Wednesday, 3 April 2013

A-Z Challenge 2013: C is for Chatham Chest

Another 'popular name for' something.

This time, it derives from the location it came from i.e. Chatham in Kent.  The Navy Board had their offices there, and administered a fund for wounded sailors.  This fund
originated in the late sixteenth century, and lasted until the early 1800s, when it was transferred to the Royal Hospital at Greenwich.

Incidentally, this was not a generous bequest by some monied landowner - it was collected by deductions from pay!

2 comments:

  1. Whose pay? I had not heard of Chatham Chest, thank you for enlightening me.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The pay of the ordinary sailor.

    ReplyDelete

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