Medway’s Creative Heritage Quarter – the Old High Street Intra - also forms a vibrant link between Rochester and Chatham.
As Medway’s hidden gem and diamond-in-the-rough, artists, makers, designers, performers and purveyors of international cuisine and fine ales, have naturally gravitated towards this area, making it into an incredible creative and heritage quarter.
It is now studded with unique studios, galleries, friendly pubs, restaurants and bakeries hosting live music, comedy and drag, with a sprinkling of fashion, faith, fascinating heritage including one of the UK’s earliest known LGBTQ+ pubs. Definitely worth a look!
The word 'intra' comes from the Latin for within. This is the area roughly bounded to the west by the railway bridge over Rochester High Street, just after the Nags Head public house, and to the east by the Chatham boundary sign outside the John Hawkins Hospital.
Strictly speaking, Chatham Intra is just the area on the north side of the High Street but here we will include both sides of the road.
Traditionally, people living in this area (usually river workers) paid rates to either Rochester or Chatham. Today, Chatham Intra is in Rochester.
The High Street Heritage Action Zone hopes to help the area become a cultural and creative hub with a rich mix of artists, creatives and makers occupying under-used historic buildings that are currently in need of refurbishment and conversion.