Often we are looking at elements of history all around us but not the one place we walk all the time - beneath our feet! There are many examples showing the history of the local area and how it has developed and changed over the years. Some of the manhole and utility covers show the names and dates of long gone companies but do reflect the changes over the years. Next time you are out have a look beneath your feet and see what you can spot!

The cover below shows CDWW, 1948. I believe this is Chatham and District Water Works and would be one of the older water mains in the area when some of the new estates were being built along Maidstone Road.

Water cover Rainham Water company

The cover below shows CDWW, 1955, again showing the likely ages of the roads that were built after the Second World War.

A later one then follows with RWC - presumably Rainham Water Company

Water cover Rainham Water company

Finally a reminder of the old Borough of Gillingham, now consumed into Medway Council unitary authority.

Water cover Rainham Water company

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