Day to Day => Towns & Villages => Topic started by: Spekes Bottom on June 16, 2011, 13:45:55

Title: Walderslade Valley
Post by: Spekes Bottom on June 16, 2011, 13:45:55

I have happened upon this photo of Walderslade Valley from 1950. I suspect the same view looks radically different now!  :)

(http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff446/HoathWay/421038.jpg)
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Post by: ukfirestorm on June 16, 2011, 13:47:59
that looks really nice, shame.
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Post by: Megapack162 on June 16, 2011, 14:18:47

I have happened upon this photo of Walderslade Valley from 1950. I suspect the same view looks radically different now!  :)

Nice view of Dargets Road from the open land below the top of Walderslade Road, now private gardens.

The semi-detached houses partially obscured in the centre foreground of the photo are still there, as is the primary school and probably 2 or 3 of the bungaloes further up the hill. The smaller and/or pre-fab buildings as well as all of the open land (can't see if there are fences) have all been replaced by 1960s and 70s housing.

It would be interesting to be able to compare aerial shots of Walderslade and other areas that have developed massively since the 50s, can somebody develop a Google Earth time machine???
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Post by: jpdeejay on June 16, 2011, 14:34:01
Brilliant photo!!!

Do you have any others??

JP
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Post by: Spekes Bottom on June 16, 2011, 15:06:54
Sadly not, but I have found some here.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=101258603269217&v=photos (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=101258603269217&v=photos)
 
  :)
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Post by: Spekes Bottom on June 16, 2011, 15:26:01
Circa 1971.

(http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff446/HoathWay/proxy-6-1.jpg)
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Post by: jpdeejay on June 17, 2011, 08:05:09
Wow, these are brilliant, thank you!

JP
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Post by: erfman on June 17, 2011, 12:15:58
isn't that a ruston bucyrus excavator  left of centre in the pic, certainly looks like it, Sentinel S4 would probably be interested in that!  :) erfman
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Post by: simon on August 15, 2011, 14:16:14
Those pictures are fabulous, I always am on the lookout for Walderslade pics, and the one of Dargets is new to me! Tanks!
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Post by: davidt on August 26, 2011, 18:16:38
A couple of scans from my postcard collection which I thought you might like to see. Not sure of the date but probably 1920s or maybe 1930s.

(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/Walderslade-TheValleyenhanced.jpg)

(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/NabHill.jpg)

It's changed slightly since then....
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Post by: numanfan on August 26, 2011, 18:50:33
Fantastic pictures davidt, thanks for sharing them.

I've lived in Walderslade / Lords Wood for nearly 25 years & it took a while to get my 'bearings' on those views. As you said, slightly different now.
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Post by: Lyn L on August 26, 2011, 18:59:44
They are great pics, but perhaps someone could give me bearings as I'm lost  :)
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Post by: davidt on August 26, 2011, 19:10:42
Both views show Princes Avenue (although it would probably have still been known as Victoria Road then).

The views are actually quite similar as they both show the junction with Dargets Road looking towards the junction with Walderslade Road.

The bottom picture is the easier to explain as the white building is The Homestead and the building on the far left is the school in Dargets Road. The long building with the dark windows is the old methodist chapel which stood on the opposite side of Dargets Road to The Homestead (which is the oldest house in Walderslade and is still there).

The top photo is taken from slightly further back, probably roughly where Sundridge Drive is now. You can see the chapel in the distance and that gives you a good bearing when comparing it with the other view.

In both pictures, the buidlings at the top are the ones just off the Walderslade Road behind Chestnut Avenue
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Post by: Lyn L on August 26, 2011, 20:10:42
Got it, I can see where I am now, Dargets Hill would go off to the left in the bottom pic. Just a bit different to when I lived in married qtrs up there  :) Thanks davidt.
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Post by: wilmur57 on October 05, 2011, 21:20:59
I lived in the Navy married quarters in Dargets Wood in late 1966 and my daughter was born in Canada House in Gillingham. Are the old married quarters still there or has the estate been demolished ? I can remember the bus from Chatham struggling up a very steep hill and where I got off the bus was Lordswood estate on one side and Dargets wood on the other. I used to think Lordswood was very posh in them days. !!!
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Post by: Lyn L on October 05, 2011, 21:59:06
Yes Wilmur57, the houses are still there, all privately owned now, we probably were living there about the same time. We lived in Duchess of Kent Drive and then Huckleberry Close for a short while. Can't quite remember when we left there now though.  :)
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Post by: wilmur57 on October 31, 2011, 14:16:10
Hi Lyn L
We lived in the maisonettes down at the bottom of the estate on Goad Avenue. Ours was an upstairs flat which was a bit of a pain getting the pram up and the shopping. It was a coal fire so that was kept in a shed downstairs so again had to be carried up. A man used to come round every week or so selling bags of logs which used to eake out the coal a bit and a tally man come round selling bits of luxuries like bedding or towels-- I bought an ottoman from him and paid for it on the weekly. The furniture was very basic and the suite had wooden arms and loose covers which we could order new ones if we didnt like them, The spare bedroom had twin beds with the blue and white bedspreads with the anchor motif in the middle.Not the luxury of carpets in the bedrooms, just lino, and I cant really remember what the kitchen was like. Round the corner not far from where we lived was a row of shops with a little supermarket ,I think was called Vi's. I was pregnant when I first moved into the estate and we had to go see the midwife in one of the flats which was converted into something like a welfare office but I seem to think I had to go to the doctors down in the village. Went onto Google earth the other day and actually found the block I lived in and printed off a picture for my daughter as she had never seen where she lived when she was born. Oh happy days !!!!!
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Post by: Lyn L on October 31, 2011, 14:55:55
Hi Wilmur57,
Funny you should mention the maisonettes today. We were in the area on Friday and went and had a look at the maisonette we lived in . We did have a ground floor one so were lucky from the coal point of view, but that fire wasn't my hubby's favourite thing, he ended up with no eyebrows when the gas poker blew back when he lit it one day  :) Our loose covers were a horrible dingy beige colour but we never asked for different ones, and I remember the tally man doing his rounds. Also the welfare office in one of the other flats. I kept my own Dr as I came from Gillingham, so rarely went down the village in Walderslade, plus opposite our flat there lived a  Chief PO and his wife who was a nurse, and she used to give out advice if any of the wives needed it, saved a visit to the Dr if it was easily remedied.
Some of the flats and houses look just as they did but the majority have been updated now, I enjoyed living there. There was just one shop on Dargets Road itself when we moved there,  it's now been altered to a bungalow, the others opened shortly before we moved. Oh, I forgot to mention the bedspreads with the anchor  :) and foam mattresses ! and the dark brown tiled floors  :)
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Post by: louisewomble on January 22, 2012, 18:21:33
The naval estate - as it's known locally is still there!  I have friends who live in those houses - they were all auctioned off about 20 years ago, discounts gong to ex/service service families. 
The later pics of Walderslade are interesting - I hadn't seen those before.  Many plots of land in Lords Wood and Walderslade were sold off to Dockyard workers in the 50/60's.  An old couple I knew bought a plot in the old part of Lordswood lane many moons ago.  He was in the Navy and bought the plot weekly out of his wages.  He owned it a good 10 years before he built on it and they lived in the house until he died.  The house was auctioned off and the garden "land-grabbed" by a greedy new owner! 
Many of the plots were used as weekedn retreats - this area was then out in the country and consdered very rural.  Many people raised tin houses which were purchase in kit form, others built wahtever they could.  Some used old railway carriges.  There's a house along Princes avenue that I think could be built of train carriages - if so it may well be the last.  The lady who lives in it will probably be the last to - unless it gets preserves for future generations - it would make a lovely museum for local history!  But it'll probably end up as 3 building plots - like most of the others have!
My sister used to live in Brendon Avenue - which is just above and behind the school in Dargets hill!
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Post by: YoungNan on January 26, 2012, 22:16:22


Oh how Ive loved looking at those photos.  Ive lived in Walderslade all my life, went to Walderslade Girls School in the late 60's/early 70's.  I remember having a friend who live in Lordswood, going to see her and thought it was the back of beyond!! Buses only ran 1 an hour...oh how its changed! 
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Post by: Ajemp on February 12, 2012, 12:42:40
[IMG]http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u405
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Post by: Ajemp on February 14, 2012, 20:57:18
(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u405/anthonyempett/SCAN0014.jpg)



not sure about the year of this picture but plenty of spare land around!!!

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Post by: Ajemp on February 14, 2012, 21:14:13
(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u405/anthonyempett/SCAN0015.jpg)



This photo I took about 20 plus years ago .....check the fuel prices,  lots of changes not so much land left to build on.
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Post by: davidt on February 14, 2012, 21:26:53
Great photo Ajemp - thanks for sharing it. I would think it is probably closer to 30 years ago than 20, as it's pre-bypass. Not sure when that was built but it was definitely a good few years before 1992. Have you got any more photos of Walderslade from that era? I'm sure there are a few of us who'd love to see them.
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Post by: Ajemp on February 14, 2012, 22:00:12
Hi Davidt' glad you like the photos, i'll check  for more, [only just worked out photo bucket]
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Post by: Spekes Bottom on February 14, 2012, 23:15:21
I think the bypass opened in 1986. As regards to dating the photo, When was petrol 76p a Gallon?
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Post by: smiler on February 15, 2012, 07:15:31
Anybody remember or have a photo of the Robin Hood Cafe would have stood to the right of the land that the garage was built on1950s
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Post by: kyn on February 15, 2012, 09:16:56
This is a general topic about Walderslade Valley as a whole and individual places should not be discussed here.
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Post by: davidt on February 15, 2012, 19:44:40
Thought I'd share my latest purchases for my postcard collection with you all (just don't ask how much!!!)


(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0001-6.jpg)

For those of you who don't recognise the view, this is taken from the bank behind Chestnut Avenue looking down onto what is now the main shopping area. The view now would mostly be of the new Co-op. I believe the building roughly in the centre was the original Co-op. The row of cottages on the left are still there on the Walderslade Road, which comes in from the bottom left corner. What is now the Sherwood Oak can be seen in the distance on the road running left to right.

(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0002-6.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0003-4.jpg)

This card shows The Homestead on what was Victoria Road and is now Princes Avenue. The road running behind the house is Dargets Road. The back is equally interesting as it is advertising the original plots of land which were for sale in the area. No dates are shown, but I think it must be early 1900s.
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Post by: numanfan on February 15, 2012, 20:17:14
Great photos, thanks for sharing them :)
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Post by: Ajemp on February 15, 2012, 20:28:01


 fabulous photos  ..........where did you find them?  ........cant believe that  so much  has changed, I  wonder what the pace of  life was then , it looks so tranquill , thanks for showing them.
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Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on February 15, 2012, 20:39:46


 fabulous photos  ..........where did you find them?  ........cant believe that  so much  has changed, I  wonder what the pace of  life was then , it looks so tranquill , thanks for showing them.

It still is tranquil :)
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Post by: davidt on February 15, 2012, 23:19:45
The pace of life was much slower then. I have heard that Walderslade was a popular place for a Sunday walk from Chatham. I think a lot of people only came as far as the Hook and Hatchet though (now the Poachers Pocket). Also heard another tale that the road came to a sudden end where two large trees met. I suppose it still is relatively tranquil Chatham_Girl85 - compared with some other places!

I tracked these ones down on one of the well known online auction sites Ajemp. They don't come up very often though. I missed out on another copy (or maybe even the same one) of the advertising card a few years ago.

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Post by: Leofwine on February 16, 2012, 01:46:35


 fabulous photos  ..........where did you find them?  ........cant believe that  so much  has changed, I  wonder what the pace of  life was then , it looks so tranquill , thanks for showing them.

It still is tranquil :)

....in between the police sirens and screeching of boy racer's tyres! :)
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Post by: Ajemp on February 16, 2012, 11:33:07
(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u405/anthonyempett/SCAN0021.jpg)



Just found this pic  heading into village, how things have changed.
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Post by: smiler on February 16, 2012, 13:12:17
davidt put me down for 1/2dozen bungalows please :)
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Post by: Ajemp on February 16, 2012, 15:15:19
(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u405/anthonyempett/SCAN0019.jpg)


Not sure  iif this  is part of Walderslate or not,  where is the boundry ?
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Post by: davidt on February 16, 2012, 17:32:24
You've asked an interesting question there Ajemp. I'm not sure what the official answer is. Personally I class Chatham as going up to the Magpie Hall Road end of Waterworks Hill, Walderslade starting at The Poachers Pocket (formerly the Hook and Hatchet shown in the card) and the bit in between as Wayfield. That's only my personal opinion though.

Historically, the valley part of Waterworks Hill was a hamlet called Snodhurst (also known as Snolledge), there was a separate hamlet around the Hook and Hatchet pub and Walderslade itself was the farming area around the Homestead (see my previous picture).

The other picture you posted is interesting as it is almost the reverse of my view - it's looking back through the village and the hill in the background is where the photographer for my view must have been standing.

Both pictures you posted (and your older Robin Hood Lane picture) come from a set of 12 (or possibly two sets of 6) postcards from around the 1920s. I have the full set and I'll post the rest on here at some point.
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Post by: Ajemp on February 16, 2012, 17:56:08

 Thanks for your help on pics, Walderslade boys school  was allways in the boundries  , but Weedswood wasn't ...........not sure .
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Post by: smiler on February 16, 2012, 19:28:13
Look forward to more pics davidt
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Post by: davidt on February 17, 2012, 17:58:56
Now that shows how opinions differ Ajemp. I've always thought of Weedswood as part of Walderslade, but again that's just my own opinion. The other debate of course is where does Walderslade become Lordswood? I've always thought it was once you got to the flat bit at the top of Dargets Road, so everything once the hill levelled out was Lordswood and everything on the hill was still Walderslade. I'm sure there are others who would disagree...

I suppose that's the problem where different communities/towns/villages run into each other. It seems to have always been a problem in the Medway area. I think I remember a quote from Dickens about not knowing where the boundaries are for Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham.

I'm just scanning my other pictures now, so I should be able to upload them shortly.
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Post by: davidt on February 17, 2012, 18:21:41
Finally, as promised, here are pictures of the rest of my Walderslade postcards:

(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0010-1.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0009-2.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0006-3.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0007-2.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0005-3.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0004-3.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0002-7.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0003-5.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0001-7.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG_0008-2.jpg)
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Post by: Lyn L on February 17, 2012, 20:02:47
What great pics, thanks davidt, there's a bit of difference now  :)
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Post by: Ajemp on February 17, 2012, 20:16:24
 
What a  great collection Davidt , in very good condition ,thanks for posting them,  the  changes  are amazing  the area  of undeveloped land  I wish Iwas back there. peace  and quiet, you can only imagine it.
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Post by: smiler on February 18, 2012, 06:45:57
Very good davidt love to see then and now.
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Post by: peterchall on February 18, 2012, 09:02:05
Regarding the posts of 16th February on Boundaries, there is a map of the Medway local authority ward boundaries in this link:
http://www.medway.gov.uk/councilanddemocracy/elections/previouselections/councilelections2011/resultsindetail2011.aspx

But to confuse the issue, parts of Walderslade are in Maidstone local authority area, and parts are in Tonbridge and Malling for parliamentary elections. And the boundary between Chatham and Gillingham 'zig-zags' from one side of the road to the other up Chatham Hill and along Watling Street between Luton Arches and Barnsole Road.


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Post by: Ajemp on February 18, 2012, 17:57:05


 Yes Peterchall, things are a bit confusing, my  daughter lives in  Walderslade and their area comes under  Maidstone ,. it gets worse we have some freinds, not far from them and they come under Tonbridge and Malling it  makes no sense at all.
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Post by: Lyn L on February 18, 2012, 18:20:39
Even at the bottom of Bluebell Hill , it comes under Tonbridge and Malling, very confusing
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Post by: Ajemp on February 18, 2012, 18:32:54
 I wonder if the rates are very differant?
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Post by: Leofwine on February 18, 2012, 18:58:32
Regarding the posts of 16th February on Boundaries, there is a map of the Medway local authority ward boundaries in this link:
http://www.medway.gov.uk/councilanddemocracy/elections/previouselections/councilelections2011/resultsindetail2011.aspx

But to confuse the issue, parts of Walderslade are in Maidstone local authority area, and parts are in Tonbridge and Malling for parliamentary elections. And the boundary between Chatham and Gillingham 'zig-zags' from one side of the road to the other up Chatham Hill and along Watling Street between Luton Arches and Barnsole Road.

And I bet if you throw in parish boundaries it will get even more confusing!
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Post by: libistar on February 18, 2012, 23:24:18
These photos are incredible, its strange because with time everything changes life and the city changes, but when you flash back looking at old picture you  can still some of the history before and after.
Especially with one of the other threads in the forum regarding the Skyline at the old granville hotel, that was bombed and I think was used by the Canadians (http://www.marketplaceweddings.com) as a hospital
   
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Post by: davidt on March 03, 2012, 16:02:27
Yet another newly acquired postcard. This one shows Reeves bus at the bottom of Robin Hood Lane. Probably 1920s.

(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae226/davidt131/IMG-6.jpg)
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Post by: Ajemp on March 07, 2012, 11:52:35

 What a fabulous photo, cant believe the open countryside  what a great find!!
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Post by: YoungNan on October 11, 2012, 17:42:10

I noticed a house up for auction which overlooks the now Petrol station/Sherwood Oak pub

http://www.cliveemson.co.uk/listing_view.asp?Lot=22&Auc=157
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Post by: 80sChild on August 15, 2016, 17:06:04
Great photo Ajemp - thanks for sharing it. I would think it is probably closer to 30 years ago than 20, as it's pre-bypass. Not sure when that was built but it was definitely a good few years before 1992. Have you got any more photos of Walderslade from that era? I'm sure there are a few of us who'd love to see them.

I know I definitely would! :)

I grew up around that area as child in the 1980's and I have such fond memories of the village and the woodlands.
Unfortunately my family have practically NO photographs of Walderslade during the 70s and 80s AT ALL! The only pictures of Walderslade we have are all family photos of our family and house.

If I'm honest, that colour photo of the garage is the closest I've actually seen from that time.
I've spent ages in the past searching online for pictures like that, but old photos of Walderslade seem to be either very recent pictures (taken in the last few years) or those dating back to the 1920s and 30s (which for me is a bit too far back - my grandparents didn't even move to the village until the 1960s!).
As far as I can tell, there's practically NO photos of Walderslade in the 70s and 80s online at all.

I would so love to see if there are any pictures of Walderslade in the mid 1970s to the 1980s available anywhere online, just to see if it compares to how my (distant) memories remember the place!
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Post by: lordraglan on September 17, 2016, 20:59:53
Some used old railway carriges.  There's a house along Princes avenue that I think could be built of train carriages - if so it may well be the last.  The lady who lives in it will probably be the last to - unless it gets preserves for future generations - it would make a lovely museum for local history!  But it'll probably end up as 3 building plots - like most of the others have!
My sister used to live in Brendon Avenue - which is just above and behind the school in Dargets hill!

Been up and down this road looking for this house made of train carriages .... Anyone know the approximate location? Would really love to see it.
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Post by: jimawilliams on September 17, 2016, 23:52:30
80sChild,

Previously I have chanced upon

http://s974.photobucket.com/user/davidt131/library/?sort=3&page=2

This contains quite a variety of early Medway area including Walderslade.  Hope you find this of interest.


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Post by: Dave Smith on September 22, 2016, 20:43:58
From 1962 'till about 1972, my parents lived at "Rozelle", Princes Ave., Walderslade. It was a 3 bed, living room & bathroom  + kitchen extension at the rear, corrugated iron bungalow with veranda on 3 sides, about 100yds. past Dargetts Lane on th L.H.side. ( They built a pair of semi's there when my Mother moved away). In those days Princes Ave. was Unmade- very!- from Dargetts to Luton. I'm sure I, or my Dad- who cycled to Luton regularly- would have noticed a railway carriage along there, unless it was very well concealed.
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Post by: 80sChild on September 23, 2016, 16:27:56
80sChild,

Previously I have chanced upon

http://s974.photobucket.com/user/davidt131/library/?sort=3&page=2

This contains quite a variety of early Medway area including Walderslade.  Hope you find this of interest.

Some of those pictures are great.

This one for example:

http://s974.photobucket.com/user/davidt131/media/001.jpg.html?sort=3&o=26

Has far as I can tell that was about 1968, so that would have been about the time my father and his parents (my grandparents) would have been around that area. :)

But for me this is perhaps the best picture of the Village I've (so far) come across:

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u405/anthonyempett/SCAN0015.jpg

Posted earlier on this thread by another member, I love it because (a) it's the first picture I've seen so far that's actually in COLOUR and (b) it's probably the closest to the late 70's/early 80's period I've seen yet. :)
Not sure when it was taken, but judging by the red car hidden behind the hedge halfway up (which I think might be a Cortina) it's probably the late 70's (about 77 onwards, possibly).

I've not shown my father these pictures yet, I think he's going to like them!

Also, I've noticed a few of the Pentagon Centre in there has well. Again, looking at them this is also something I really remember from my childhood, but I'll save that for another thread. :)
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Post by: conan on September 23, 2016, 19:29:21
Petrol prices were between 76 and 78 pence per gallon (ah those were the days) in the years between 1976 and 1978,which dates the picture quite nicely

https://www.theaa.com/public_affairs/reports/Petrol_Prices_1896_todate_gallons.pdf
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Post by: lordraglan on October 30, 2016, 08:59:47
There appears to be a train-carriage house along Princes Avenue - Length and shape check out. Can't imagine it will last long on that much land though.

(http://i.imgur.com/vFs9fHWl.png)


(http://i.imgur.com/47yDzC7l.png)
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Post by: 80sChild on November 17, 2016, 13:02:35
Never noticed that before! It's one of those things you could quite easily miss whilst traveling by. Might keep an eye out for that...

I was watching a show on Channel 4 called George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, and apparently after the First World War a lot of old carriages were sold off, and many of them ended up in people's gardens as sheds and summer houses.

Some of them even housed wounded soldiers from the war, who recuperated there...
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Post by: 80sChild on March 25, 2017, 14:45:54
When I was a child living in Walderslade we would sometimes go for a walk into the woods as a family.

But there's one memory that's always intrigued me and that is I have a very faint, almost blurred memory that there use to be some swings and a slide in the woods, near the base of the path that leads up to the end of Tunbury Avenue South, near the School.

A few years ago, just out of curiosity,  I actually went back to Walderslade, just to see how much the area has changed over the years (I'll leave that story for another time...).

As I entered the woodlands I remembered these faint memories, and I thought I`d try and look for them.

Both to my JOY and ASTONHISHMENT I discovered that they were still there!  :)

Unfortunately, both the swings and the slide themselves have long since gone (probably due to vandalism), but the foundations are still visible in the ground.

In the next two pictures you can clearly see the concrete base that the slide was attached to in the undergrowth:

https://postimg.org/image/j35apbmix/

https://postimg.org/image/p5cxftayx/

And in this photo, if you look closely, you just about see the remains of the steps leading up to the top of the slide, which ran along next to it:

https://postimg.org/image/4nwkhwo95/

You can make out two faint wooden levels in the centre of the picture.

The only thing I can find is the base of the swings. From what I can recall I think it was next to the slide on the left hand side, and there is a large opening there, but I can't find any traces of concrete foundations in the ground.

Seeing how old I was when I faintly remembered it that must be at least 40 years old by now.

Like I said, I was/am glad to have come upon it again after all these years.  :)

If anyone else was living in that area during the 70's and 80's I'd be curious to hear if anyone else can remember this.
Title: Re: Walderslade Valley
Post by: 80sChild on October 03, 2017, 13:52:26
To all those who live there (or visit the village regularly) does anyone remember that old white wooden house on the hill opposite the Co-op? Next to the Dentists?

The house has been empty for some time now. I went into the village this morning to do some shopping, and to my alarm there were the diggers in the grounds tearing up the land.
Also I noticed what appears to the houses interior stripped out and dumped outside, so it looks like it's about to be demolished and torn down. :(

It's a shame because it looks like that house is decades.
Title: Re: Walderslade Valley
Post by: Lyn L on October 03, 2017, 17:37:19
Do you mean this one 80s Child ?

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=11890.msg176483#msg176483
Title: Re: Walderslade Valley
Post by: 80sChild on October 04, 2017, 13:12:15
Yes!

Has far as I can tell, using that Google maps application, that's been there since the 1940's, maybe even longer.

It's a shame because by the looks of it it's probably one of just a handful of houses from that time still in existence in that area.

A bet the village looked a LOT different when it was first built... :)
Title: Re: Walderslade Valley
Post by: Roseann on October 05, 2017, 08:49:34
Petrol prices were between 76 and 78 pence per gallon (ah those were the days) in the years between 1976 and 1978,which dates the picture quite nicely

https://www.theaa.com/public_affairs/reports/Petrol_Prices_1896_todate_gallons.pdf

Railways carriages were often used as housing after the first world war for soldiers as the housing was of limited supply .
Below is one in Dungeness . There are a few in Dymchurch also.
Title: Re: Walderslade Valley
Post by: 80sChild on October 06, 2017, 13:17:25
Do you mean this one 80s Child ?

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=11890.msg176483#msg176483

I went down there again this morning, and I'm afraid to say that it has now COMPLETELY GONE! They have totally demolished it now. :(

Of course we all know some property developer just going to build fancy houses there now...