Wigmore, Kent

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Wigmore is located in Kent
Wigmore shown within Kent
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Gillingham
Postcode district ME8
Dialling code 01634
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
List of places
51°21′22″N 0°35′42″E / 51.356°N 0.595°E / 51.356; 0.595Coordinates: 51°21′22″N 0°35′42″E / 51.356°N 0.595°E / 51.356; 0.595

Wigmore is a suburb/village in the Unitary Authority of Medway, in Kent, England.


The placename is attested in 1275 as Wydemere, from an Old English *wīd-mere "broad pool".[1]

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,[2] initially as smallholdings (hence the local “Smallholders Club”)[3] and rural shanties for Medway families. The first local church - St Matthews - dates back to 1925;[4] a prefab Evangelical church[5] was opened later on.

Now a fully suburbanised village within south Gillingham, the area has a community primary school,[6] medical centre,[7] and local football team, Wigmore Youth F.C.[8]

References in popular culture[edit]

Rock bands associated with the locality-championing Medway scene have referenced Wigmore; The Buff Medways in the song "Medway Wheelers" (2005)[9] and the Len Price 3 with "Wigmore Swingers" (2014).[10]


  1. ^ "Wigmore" A Dictionary of British Place-Names. A. D. Mills. Oxford University Press, 2003. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. [1]
  2. ^ Joyce and Miller, Brian and Sophie (2014). Gillingham & Around From Old Photographs. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. ISBN 978-1445632971.
  3. ^ http://www.smallholdersclub.org/
  4. ^ http://www.stmattswigmore.org.uk/Groups/190758/St_Matthews_Wigmore/Your_church/past_and_present/past_and_present.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.wigmorefreechurch.org.uk/3ArmyHuts.htm
  6. ^ http://www.school-portal.co.uk/GroupHomepage.asp?GroupID=392917
  7. ^ http://www.wigmoremedicalcentre.co.uk/
  8. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/wigmoreyouthfc/
  9. ^ http://www.ctc.org.uk/file/member/200807043.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk/MagSitePages/Review.aspx?id=9422