is a town near Gillingham, Kent
, part of the built-up area of the Medway Towns
Location and geography
It is located on the southern edge of the borough of Medway
adjacent to Wigmore and Lordswood
and linked to Gillingham and the M2
by the A278 trunk road
Most of Hempstead is in a valley, with Hempstead Valley Drive running along the length of the bottom of it, with housing on both sides.
Settlement of Hempstead dates back to at least mid-1600. Within the records of the Hundred
of Chatham & Gillingham a hamlet
then-known as "Hemsted" denoted a few houses along today's still-extant Hempstead Road. The hamlet's original farmhouse still stands; Lands owned by this farm bequeathed to regional administration have become todays' "Hempstead Playing Fields". The Hempstead Field currently supports football
; once it fielded a winning cricket team, since disbanded.
By the early 1980s significant areas of legacy woodland and orchard- ranging from Gillingham Link Road (A289) to the Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, across to Capstone Road and back to the border of Wigmore Business Park- were developed by the "Wards Construction" interest. More recent planning applications made to Medway Council- for the development of areas west of Hempstead, around Capstone, and towards Princes Park- have at present been staved off.
Hempstead, with population circa 5000 at the beginning of the 21st century, is now officially... Read More