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The Victorian Ropery

28 September 2019

The Victorian Ropery

Rope has been made at The Historic Dockyard Chatham for over 400 years and today it is the last of the Royal Navy Dockyards to still make rope the way it was made in Victorian times.

The Victorian Ropery is an 18th Century building that is a quarter of a mile long. It was home to the whole ropemaking process with the ground floor as the ropemaking or laying floor, and other floors being home to spinning rooms. Today the Master Ropemakers still use the ground floor with one working rope machine.

The Master Ropemakers of the Dockyard make rope on a commercial scale for projects such as school apparatus, theatre rigging, filming, garden accessories and much more, not forgetting they still supply HMS Victory her rope as they originally did from the start.

Visitors can have a guided tour of The Victorian Ropery too! This can be booked upon arrival or alternatively you can visit the ropewalk at any time during your visit and marvel at the sheer length of the building which is an amazing ¼ mile long!

Don’t forget also to visit the Ropery shop and pick up something to take a piece of the ropery home with you!

 

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Notice to Visitors

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust welcomes the news that museums and visitor attractions are able to reopen to visitors from 4 July.

We are actively planning to welcome visitors back to the Dockyard as soon as we are safely able to do so but this will be some time after 4 July.

We will make a further announcement to confirm the exact date as soon as we can.

In the meantime, much of Dockyard life has never stopped. Master Ropemakers has started operating again and we are taking forward bookings for filming, group travel and hospitality, including weddings. Call the Midwife Official Location Tours will resume shortly.

We would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

Last updated: 25 June 2020

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