Gillingham, located in Kent, is situated in south east England. The town of Gillingham actually comprises the settlements of Hempstead, Brompton, Rainham Mark, Rainhma, Lidsing and Twydall. Visitors to the area will find a variety of attractions and activities to interest them. Sporting is popular in the area and there are numerous sporting facilities located in the region. There are also numerous shops to browse in town along with a wide variety of eating establishments. Visitors looking to stay for a few days will find there are ample accommodation options located in Gillingham as well as in the surrounding area.
The English town of Gillingham is located within the south eastern part of England in the area that is known as Kent. The town of Gillingham also incorporates the surrounding areas, which includes places such as Rainham Mark, Brompton, Twydall, Lidsing and also Hempstead.
The town of Gillingham over the years has become an urban district and this was done under the 1894 act for local government. The town gained borough status under the 1990s United Kingdom reform for the local government.
The town name of Gillingham was recorded in the Domesday Book that dates back to 1086 and the town is believed to have been named after a war lord that was known as Gyllingas. This war lord was a notable man within the district of Kent and it dates back very far within local history. Within the town of Gillingham the primary employment was once in the Chatham Dockyard and most of the dockyard was located within the boundaries of the town.
The town of Gillingham has the location for two major disasters and these include when a demonstration that was being done by the local fire brigade went wrong resulting in the death of fifteen people and this happened during 1929 on the 11th July. The other disaster is a road traffic accident that happened during 1951 and it involved a bus that was carrying cadets of the royal marines who were all aged between ten and thirteen years of age. The road traffic accident resulted in the death of twenty-four cadets.