"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Sheerness

Sheerness is a town located beside the mouth of the River Medway on the north-west corner of the Isle of Sheppey in north Kent, England. With a population of 13,000 it is the largest town on the island.

Sheerness began as a fort built in the 16th century to protect the River Medway from naval invasion. In 1665, plans were first laid by the Navy Board for a Royal Navy dockyard where warships might be provisioned and repaired, a site favoured by Samuel Pepys, then Clerk of the Acts of the navy, for shipbuilding over Chatham. After the raid on the Medway in 1667, the older fortification was strengthened; in 1669 a Royal Navy dockyard was established in the town, where warships were stocked and repaired until its closure in 1960.

Beginning with the construction of a pier and a promenade in the 19th century, Sheerness acquired the added attractions of a seaside resort. Industry retains its important place in the town and the Port of Sheerness is one of the United Kingdom's leading car and fresh produce importers. The town is the site of one of the UK's first co-operative societies and also of the world's first multi-storey building with a rigid metal frame.

Local authority: Swale Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: TQ919749

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Things to see and do in and around Sheerness

  • Sheerness Swimming Pool
  • Bartons Point Coastal Park
  • Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf
  • Little Potters
  • Southend Marine Activities Centre
  • Sealife Adventure
  • Kursaal
  • Bayford Meadows
  • Southend Pier and Train
  • Southend Pier Museum

Tourist Information

Southend
Tourist Information Centre
Pier Entrance
Western Esplanade
Southen-on-Sea
Essex
England
SS1 1EE

Phone 01702 618747
Email vic@southend.gov.uk
http://www.visitsouthend.co.uk

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Weather

Forecast for Thursday 23 March

06:00


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
E
Pressure 1012
Humidity 87%
UV Index n/a
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09:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 8mph.
ENE
Pressure 1015
Humidity 80%
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12:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 9mph.
ENE
Pressure 1016
Humidity 75%
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15:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 7mph, gusting to 10mph.
NE
Pressure 1016
Humidity 79%
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18:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 7mph, gusting to 11mph.
NE
Pressure 1018
Humidity 83%
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21:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 7mph, gusting to 11mph.
NE
Pressure 1021
Humidity 84%
UV Index n/a
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