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Created today ...

... mastered 400 years ago

We’ve been showing people the ropes for generations. Rope has been made at Chatham Dockyard for 400 years, miles upon miles of rope that has rigged the mightiest vessels ever to take to sea, including Nelson’s Victory.

Today Chatham is the only one of the original four Royal Navy Ropeyards to remain in operation and, together with its related buildings, forms the finest integrated group of 18th century manufacturing buildings in Britain.

The ancient craft of rope making still takes place daily, using traditional techniques mastered centuries ago. We call these special artisan craftsmen and women the MASTER ROPEMAKERS.

Master Ropemakers is a traditional manufacturing company offering bespoke design and manufacture. From garden projects and home renovations (time to install a new home gym?) to dog leads and artwork, visit the Master Ropemakers website or give us a call (01634 823890) to discuss your requirements. Next day delivery is available.

For your safety, and in line with the latest COVID-19 government guidelines, things are a little bit different to normal and there are a few changes to how you’ll explore our 80-acre site. Please read our KNOW BEFORE YOU GO page for the latest information.

Ropery Experience

Be transported back in time during our 30-minute Ropery Experience. Learn about the ancient art of ropemaking, its vital role in supporting Chatham’s shipbuilding and discover why our enormous double ropewalk is ¼ mile long. You’ll also have the opportunity to get hand-on with our ropemaking machine, before exploring the breath-taking ropery buildings.

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Rope making

Rope has been made here for 400 years and we still make it today – for clients around the world. You can witness the mysterious craft of ropemaking for yourself during our live demonstrations - Mondays to Fridays at 12.15pm from The Ropery.

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“I’m not quite sure what I expected but what I saw blew me away – the ropery is an awesome place and who would have thought ropemaking is so interesting.”

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Master Ropemakers

Master Ropemakers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, continues to use the skills and tradition of 400 years of rope making to supply today’s business and leisure markets.

In some cases their use has changed little in 400 years, with Master Ropemakers supplying many of the world’s historic sailing ships with their rope needs – from Gannet, Cutty Sark and Victory in Britain, to the Australian barque Endeavour.

Master Ropemakers also supplies a wide range of non-maritime customers – from aviaries to zoos.  Our customers include film production companies, theatres, interior designers, garden designers, sports clubs & gymnasiums, adventure playgrounds, churches and cricket clubs.