Transportation => General Transportation => Topic started by: bonniebee2012 on June 05, 2012, 19:10:19

Title: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: bonniebee2012 on June 05, 2012, 19:10:19
Does anyone remember the mosaic road map that was outside of the service station in the 1960s?  If so, do you know what happened to it and, if it still exists, where is it now? 
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: GP on June 10, 2012, 21:28:51
No.

But here is an interesting link about Farthing Corner services

http://www.msatrivia.co.uk/m2-farthing-corner-medway-services/
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: Far away on October 23, 2012, 07:59:11
Bonniebee2012, can you describe the location of the map? Was it on the side of a building or a separate structure? If we know the old location, someone might be able to have a look. It might have been rendered over or something if it was on the side of a building.
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: mmitch on October 23, 2012, 12:21:18
I remember a mosaic by the steps from the carpark up to the floor level outside.
It was on the London bound side but I expect there was one both sides.
I have not been in there this year though.
mmitch.
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: bonniebee2012 on October 30, 2012, 15:26:59
It was a separate structure approx 7 feet high by 16 feet across on the level above the car park.  I don't know if it was on both sides but I have a photo which indicates that it was taken on the 'westbound' side of the motorway.  I have a postcard of it called 'Top Rank Motorway Service M2 Farthing Corner Kent' taken in the 60s presumably when it was first opened.  Does anyone know what happened to it? 
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: bonniebee2012 on October 30, 2012, 15:30:03
(Continued from previous posting).....it stood next to the services building. 
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: Del on January 23, 2013, 21:56:41
Yes Bonniebee I do remember the mosaic road map on the Farthing corner services and it was on the East bound side that I remember it from, so it was obviously on both sides.
My friends and I used to visit the services area in the 60's soon after we all passed our driving tests and used to meet there for a coffee or whatever.
Must admit though that I have no idea when or where it went but it might be covered up with something.
Only time will tell when the whole lot is knocked down perhaps.
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: epbenthusiast on April 30, 2013, 11:29:43
Here are some links showing photos taken from a 'Look at Life' programme showing the opening of Farthing Corner:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8695766508/in/photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8695766508/in/photostream)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8694645463/in/photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8694645463/in/photostream)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8694645507/in/photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8694645507/in/photostream)
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: Scrumdown on June 26, 2013, 13:20:25
Here are some links showing photos taken from a 'Look at Life' programme showing the opening of Farthing Corner:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8695766508/in/photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8695766508/in/photostream)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8694645463/in/photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8694645463/in/photostream)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8694645507/in/photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16299801@N03/8694645507/in/photostream)

And here's a link to the programme itself on iPlayer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b033664h/Britain_on_Film_Series_2_Road_Rail_and_Runways/

It's viewable until next Monday (1 July) and the section on the Medway services is only on for a minute at about 12 mins through, but it's worth seeing.  I watch ALL these Britain On Films.  Fascinating stuff.
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: mmitch on June 26, 2013, 15:42:19
Just like those people in the film, I can remember driving down to 'Farthing Corner'
in the 60s for a coffee on a nice evening.  :)
mmitch.
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: Scrumdown on June 27, 2013, 08:07:10
Just like those people in the film, I can remember driving down to 'Farthing Corner'
in the 60s for a coffee on a nice evening.  :)
mmitch.

Back in the 80's it was a post-pub venue for me and my mates.  A big, greasy dog-burger and an Operation Wolf marathon.....class!   :)
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: AlanH on June 28, 2013, 09:55:23
As a cab driver in the towns, myself and the others doing night shifts went there or the coffee stall in Chatham many times. Ate some weird stuff like pancakes and ice cream with maple syrup on. :)
And then I wondered why I couldn't sleep when I got home!
AlanH.
Title: Re: Farthing Corner Services 1960s M2
Post by: jimawilliams on January 13, 2018, 22:08:11
The "Look at Life" video is now available to view on YouTube.  Farthing Corner section begins at 14 minutes 57 seconds.
See  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgOxglry8Dw