In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Gillingham like this:
Gillingham, par., township, and local government dist., Kent, on river Medway, on NE. side and mostly in parl. bor. of Chatham -- par., 5016 ac., pop. 20,865; township, 4317 ac., pop. 20,644; dist. (partly also in Chatham par.), 4302 ac., pop. 20,745; P.O.; was the birthplacc of William Adams (1575-1621), discoverer of Japan.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Gillingham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Medway. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Gillingham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gillingham, in Medway and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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