Although Queen Elizabeth I visited the area in 1573, the docks weren’t moved to the current location until 1622, and the first dry dock was built in the 1660s.
Dutch Fleet successfully attacks the Chatham Docks, with many killed and wounded.
In 1864, the docks were staffed by French prisoners of war.
The most well-known of the Chatham Dockyard ghosts – although it is reportedly haunted by several – is the apparition of a young teenage girl whose image has been seen often in a downstairs window. It is believed that she is waiting for her sailor lover to return from the sea.
The ghost of Lord Nelson has apparently been spotted here, although no-one seems to know why.
There may also be two other apparitions – one of a woman and the other of a not-very-nice man – who haunt the space which used to be a nursery.
There is also the ghost of a female supervisor who died in the 1980s who apparently haunts here to prod workers who aren’t pulling their weight.
Footsteps have been heard in the darkest corners of the yard.
Doors have slammed of their own accord.
People have claimed to have seen the a headless drummer boy or duelling cavaliers!
First Broadcast : 18th May 2004