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Gillingham - The Making of a Dorset Town


Written by Dr John Porter for Gillingham Local History Society, this is the first new history of Gillingham for nearly 30 years and the first to provide a comprehensive history of the town.



Pictured above are Sam Woodcock (Society Chairman), John Porter, David Milsted (Mayor of Gillingham), Annie Milsted (Mayoress) at the Book Launch at Orchard Park Garden centre on 1st October.



John Porter with archaeologist and broadcaster Julian Richards who wrote the Foreword.






Left: John with his wife Margaret who helped with reading and checking of John's text. Right: John with Lucie and Jack LeLevier from Le Neubourg (Gillingham's twin town) who happened to be in Gillingham for the weekend. A sign in their road in Le Neubourg is featured on page 411.


£19.95, 496 pp., 125 text illustrations,
28 colour plates, hard covers, retail price £19.95.
Publication October 2011


This is the first new history of Gillingham for nearly thirty years, and the first to provide a comprehensive history of the town. It traces the rise of Gillingham from the manor and forest of the medieval period to the coming of the railway and the flourishing industrial town of Victorian times.
Later chapters include the role of Gillingham in two world wars, and take the story down to the Gillingham of today.
The study draws on the extensive records of the Gillingham Museum, as well as county and national archives.
Many of the illustrations used have not been previously published.

Crockers Ironmongery, Orchard Park Garden Centre, and The Museum will be the only stockist of this book in Gillingham.


Orders can be placed via the website - details including postage rates are detailed on the Gillingham Books page.