Final stop on this trip was to Maidstone. When I was a child we used to visit Maidstone occasionally and go to lunch at the Royal Star Hotel – it was a real favourite, but sadly I discovered that it is a shopping centre now! Maidstone has changed an awful lot since I was a child (understandably – that was a long time ago!) – the Waterstones is in a new (to me) outdoor shopping centre called Fremlin Walk which is set on the site of the old Fremlin’s brewery and opened in 2005. The design of the centre incorporates the original brewery entrance under a reproduction of the old Fremlin’s clock.
Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre
We left Maidstone and drove through the Medway towns on our way to our hotel. There was a most fantastic sunset so we stopped at Rochester and I look some pictures of the River Medway looking towards the castle and cathedral and looking rather beautiful. I have a soft spot for Rochester as my first ever job as a Saturday assistant in an Estate Agents was here!
Photo 1 of Fremlin Walk taken by Andy Potter and used with permission under Wikipedia’s Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0