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Behind the Scenes28th September 2019

The Victorian Ropery

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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