Wigmore shown within Kent
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A sparsely-populated hamlet and farming area until the 20th Century, Wigmore was briefly the site of a smallpox isolation hospital (Alexandra Hospital) from 1902, and began to be developed as a village from 1906 when the 365-acre Wigmore agricultural estate was partitioned and sold as plots, initially as smallholdings (hence the local “Smallholders Club”) and rural shanties for Medway families. The first local church - St Matthews - dates back to 1925; a prefab Evangelical church was opened later on.
References in popular culture
Rock bands associated with the locality-championing Medway scene have referenced Wigmore; The Buff Medways in the song "Medway Wheelers" (2005) and the Len Price 3 with "Wigmore Swingers" (2014).
- "Wigmore" A Dictionary of British Place-Names. A. D. Mills. Oxford University Press, 2003. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. 
- Joyce and Miller, Brian and Sophie (2014). Gillingham & Around From Old Photographs. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. ISBN 978-1445632971.
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