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Property for sale in Salisbury Avenue, Rainham, Kent, ME8

Salisbury Avenue, Rainham, Kent, ME8

Guide Price £340,000 - £355,000


If you are looking for a large property with versatile accommodation then this is the property for you.

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 3 receptions

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Our area guide for Rainham offers a brief overview of the town and its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.


Rainham forms part of the Medway Towns (comprising Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham under a single unitary authority – Medway). The north of Rainham borders the south shore of the Medway estuary.  On the western boundary is a large mixed-use business park (Gillingham Business Park), which includes some large retail outlets.  The east of Rainham has a more semi-rural feel. Rainham has its own little neighbourhoods, including Rainham Mark, Macklands, Parkwood, Wigmore, Twydall, Meresborough and Lower Rainham, all falling in the ME8 postcode. There is a complete mixture of people in Rainham, from young families to retirees, with houses to suit all tastes and requirements.


Rainham itself has two modest shopping areas – the main covered precinct and Parkwood Shopping Centre. Together they offer a comprehensive range of shops, from Tesco and Boots to specialty record shop MagicDisco and Goldings Bakery. More extensive shopping facilities can be found at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre where there are over 50 popular retailers all under one roof, including the largest M&S in the Medway and the largest Sainsbury's in Kent. 


If you love the outdoors, you’ll love Rainham as it has a plethora of open spaces. Capstone Country Park covers 114 hectares of former farmland set on the North Downs. Explore the ancient woodlands, old orchards and freshwater lake. Berengrave Nature Reserve is a former chalk pit, which has been improved by Medway Council. The boardwalks now allow visitors to easily view the grassland, habitats and woodlands. Riverside Country Park covers 100 hectares alongside the Medway Estuary and includes Motney Hill. Tee off at Upchurch Golf Club, cheer on The Gills at Gillingham Football Club, take a dip at Splashes swimming pool or find peace and a good book at the town’s library. If you like amateur dramatics then you’ll love The Oasthouse Theatre where the Rainham Theatrical Society put on six major productions a year – it’s reputed to be the first ever theatre in an oasthouse in the world!

Food and Drink

There’s no shortage of pubs and restaurants and some highlights include The Barn Restaurant, The Olive Tree, the Beefeater at Manor Farm, The Cricketeers, The Hungry Fox and The Flying Saucer.


Stone Age tools have been discovered in Rainham and there is evidence that Romans worked the land in the local area. The village was first recorded in AD 811 as Roegingham, thought to mean ‘the home of the people living on rough ground’, which is a likelihood given the flinty soil of the area. The medieval village was part of the royal estate of Milton Regis and evidence of bygone buildings can still be observed on the Lower Rainham road. Like a lot of Kentish towns, Rainham went from a small village to a bustling town when the railway line was extended. The population in 1801 was just 422 and two centuries later it is well over 6,000.

Property Market

There is a staggering amount of property choice in Rainham, from Grade II listed buildings, Victorian terraces, Edwardian terraces, and 1930s semis and terraces to 1950s post war homes, new build estates, bungalows and apartments with river views. The most recent property explosion in the town came in the 1960s when the Parkwood Estate was built. At the time, it was the largest housing estate in Europe.

Council Tax

Rainham is under the Medway authority and these are the council tax valuation details for the town for 2014/2015:

Medway bands A through D, excluding parish area

Band A B C D
Medway Council 776.16 905.52 1,034.88 1,164.24
Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority 46.20 53.90 61.60 69.30
Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent 96.19 112.22 128.25 144.28
Total for Medway residents 918.55 1,071.64 1,224.73 1,377.82

Medway bands E through H, excluding parish area

Band E F  G H
Medway Council 1,422.96 1,681.68 1,940.40 2,328.48
Kent Fire and Rescue Service 84.70 100.10 115.50 138.60
Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent 176.34 208.40 240.47 288.56
Total for Medway residents 1,684.00 1,990.18 2,296.37 2,755.64

Medway bands A through D with a parish charge

Band A B C D
Allhallows 960.90 1,121.05 1,281.20 1,441.35
Cliffe and Cliffe Woods 934.26 1,089.96 1,245.67 1,401.38
Cooling 936.96 1,093.12 1,249.28 1,405.44
Cuxton 955.97 1,115.30 1,274.62 1,433.95
Frindsbury Extra 933.26 1,088.81 1,244.35 1,399.89
Halling 943.06 1,100.23 1,257.41 1,414.58
High Halstow 954.56 1,113.66 1,272.75 1,431.84
Hoo St Werburgh 927.58 1,082.18 1,236.77 1,391.37
St. James Isle of Grain 963.14 1,123.67 1,284.19 1,444.71
St Mary Hoo 961.16 1,121.36 1,281.55 1,441.74
Stoke 959.09 1,118.94 1,278.78 1,438.63

Medway bands E through H with a parish charge

 Band E F G H
Allhallows 1,761.65 2,081.95   2,402.25 2,882.70
Cliffe and Cliffe Woods 1,712.80 2,024.21 2,335.64 2,802.76
Cooling 1,717.76 2,030.08 2,342.40 2,810.88
Cuxton 1,752.60 2,071.26 2,389.92 2,867.90
Frindsbury Extra   1,710.97 2,022.06 2,333.15 2,799.78
Halling 1,728.93 2,043.28 2,357.64 2,829.16
High Halstow 1,750.02   2,068.21 2,386.40 2,863.68
Hoo St Werburgh 1,700.56 2,009.75 2,318.95 2,782.74
St. James Isle of Grain 1,765.75 2,086.80 2,407.85 2,889.42
St Mary Hoo 1,762.12 2,082.51 2,402.90 2,883.48
Stoke 1,758.32 2,078.02 2,397.72 2,877.26


Primary schools

  • Fairview Community Primary School
  • Deanwood Primary School
  • Miers Court Primary School
  • Park Wood Infant & Junior School
  • St Margartets CofE Infant & Junior School
  • Riverside Primary School
  • St Augustine of Canterbury CP School
  • St Thomas of Canterbury RCP School 
  • Thames View Infant & Junior School

Secondary schools

  • Rainham Mark Grammar School
  • Rainham School for Girls
  • The Howard School


The nearest hospital to Rainham is the Medway Maritime Hospital


Rainham has its own train station, which is on the Chatham Main Line between Gillingham and Newington. Trains run to St Pancras and Ebbsfleet International (both for the Eurostar), Victoria, Bromley South, Dover Priory, Canterbury East, Ramsgate and Margate. A typical journey time from Rainham to central London takes about one hour. Commuters into central London also use the popular coach service run by National Express, and departing from Hempstead Valley. Road users are well connected to the A2.