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Chatham and the Borough of Medway
The Kentish towns of Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and one or two other small towns near the Thames estuary in southeast England, form a single conurbation, and are known as the Medway Towns, named after the river Medway on, or close to which, the towns are situated. In 1974, the local government district, known as the Borough of Medway, was formed, within the county of Kent, by the merger of the municipal boroughs of Rochester (which then had City status) and Chatham, together with adjoining areas. In 1979, it was renamed the Borough of Rochester-upon-Medway, and in 1982, the City of Rochester-upon-Medway. In 1998, it was enlarged by the incorporation of the adjacent district of Gillingham, was renamed the Borough of Medway and become a unitary authority.
Medway Jewish Community
The has been a Jewish community in the Chatham and Rochester for nearly 300 years, and prior thereto, there had been a medieval Jewish community in Rochester. The community's synagogue, although called the Chatham Memorial Synagogue, is actually situated in Rochester.
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