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The Commissioner’s House – Then and Now

07 May 2019

The Commissioner’s House is a grand mansion built in 1704.

Corporate Hire

The Commissioner’s House is the oldest intact naval building in Great Britain. The house was built for Captain Geroge St Lo, on he site of an earlier residence built in 1640. On arrival in 1703, St Lo complained that the Chatham residence was a poor substitute for his previous lodging and successfully petitioned for a new house. The house’s most attractive internal feature is a painted ceiling depicting an assembly of the gods, taken from the Great Cabin of HMS Royal Sovereign.

Today the Commissioner’s House is still on site and is used for weddings and events. The garden behind it is open to the public to explore! Originally the garden incorporated one of Britain’s earliest Italianate water gardens. You can see the Edwardian glasshouse with a great vine, an 18th century ice house and a 17th century mulberry tree still to this day!

We found some photos from the Commissioner’s House in the past and compared them to today! Take a look below…

Main Staircase

The Ballroom
Sunne Room
For details about hiring the Commissioner’s House see here.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

We are taking forward orders and enquiries for business ‘post lockdown’ – Master Ropemakers Ltd, film & TV productions, Call the Midwife tours, group travel, weddings, corporate hospitality and conferences.

Last updated: 28 May 2020