After World War II, these activities began to fall into a decline, so that only the Burley yard continued with the repair of barges until about 1965. Charles Burley (was a brick maker and barge owner). He occupied the yard in Crown Quay Lane. Now occupied by a builders' merchant.[19] This lack of barge repairs led the creek to become silted and derelict. In 1968, the site was owned by Bourncrete Limited, manufacturers of concrete products.

Originally built as a private residence in 1880, this building has been transformed into a stylish, modern hotel, with original features and quirky additions contributing to its personality.

Paper manufacture started in Sittingbourne in 1708, when Peter Archer was recorded as a Paper Maker. Sittingbourne Mill existed from circa 1769, which by 1820 had grown and was owned by Edward Smith. The Daily Chronicle owner Edward Lloyd bought the site in 1863. Using pulped straw from the local farmers and esparto (imported from Algeria and Southern Spain) as a replacement for expensive cotton rag which was becoming more expensive; the output supplied newsprint his mills in Bow.[26]

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Barges were needed to move many other raw materials and finished goods into the Thames and to London and beyond. Sittingbourne was ideally suited for this purpose and a successful barge-building industry developed at Milton Creek.

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Since 2010, Southeastern have opened up a service from Faversham involving the HS1 line, this service runs from Faversham to London St Pancras. It also links with the Eurostar service (to France) from Ebbsfleet International.[35]

The yard was then leased to the newly established Dolphin Sailing Barge Museum Trust.[18] The inlet alongside the Museum usually contains at least one vessel brought to the yard for restoration, including the famous sailing barge Cambria.[20]

The town has one senior football team, Sittingbourne F.C. (nicknamed "The Brickies"). Sittingbourne F.C. currently play their games at Woodstock Park, part of the Kent Science Park complex. The club play in the Isthmian League Division One South.

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Sittingbourne Adult Education Centre provides some post-16 and adult training in the town and there is an Adult Skills centre located in the town centre.[30][31] In May 2015 a post-16 technical college opened in the town.[32]

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Motorcycle speedway racing has been staged near Sittingbourne for a number of years. The track was originally used for training alone but since 1994 the Sittingbourne Crusaders took part in the Conference League and other competitions. The track remains today as a popular speedway training facility open to riders all over the country.[39]

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From country pubs to country parks, lively Sittingbourne is an ideal stop off point to explore the North Kent coast.

Transport has always played a large part of Sittingbourne's history, geographically located midway between the major port of Dover and the important capital of London was the reason for an enlarged settlement at Sittingbourne.

There are a range of festivals throughout the year in Swale, from the international Faversham Hop Festival to the annual Sheppey Promenade Festival.

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The modern Kent market town of Sittingbourne and nearby Milton Regis have a rich history in paper-making, brick-making and barge-building - indeed it is because of these industries and Milton Creek that the town is where it is today!

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Swale has a wealth of beautiful homes and stunning picturesque gardens for you to leisurely explore which are open on a seasonal basis.(Picture: Belmont House and Gardens)

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Sittingbournes good form continued against newly promoted Horsham. In a highly entertaining game goals from Miles Cornwell (2) and Stefan Wright gave The Brickies the victory.

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Paper mills and brickfields were fed by barges that brought in sand, mud and household waste such as cinders for brick making, and took away the finished product on the return journey.

Living history is everywhere in Sittingbourne, with sailing trips departing from the Sailing Barge Edith May, a reconstructed Old Forge Wartime House experience and the Sittingbourne Heritage Museum.

The towns links with water transport survive today, through a bronze statue of a bargeman in the town centre. The Dolphin Sailing Barge Museum was destroyed by arson in 2008.[21][22] The museum is now awaiting relocation to a new site[23] Plans to move to Whitstable Harbour were refused in 2013.[24][25]

As a result of the number of soldiers blinded during the war, the Kent Association for the Blind was formed in Sittingbourne in 1920.[16]

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Sittingbourne is growing rapidly due to a number of large residential developments, and its railway line links to London Victoria and HS1 to St Pancras International, the journey taking about an hour from Sittingbourne railway station.

Sittingbourne and its consumed suburb of Milton today is a growing town, with much recent expansion by way of house-building in the former chalk and brick clay works digs. Expansion is attributable to the towns train line links to London, some 60 minutes away by high speed rail and easy access to the A2, A249, M2 and M20. (see Transport)

Sittingbourne and the surrounding area have a number of primary schools.[27] The main secondary schools in the town are Fulston Manor School, Sittingbourne Community College, The Westlands School and two single sex Grammar Schools, Borden Grammar School (Boys) and Highsted Grammar School (Girls).[28] Pupils wishing to apply for a year 7 place at grammar school have to take the Kent Test (11+) to assess if grammar school is a suitable option for them.[29]