Gillingham, Kent

Gillingham (/ˈɪlɪŋəm/ (listen) JIL-ing-əm) is a large town in the county of Kent in South East England. For local government purposes it is in the unitary authority of Medway.

Gillingham

High Street, Gillingham
Gillingham
Location within Kent
Population104,157 (2011 census, including Rainham and its southern suburbs)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ775675
 London35.6mi
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGILLINGHAM
Postcode districtME7
Dialling code01634
PoliceKent
FireKent
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
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England
Kent
51.385°N 0.550°E / 51.385; 0.550

Gillingham means a "homestead of Gylla's family", from Old English ham ("village, homestead") and ingas ("family, followers"), and was first recorded in the 10th century as Gyllingeham.[2] The town's name is pronounced with a soft 'g' (as in 'ginger'), compared to the hard 'g' (as in 'girl') used for Gillingham, Dorset and Gillingham, Norfolk.