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September 11 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Barges, Bitumen and Bubbler
The ebb and flow of human industry and innovation around Higham over the centuries.

St Mary’s will be taking part in the annual National Heritage Open Days scheme on Sunday 11 September. This is a national festival of history and culture which opens up the wonderful and varied heritage sites across the country, bringing visitors from near and far. This year’s theme is innovations and inventions so we will be looking at some aspects of Higham’s industrial heritage using photographic displays, reminiscence sessions and guest speakers.

The focus will be on the history of The British Uralite factory, the railway, and the Thames and Medway Canal from their inception to their ultimate demise and their impact on the landscape and environment. Their rise and fall echoes the ebb and flow of the nearby river Thames which from Roman times onwards has been an important part of Higham’s history. There will also be guided tours of the lovely building and surrounding area, and tea and cake will be available to buy on the day.

We are in the process of firming up details and timings for the talks and tours. As soon as we have this information we will put it on the Events page so please keep an eye out for more details. Further information about the national event can be found at heritageopendays.org.uk 


September 11
11:00 am - 4:30 pm


St Mary’s Church
Church St, Higham
Rochester, Kent ME3 7LS United Kingdom
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