A report on Medway and Upnor

Arethusa Venture Centre, with figure-head, Lower Upnor.
Dutch Attack on the Medway, June 1667 by Pieter Cornelisz van Soest, painted c. 1667. The captured ship is right of centre
The Older London Stone standing in front of the fence of the Arethusa Venture Centre.
The Chatham Naval Memorial commemorates the 18,500 officers, ranks and ratings of the Royal Navy who were lost or buried at sea in the two World Wars. It stands on the Great Lines between Chatham and Gillingham.
A Thames Barge sails past the depot: Upnor Castle (left), 'B' Magazine (centre), No. 5 Shell Store (right).
Chatham High Street, December 2007
RE assault boat training at Upper Upnor
Chatham Bus Interchange Station, October 2011
Former 'B' Magazine (1857) undergoing refurbishment.
The Quays, Chatham Dockside, December 2009
Former Dry Guncotton Store (right, 1895)
A view of the Medway Gate development, June 2009.
Left to right: former No 3 Shell Store (1883), Mine Testing Room (1905) and Wet Guncotton Store (1895)
A view of former The Black Lion Leisure Centre (Now Medway Park), April 2009.
Left to right: Main entrance, former Filled Mine Store (1904), former Filled Shell Store (1904)
The A2 crossing the Medway at Rochester on the site of the Roman crossings, the medieval crossing was to the south
Junction Two of the M2 is on the A228, just before the Medway motorway bridge. Alongside is High Speed 1. Both are seen climbing up the Nashenden Valley, towards Bluebell Hill.

Lower Upnor and Upper Upnor are two small villages in Medway, Kent, England.

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Frindsbury Extra including Upnor borders Strood.

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Frindsbury Church from Church Green, showing behind the chalk cliffs formed by quarrying. In the far distance is Chatham, showing how closely the Medway Towns are interlinked.


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Frindsbury Church from Church Green, showing behind the chalk cliffs formed by quarrying. In the far distance is Chatham, showing how closely the Medway Towns are interlinked.
Here we see how Strood the marshy place, relates to Frindsbury. The station, canal basin and all the wharves downstream of the Watermill were in Frindsbury. The steep slopes are caused by the chalk pits. Note also the undrained land between the railway, and Frindsbury Hill, and the lack of houses.
View of the south end of the barn
Frindsbury Church stood on a hill overlooking the Medway. The hill has been extensively quarried leaving the distinctive cliffs. To the left of the church is Church Green. Directly in front of it is Strood Pier and the entrance to the Strood basin. To the right is the Frindsbury Peninsula, and the Phoenix Wharf and Lower Curel's Yard.

Frindsbury, sometimes called Frinsbury, is part of the Medway Towns conurbation in Kent, southern England.

Within the civil parish of Frindsbury Extra are the villages of Frindsbury, Wainscott, and Upnor.

Frindsbury Extra

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Frindsbury Extra is a civil parish divided into commercial, suburban residential and rural parts on the Hoo Peninsula in Medway, a ceremonial part of Kent.

Upnor on the Medway

River Medway

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River in South East England.

River in South East England.

Dusk at Lower Upnor on the Medway Estuary
Frindsbury Church above the former entrance to the Thames and Medway Canal
Lower Saxony arms coat of arms
The Medway flows through Tonbridge in many channels. The South Eastern Main Line crosses the Medway.
The Botany stream forms another channel in Tonbridge.
Tonbridge Castle, a motte-and-bailey castle from 1066.
The River Medway passes Tonbridge Castle and passes under Big Bridge.
Oak Weir Lock
River Bourne enters the Medway
Sluice Weir, on the right is the lock
The sluice at Yalding
Hampstead Lane Lock, Yalding
Bow Bridge, Wateringbury
Teston Lock
Upstream from Teston Bridge
Barges moored on the Medway at Aylesford
Medieval bridge at Aylesford
Grain and Thamesport, from Horrid Hill, Gillingham.
The Grain Tower at low tide.
The mouth of the Medway, looking from Grain to Sheerness.
And into the Thames, youngsters at Grain with Southend beyond.
M2 crossing the Medway.
Isle of Grain and the Medway Estuary from the air
Allington Lock and Sluice gates

It rises in the High Weald, East Sussex and flows through Tonbridge, Maidstone and the Medway conurbation in Kent, before emptying into the Thames Estuary near Sheerness, a total distance of 70 mi. About 13 mi of the river lies in East Sussex, with the remainder being in Kent.

The illustrations include the castles at Queenborough, Upnor, Leybourne, Tonbridge and Hever; Penshurst Place; and the bridges at Teston, Maidstone, Aylesford, East Farleigh, Barming, Branbridges and Tonbridge.

Portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1591

Francis Drake

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Sir Francis Drake (c.

Sir Francis Drake (c.

Portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1591
Portrait miniature by Nicholas Hilliard, 1581, reverse of "Drake Jewel", inscribed Aetatis suae 42, An(n)o D(omi)ni 1581 ("42 years of his age, 1581 AD")
A map of Drake's route around the world. The northern limit of Drake's exploration of the Pacific coast of North America is still in dispute. Drake's Bay is south of Cape Mendocino.
A replica of the Golden Hind at Bankside in London
Drake's landing in California, engraving published 1590 by Theodor de Bry
Drake viewing treasure taken from a Spanish ship, print courtesy New York Public Library
The "Drake Jewel" as painted by Gheeraerts the Younger in a 1591 portrait of Drake
Buckland Abbey in Devon
Map of Drake's Great Expedition in 1585 by Giovanni Battista Boazio
Drake's burial at sea off Portobello. Bronze plaque by Joseph Boehm, 1883, base of Drake statue, Tavistock.
Arms of Sir Francis Drake: Sable, a fess wavy between two pole-stars Arctic and Antarctic argent
Arms of Drake of Ash: Argent, a wyvern wings displayed and tail nowed gules.<ref name="Vivian 1895, p.292">Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p. 292, pedigree of Drake of Ash</ref> The Drake family of Crowndale and Buckland Abbey used the same arms but the tail of the wyvern is not nowed (knotted)<ref name="Vivian p.299">Vivian, p.299, pedigree of Drake of Crowndale and Buckland Abbey</ref>
Sir Francis Drake with his new heraldic achievement, with motto: Sic Parvis Magna, translated literally: "Thus great things from small things (come)". The hand out of the clouds is labelled Auxilio Divino, or "With Divine Help"<ref name=NationalTrust>{{cite web |url=http://www.nationaltrustimages.org.uk/image/169478 |title=Image details |publisher=National Trust Images |access-date=25 October 2012 |archive-date=3 September 2012 |archive-url=https://archive.today/20120903192626/http://www.nationaltrustimages.org.uk/image/169478 |url-status=live }}</ref>
Sir Francis Drake whilst playing bowls on Plymouth Hoe is informed of the approach of the Spanish Armada. Bronze plaque by Joseph Boehm, 1883, base of Drake statue, Tavistock
Eighteenth century portrait of the Spanish Armada by Philip James de Loutherbourg
Drake taking the surrender of Admiral Pedro de Valdés on the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora del Rosario
This portrait, circa 1581, may have been copied from Hilliard's [[:Image:Sfdrake42.jpg|miniature]]—note the similar shirt—and the somewhat oddly-proportioned body, added by an artist who did not have access to Drake. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Bronze statue in Tavistock, in the parish of which he was born, by Joseph Boehm, 1883.
Drake Jewel, on loan at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

He was ordained deacon and was made vicar of Upnor Church on the Medway.