"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 Monday 21 August

06:00


Chance of rain 53%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
SSE
Pressure 1021
Humidity 94%
UV Index
Air Quality

09:00


Chance of rain 42%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 16°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
S
Pressure 1021
Humidity 92%
UV Index
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12:00


Chance of rain 6%
Max temp. 18°C
(feels like 18°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 3mph.
ESE
Pressure 1021
Humidity 85%
UV Index
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15:00


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 19°C
(feels like 18°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
ENE
Pressure 1021
Humidity 82%
UV Index
Air Quality

18:00


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 19°C
(feels like 19°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
SE
Pressure 1020
Humidity 84%
UV Index
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21:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 18°C
(feels like 18°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
SE
Pressure 1021
Humidity 91%
UV Index n/a
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