On the northwest bank of the River Medway, lies the residential town of Strood.
Strood town centre has a great range of shops, including well-known high street names that sit alongside many family-owned businesses giving Strood a reputation for quality, value and friendly service.
It also has a retail park where you can find major chain stores such as Matalan, Argos, B&M and much more, including free parking.
The history of Strood dates back centuries as it has been dominated by the river, the bridges and the road and rail links. In the 13th century the Knights Templars would frequently visit Strood by stopping off at Temple Manor for fresh horses and rest breaks as they joined or returned from their crusades to the Holy Land.
Strood is also home to Medway Archives Centre. The Archives Centre is a great place to start if you are looking for local history, maps, or even family history when trying to locate the places where relatives would have lived or worked. For opening days and times visit the Medway Archives website.