Strood has been since 1974 a town in the unitary authority of Medway in southeast England. It was, until 1998, part of Kent and is still ceremonially associated via the Lieutenancies Act. It lies on the north west bank of the River Medway at its lowest bridging point, and is part of the Rochester post town.
Strood was part of Frindsbury until 1193, but now Frindsbury is considered part of Strood. Strood's history has been dominated by the river, the bridges and the road and rail links they carried. It is now a mainly residential suburb of Rochester, and a commuter town for London.
Strood was divided into Strood Intra and Strood Extra civil parishes in 1894. Strood Intra was absorbed immediately into Rochester. Strood Extra remained as a civil parish within Strood Rural District until it was abolished in 1974, but several pieces of the parish were absorbed into Rochester during that 80 years.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Strood.