The Borough of Medway is an independent administrative unit ( Unitary Authority) in southeast England. It was formed in 1998 from the districts of Gillingham and Rochester -upon- Medway, Kent. Medway is located in the region of South East England.

For area of Medway include the Medway Towns, is an urbanized area that has emerged from the past on both sides of the River Medway towns Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester in Kent.


The area is home to the small group of so-called " Medway chambered tombs " of a variety of megalithic sites or "Stone chambers" which is represented only in Derbyshire and Kent. The Medway called area has a long and varied history; it was initially dominated by Rochester, later by the military facilities in Chatham. Rochester was founded by the Romans in an already populated the Iron Age site in order to control the crossing of the Roman road Watling Street with the River Medway can. The first cathedral was built in the early seventh century.

In the 16th century the Royal Navy took a naval base in operation which it used until 1984. The base was protected by several forts (including Fort Amherst, Fort Pitt and Fort Borstal ). Here was Britain 's most famous ship, the HMS Victory, the flagship of Admiral Nelson, built.

Medway has 2000 and 2002 unsuccessfully sought to obtain the status of a City.