BUT NOT FRID AND SAT.. 
AUG 13 SHEPPEY FAIR. "SHEPPEYTONIANS" PLAYED CRICKET.
OCT 22,29 NEW CLOCK TOWER.
NOV 26, DEC 3, 1870 EDUCATION ACT"BRITISH SCHOOL"NOW CLOSED DOWN.
 1871.
JAN 21 SHEERNESS RAGGED SCHOOL REPORT FOR 1870 (ALSO FEB 4th)
FEB 4 DESCRIPTION OF LIFE AND THE COST OF LIVING IN CANADA SEE ALSO APR
 15th.
FEB 11 INQUIRY RE 5,000 LOAN REQUIRED BY COUNCIL FOR GAS OFFICES ETC
 TO THE HOME OFFICE (REFUSED,SEE MARCH 18th).
MAR 11 SANITARY STATE OF SHEPPEY,FEVER,BIRTHS,DEATHS.
MAR 18 OLD LEGENTS OF SHEPPEY-SHEPPEY INFESTED WITH MICE,A HOLY FRIAR
 INDUCES FLIGHT OF OWLS TO EAT THEM UP.
MAR 25 "WEBB'S CHARITY" 6d EACH FOR WORKHOUSE CHILDREN SEE ALSO APR
 15th. WATER SUPPLY IN SHEPPEY (BUCKETS USED TILL 6 YEARS AGO)
 WELL SUPPLIES, SEWERAGE, CESSPOOLS.
APR 1 TAPS(WATER),SUGGESTED -IF TAPS INDOORS INSTEAD OF OUTDOORS,PEOPLE
 WOULD NOT LEAVE THEM ON ALL DAY.
APR 8 MARINE PARADE TO BE PAVED. SHEPPEY POSTAL, 3 DELIVERIES PER DAY.
APR 15 WORKHOUSE SCHOOLMISTRESS REPORTED DRUNK, INSPECTOR TO CALL.
APR 22 TRADE EXHIBITION SUGGESTED FOR SHEPPEY.
APR 29 DEMONSTRATION BY DRUIDS, ODDFELLOWS ETC ETC..
MAY 13 Wm.VILE AGED 8 YEARS SUMMONS Wm.MAXTED ALSO AGED 8 FOR BEATING
 HIM.
MAY 20 REGISTER OF BIRTHS,DEATHS FOR PARISH OF MINSTER.
JUN 10 RE BUILDING OF CANAL BANK.
JUN 24 HALF DAY HOLIDAY MOVEMENT.
JUL 1 QUEEN'S CORONATION DAY. GAMES PLAYED ETC..
JUL 8 WHIRLWIND IN PARSONAGE FARM,TOP OF HAYSTACK LIFTED. ITEMISED
 ACCOUNT FOR TOWN CLOCK.
JUL 22 RABID DOG IN TRINITY CHURCH,SUNDAY SERVICE ON. RAY CAUGHT IN SEA
 WEIGHING OVER 50 Lbs.
JUL 29 REPORT ON CENSUS SHOWING 3,000 PEOPLE HAVE MOVED AWAY FROM
 SHEPPEY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. ST.PAULS CHURCH,BLUE TOWN, CONTRACT
 2,000 TO BUILD.
AUG 5 CHEMICAL CO.AT QUEENBOROUGH TO START/TO BE ENLARGED.
AUG 12 NEW RAILWAY STATION REQUIRED. QUEENBOROUGH FAIR-PETITION TO STOP
 BY LOCALS-NOISY!
SEP 9 SWIMMING BATHS FOR SHEPPEY.
AUG 16 CHOLEREA SHIP FOR STANDGATE CREEK.
AUG 23 VISIT OF 7Ft-11Ins GIANT AND TWO HEADED FEMALE.
SEP 30 ST.PAULS NEW CHURCH,MEMORIAL STONE LAID.
OCT 7 THE EARLDOM OF THANET TO BE REVIVED.
OCT 14 PROPOSED SWIMMING BATH 1,000 OPEN,2,500 COVERED.
OCT 28 SCHOOL BOARD FOR QUEENBOROUGH REQUIRED.(DEC.16th)
NOV 24 BIRTHS DEATHS,EACH QUARTER 1871 FOR SHEERNESS.
NOV 25 NEW IRON CHAPEL TO BE BUILT.JUNCTION BROADWAY AND MEYRICK
 ROAD.(SEE ALSO DEC.16th) BOARD OF HEALTH SUMMONED FOR FIDDLING
 BOOKS,VOTES.
DEC 22 SHOP TO CLOSE M.T.W.Th AT 7Pm-F.&.SAT AT 9 Pm.
DEC 23 MR.MAXTED OF NEATS COURT FARM PLANTS 15 ACRES OF HOPS AS AN
 EXPERIMENT.
 1872.
JAN 6 HEALTH OF SHEERNESS, DEATHS UNDER 5, 5 TO 15, 15 TO QUEENBOROUGH
 SMACKS CATCHING SPRATTS 20-30 PER WEEK,ONE VESSEL CAUGHT 1,000
 BUSHELS.WORK EXPERIENCE FOR WORKHOUSE CHILDREN (8 Hrs SLEEP 4 Hrs
 FOR BOOK WORK,6 Hrs FOR MEALS,AND PLAY,AND 6 Hrs FOR LABOUR).
 RUTLEY'S PARCEL EXPRESS COMPETING WITH GPO.
JAN 13 PRIMITIVE METHODIST IRON CHAPEL OPENED
JAN 20 OPENING OF THE VICTORIA CLUB.
FEB 10 WEBB'S CHARITY FOR GOWN VALUED AT 30 TO DESERVING WOMEN.
 EXPLOSION AT FAVERSHAM POWDER MILLS. NORTHERN LIGHTS GIVE
 GLORIOUS SUNSET. FIRE AT HORSE & GROOM SHEPPEY ST.BLUETOWN.
 GENERAL TOM THUMB TO VISIT SHEERNESS.
 1873.
JAN 4 FRANCIS LEONARD,AGED 86 DIED.ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING SURVIVORS
 OF TRAFALGAR.(AND CPT.HENRY PARKER AGED 86 APRIL 9th)
JAN 11 KENT'S FIRST LODGE, NO.130,OF FREE TEMPLARS OF ST. JOHN.AND POEM
 (SEE ALSO 18th.)
APR 12 MINSTER FAIR HELD.
JUL MARY BATCH AT CHATHAM DIED AGED 101.
 1874.
FEB 28 FORESTERS SUPPER, MENU AND GUESTS.
APR 4 BIRTHS ,DEATHS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER. NAVAL ESTIMATES FOR 1874-
 1875.
APR 11 CHARLES POLSON LORD OF THE MANOR AT MINSTER. FIRE AT "HEIGHTS OF
 ALMA "OWNED BY MR.PANKHURST
APR 25 JOSIAH HALL PRESENTS BRIEF TO MAIDSTONE MUSEUM FOR RESTORING THE
 STEEPLE AT QUEENBOROUGH CHURCH. SEA WALKS OF SHEPPEY,EXTRACTS
 FROM VERY OLD BOOKS AND MINUTES OF COURT LEET. 1251, 1402, DATES
 GIVEN.
MAY 2 CHANNEL TUNNEL APPROVED TO COST 80,000
MAY 16 REOPENING OF BETHEL CHAPEL BLUETOWN.
MAY 30 SWIMMING CLUB TO BE FORMED.
AUG 8 DEPARTURE OF THE GREAT EASTERN.
AUG 22 ANCIENT POTTERY FOUND,UNGLAZED,ROUGHLY FORMED AND BLACK,POSSIBLY
 PRE-HISTORIC. BUILDING OF THE SEA-WALL.
AUG 29 NEW PIER WAS OPENED SEPT. 8th 1835 THIS PLACE CALLED "SHEERNESS-
 ON-SEA" IN 1873.
AUG 29 POOR'S FARM (W.PALMER.) FIRE IN CORN STACK.
SEP 5 LIST OF PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS OF SHEPPEY. 6d.EACH. HISTORY OF
 SHEERNESS 1683 ON ,ROMAN REMAINS FOUND .
SEP 12 GREAT EASTERN RETURNED TO SHEERNESS. LONG LIST OF APPLICANTS FOR
 MASTER & MATRON FOR THE WORKHOUSE.
SEP 19 CLIFF FALLS AT WARDEN, CHURCH IN DANGER. FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF
 SHEERNESS-ON-SEA IMPROVEMENTS ASSOC.,TO IMPROVE SHEPPEY. NEW
 RAILWAY STATION.
OCT 3 H.M.D.RATCATCHERS TO BE PAID 1/- PER DOZEN CAUGHT LETTERS OF 1729
 RE SHEERNESS (1)RE KING GEORGE 11 (2)RE LIST OF WORKMEN IN
 DOCKYARD.= 204. LIST OF RESIDENTS.
OCT 17 DESCRIPTION OF "HARVEST HOME" OLD ENGLISH CUSTOM CELEBRATING
 HARVEST IN WALLS DECKED IN BARLEY,WHEAT AND OATS,TABLES GROANED
 UNDER ROAST BEEF.
OCT 31 2,500 BORROWED TO BUILD ESPLANADE.
 1874
NOV 28 LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS TO LEYSDOWN CHURCH FUND. QUEENBOROUGH HAS 2
 WELLS AND 800 INHABITANTS.
DEC 5 BERRIDGE ROAD WAS CALLED GREEN STREET. SHEERNESS TO BE ORDERED
 TO HAVE A SCHOOL BOARD.
NOV 21 HISTORY OF THE PIERS.
DEC 26 LIST OF SHEPPEY;BUTCHERS,GROCERS ETC, ETC.
 1875.
JAN 9 UNDERNEATH SHEPPEY,CLAY,SAND,DEPTHS,FOSSILS.
JAN 2 NAME AND ADDRESSES OF 23 GENTLEMEN FOR SHEPPEY MINSTER
 COMPULSORY SCHOOL BOARD.
JAN 30 MENTIONS THE OLDEST DRAWING OF QUEENBOROUGH CASTLE 1484.
FEB 27 VISITORS TO SHEPPEY IN 1874 SEASON WAS 115,OOO. 
MAR 6 NEW FOREST SHAKER COMMUNITY AT NEW FOREST HAS SHEPPEY WOMEN AND
 HER MONEY. NO.OF MEN IN DOCKYARD.
MAR 13 SCHOOL TO BE BUILT AT BLUETOWN. CO-OP STARTED IN 1816 THE OLDEST
 IN THE COUNTRY.
APR 3 WILLIAM BRISLEY SUMMONS HENRY PENNEY FOR DAMAGES TO GRASS COSTING
 1d.CASE DISMISSED,NO ONE APPEARING. RAGGED SCHOOL NOW CEASED TO
 EXIST (NEW SCHOOL BOARD)
APR 10 FARM LABS.STRIKE IN SHEPPEY.
APR 24 COST OF NEW SCHOOLS FOR SHEPPEY.
MAY 1 THE SAILS OF HMS.VICTORY (NELSON) ARE FOUND IN THE SAIL LOFT AT
 CHATHAM-TO BE PRESERVED. ROAD TO WESTMINSTER TO BE BUILT.
MAY 15 GEOLOGISTS SOCIETY TO VISIT SHEPPEY.
JUN 12 NEW WELL TO BE 100 YDS.TO THE REAR OF THE PRESENT WELL (NEAR THE
 "CROWN") 
JUN 12 GEOLOGIST SOCIETY OF GB. VISIT SHEPPEY.
JUN 12 QUEENBOROUGH CASTLE AND 26 HOUSES NEAR THE CASTLE BUILT AT THE
 SAME TIME.
JUN 19 TOWN HALL CAGE UNDERNEATH TO HOLD ELEPHANT ,OR EQUIVALENT?????
 SENT BY THE QUEEN.(QUEENBOROUGH)
JUN 26 PARENTS SUMMONED FOR NOT SENDING CHILDREN TO SCHOOL.
JUL 17 FIRST IRON SHIP BUILT AT SHEERNESS DOCKYARD. SHEERNESS NATIONAL
 SCHOOL PRIZE GIVING - LONG LIST. WORKHOUSE "NEW SCHOOL".
JUL 24 FROM SHEERNESS TO FLUSHING BY BOAT.
AUG 21 OPENING OF NEW OUTER DRAWBRIDGE ROAD.
SEP 4 NEW MILL HILL CUTTING SHOWS SECTION OF BAGSHOT SAND. THREE MAILS
 OUT OF SHEERNESS DAILY.
SEP 11 COST OF STREET PAVING PER SQUARE YARD J.TAILFORD AGED 16 SWIMS
 FROM SHEERNESS TO GRAIN IN 34 MINS.FIRST TIME DONE.(NEARLY TWO
 MILES.) NEW WELL.
SEP 25 WARDEN CHURCH NEARLY GONE.
OCT 2 WARDEN CHURCH -CLIFF SLIDE ONLY CAUSED WALL CRACKS, THEN
 PILFERED. OLD VOYAGE TO LONDON CENTURIES AGO SHEPPEY/SANDWICH.
NOV 20 SHEPPEY FLOODED.
DEC 4 PROMENADE TO BE BUILT AND DWARF WALL.PUBLIC OFFICE W.O. EQUIRY.
DEC 11 DESCRIPTION OF AN OLD FASHIONED WINTER.
DEC 25 LIST OF SOME SHOP KEEPERS IN SHEPPEY.
 1876.
FEB 19 START OF MEMORIAL FUND TO R.BRIGHTFORM-NEW COTTAGE HOSPITAL-SEE
 ALSO APR 8th.
MAR 11 PIGEON CLUB TO HAVE FLYING MATCH 2/- PER BIRD. NAVAL ESTIMATES
 FOR 1876.
 1876.
APR 1 DOCKYARD CHAPEL TO BE RENOVATED, FAIRLY COSTLY.
APR 29 ATTEMPTED MURDER ON ISAAC STUBBERFIELD BY JAMES ROSE.
MAY 20 BAPTIST CHAPEL SIZE, COST. MUSEUM FOR SHEPPEY. BLUETOWN;BULL LANE
 TRANSFORMED INTO SCHOOL LANE. SHORT ST. " " EAST
 LANE. MILE TOWN;NORTH ST.,UNION ST.,SOUTH ST.,MERGED INTO SOUTH
 ST. RAM ALLEY NOW CALLED HIGH ST. PASSAGE. CHAPEL ST. NOW CALLED
 RUSSEL ST. MARINE TOWN;GREEN ST. MERGED WITH BERRIDGE ROAD.
 CHARLES ST. CALLED RICHMOND ST. CHAPEL ST. CALLED CLYDE ST.
JUN 10 MORE FOSSILS FOUND -AND LOCATION.
JUL 8 14Th.ANNUAL BOAT RACE.ERITH TO THE NORE,AND PRIZES. THE OATH OF
 THE PIER COMMISSIONERS.
JUL 15 FOURTH ??ANNUAL BARGE RACE AUG 2nd.COMMODORE JAMES HULKES ESQ.
JUL 22 SHEERNESS NATIONAL SCHOOL PRIZE DAY.LIST OF AWARDS.
AUG 5 DESCRIPTION OF SHEERNESS AND DISTRICT.GOOD ON MINSTER ABBEY,SEE
 AUG 19th,SEPT 9th,LETTER AUG 26th.
AUG 19 DEATH RATE /1,000 SHEERNESS(14/1,000) & OTHERS.
AUG 26 TENDERS REQUIRED FOR NEW SCHOOL AT WORKHOUSE. MINSTER SCHOOL,
 FOUNDATION STONE LAID.
SEP 2 HIGHEST POINT ON SHEPPEY BLUE COTTAGES NEAR EASTCHURCH -250 Ft.
 GAINSBOROUGH PAINTING RECENTLY STOLEN FROM ABBEY. ST.EDWARD
 WALLER'S TOMB NOT SPANISH TOMB. 13th.KAV.PRIZE COMMITTEE,LIST OF
 GIVERS.
SEP 9 MR.HOGBEN RODE 21 MILES, TOP OF UNION ST. CHATHAM TO HALF WAY
 HOUSES IN 1HR. 20MINS.48" WHEEL MACHINE
SEP 9 RE HOGATH'S VISIT TO SHEPPEY.
NOV 18 NEW RAILWAY STATION, COMPANY FORMED.
NOV 25 LONG LIST OF SHEPPEY PEOPLE WHO GAVE TO CHARITY.
NOV 30 DESCRIPTION OF QUEENBOROUGH CASTLE FROM OLD PAINTING
 4 1\2FT.BY 2 1\2 FT.IN BRITISH MUSEUM.
DEC 9 1792 LETTER SWEARING ALLEGIANCE.APPROX.30 ISLAND NAMES.
 COPY OF AGREEMENT TO SELL QUEENBOROUGH CASTLE.
 LETTER OF 1596 RE DEFENCE OF SHEPPEY.
DEC 16 1790 ELECTION OF 2 MP'S.FOR QUEENBOROUGH,ELECTION LASTED FOR 9
 DAYS.
DEC 23 NAMES OF SERVANTS ETC. AT SHURLAND HALL IN THE TIME OF ROBERT DE
 SHURLAND.CHRISTMAS OF LONG AGO.
 1877.
 
JAN 6 THIS PAPER, AVERAGE SALES-1,140 EACH WEEK,CERTIFIED. BIRTHS
 DEATHS ETC FOR MINSTER 1876.
JAN 20 "ROYAL ESCAPE"BEING BROKEN UP IN SHEERNESS DOCKYARD, USED AS A
 LANDING STAGE FOR THE GREAT EASTERN.PRINCE CHARLES ESCAPED IN
 THIS BOAT FROM ENGLAND (AFTER CHARLES 11. FROG FISH CAUGHT 5FT.
 LONG BY 3 1\2 FT. WIDE.
FEB 24 THE FORESHORE FROM 1812.
MAY 26 TENDERS FOR NEW SCHOOL AT SHEPPEY UNION.
JUN 2 BORING OF NEW WELL NOW REACHES 502 FT. 5th.ANNUAL BARGE RACE,
 RESULTS.
JUN 23 CHIMNEY POT OF QUEENBOROUGH CASTLE FOUND IN THE CREEK AND THERE
 MAY BE OTHER ITEMS THERE ,IT HAS BEEN USED SINCE THE DANES TIME.
JUL 7 ST. CATHERINES HOSPITAL,NEAR THE TOWER OF LONDON, OWNS LOTS OF
 SHEPPEY. 1877 BIRTHS DEATHS ON SHEPPEY.
JUL 14 FIRE AT BLUETOWN MANY BUILDINGS LOST,OR FLOODED/. SHEPPEY TRADE
 REGISTER,PLACES OF WORSHIP ETC..
JUL 28 CHEYNEY ROCK OYSTER FISHERY TO BE RE-OPENED.SEE ALSO AUG 11,18
 SEPT 8. JOHN ALEXANDER BLOW & SON AGED 15 ARE IN THE WORKHOUSE.
 HIS FATHER WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE "TEMERAIRE".
 1877.
AUG 25 LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS AT NATIONAL SCHOOL. NEW WELL NOW 650 FT.-TO
 GO TO 800 FT.
OCT 6 BIRTHS DEATHS FOR MINSTER 1877. ELECTION OF MAYOR AND OFFICERS
 FOR QUEENBOROUGH, AND NAMES. LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS SERVICE DEPT.
 OF SHEERNESS.
NOV 19 SUBSCRIBERS TO REGATTA, AND HOSPITAL,VERY LONG LIST.
NOV 24 BOARD OF HEALTH/GOVERNMENT SUGGESTS THE MAGISTRATE LIVES ON
 SHEPPEY BUT NO HOUSE IS LARGE ENOUGH. MAGISTRATE RESIGNS RE
 ABOVE.
DEC 8 MINSTER ABBEY IN VERY BAD STATE,NO VICAR,(1,800 IN TITHES,OR
 18,000 ????.
DEC 15 SOUP KITCHEN,LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS.
DEC 22 A STAG SWIMS THE SWALE AND LANDS IN ELMEY.IT BLONGS TO MR. LENEY
 OF WATERINBURY. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION LIST OF CANDIDATES AND
 ADDRESSES ETC. RESULT IN DEC 29th.
 PRIZES WON AT NATIONAL SCHOOL LIST OF NAMES.
 SOUP KITCHEN-LONG LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS.
 1878.
JAN 12 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS.NO.OF VOTES PER PERSON. LONG LIST OF
 SUBSCRIBERS TO KENT HOSPITAL. WELL NOW 800 FT. DEEP.
JAN 26 ORDER RE MAD DOGS IN SHEPPEY.
FEB 2 SHORT PIECE ON SHEPPEY 1803, 27-33 HIGH STREET WAS RESIDENCE OF
 NAVAL OFFICERS.ALBION PLACE WAS NAVAL HOSPITAL FOR SEAMEN,
 AFTERWARDS OLD SWAN INN.
FEB 9 FOX HUNT ON SHEPPEY. NEW WELL WORKING.
MAY 4 FOUNDATION STONE OF ST. PAULS TO BE LAID THIS WEEK.
MAY 18 ROMAN POTTERY FOUND AT UPCHURCH. LARGE MEETING FOR THE
 RESTORATION OF MINSTER ABBEY. SHORT "NEW" HISTORY.
JUN 1 HISTORY OF ABBEY -NOTHING NEW.
JUN 29 FOUNDATION STONE OF NEW CHAPEL IN STRODE CRESCENT TO BE LAID ON
 WED.
JUL 6 STONE LAID FOR ABOVE AND SHORT HISTORY.
JUL 20 OLD HOOK FARM, EASTCHURCH COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY FIRE OCC. BY
 A. CHEESEMAN.
AUG 3 STATISTICS FOR KENT, N0.OF CHURCHES,MARRIAGES,DROWNINGS, ETC.
AUG 10 POST OFFICE AT BLUETOWN BADLY BURNT BY FIRE.
AUG 24 HOUSE AT WESTMINSTER RENOVATED (45) BY COUNCIL FOR USE AS
 HOSPITAL.
SEP 7 WRECK OF PRINCESS ALICE AND LOSS OF LIFE.
SEP 21 ST.PAULS CHURCH SCHOOL OPENED BY THE BISHOP OF DOVER.
SEP 28 DOCKYARD HISTORY 1814 ON-A LONG ACCOUNT.
OCT 5 BIRTHS DEATHS FOR SHEPPEY. WESLEYAN MINISTERS IN THE KENT
 DISTRICT.
OCT 26 LONG LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS TO SHEERNESS REGATA.
NOV 9 LONG LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS TO KENT ORTHO.HOSPITAL
DEC 7 OPENING OF STRODE CRESCENT BAPTIST CHURCH.
DEC 28 LONG LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS TO SOUP KITCHEN. ALMA ROAD HAS 20
 HOUSES.IT HAD BEEN A PUBLIC ROAD FOR 5 YEARS ,BEFORE THAT IT WAS
 A PRIVATE ROAD. PLEA BY POST OFFICE TO POST NEW YEARS CARDS EARLY
 ON THE 31st.IF WISHED TO BE DELIVERED ON JAN 1st.
 
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