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Gillingham is a town in the unitary authority of Medway whose name is taken from Old English and means “a homestead of Gylla’s family”, and was first recorded in the 10th century as Gyllingeham.

In medieval times the part of Gillingham known as the Grange was a limb of the Cinque Ports, while the town was known for its dockyard founded by Queen Elizabeth I.

Gillingham has a large street market running in the high street on Mondays and Saturdays, which is the busiest in the whole of Medway, and brings together around 50 stalls. The town also has a marina and is an important retail centre.