Sittingbourne today is very different from how it was, say, 150 years ago. It is not a town people visit for the quality of its shops or sightseeing, and it has never made the most of its history or heritage, but that said, a heritage museum was established in 1997 by a group of like-minded people. It was founded and funded on a voluntary basis and is housed in a former shop, thanks to the generosity of its owner, optician John Frewin. Most of the old inns and hotels upon which the town was founded have gone, replaced by shop units. Up until the mid-twentieth century these shops were mostly local businesses but from then on they were gradually replaced by multi-national stores. And today we find many High Streets in Britain are in serious decline due to customers’ preference for shopping electronically via the Internet rather than trudging from shop to shop.
/ The History of Sittingbourne
/ Sittingbourne in the twenty-first century