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Nore Royal Naval and Royal Marine Orphanage, Gillingham, Kent

The Nore Royal Naval and Royal Marine Orphanage originally occupied temporary premises in Chatham. A new building, on Oxford Road, Gillingham, was opened on 18 September 1912 by Lady Poore, wife of Admiral Sir Richard Poore, Commander-in-chief at the Nore. (The Nore, an operational division of the Royal Navy, was named after a sandbank at the mouth of the Thames Estuary and River Medway.) The cost of the building was about £4,000. It initially provided accommodation for 50 girls, with another wing to be added when funds permitted.

The picture below, taken from the far side of Gillingham Park, shows the centre and original wing of the building.

Nore Royal Naval and Royal Marine Orphanage (far right), Gillingham. c.1912. © Peter Higginbotham

The establishment later became a residential home for ex-naval personnel and their widows, known as Pembroke House.


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