Military => Wartime Memories => Topic started by: smiffy on March 21, 2013, 14:13:06

Title: Wartime queue
Post by: smiffy on March 21, 2013, 14:13:06
This picture was supposedly taken in Chatham. However, I'm having trouble placing where it is. It appears that the building is a Westminster bank but does not look familiar to me - the pavement looks quite broad and possibly curved which suggests this may be some other Kent location.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: Ted H on March 21, 2013, 16:15:33
It looks as if they were queueing for new-potatoes. If my memory is right I don't think potatoes were ever rationed during the war years. To the left of the boy, standing with his back to the camera, seems to be a pile of bananas. They were certainly NOT available during the War.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: Robin on March 21, 2013, 17:25:17
Interesting photo, seems to be only one man in the queue, what is the lady in the centre holding up, oranges, are they bananas by the boy on the left.  Looking at the reflection in the windows, is that a Church across the road.  I seem to remember that I had my first banana in 1944, my father, who was a policeman, got a few from an American serviceman from the local base.

Robin. 
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: smiffy on March 21, 2013, 17:29:02
It states that the queue is for oranges and lemons, early in the war. No mention of bananas!
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: busyglen on March 21, 2013, 18:58:32
I thought the woman was holding up 3 eggs, but could be small lemons, and I think what Ted H thought was bananas looks more like rhubarb.  If you look at the ends they look like the white part where they have been pulled.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: overwallop on March 21, 2013, 19:11:29
Can anybody see the word "Farrows" or something similar on the left side.  Not sure what the word below it could be though.

I was also trying to identify the Kent Messenger photograph.  The Westminster Bank amalgamated or took over the Chatham Bank of Jefferys & Hill in 1839 and were located in the High Street. This probably doesn't help in determining the location though.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: busyglen on March 21, 2013, 19:33:54
Can anybody see the word "Farrows" or something similar on the left side.  Not sure what the word below it could be though.

I thought it was a wickerwork basket, but you can sort of make out Farrows, or is it just the way the light catches it?
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: smiffy on March 21, 2013, 20:48:16
Hard to make out, but I think it may say "Farrows Sauces".
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: lutonman1 on April 13, 2018, 10:43:51
I would say Gillingham. Where else is there a Westminster Bank with a church opposite ----- St. Marks.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: smiffy on April 13, 2018, 20:15:15
I don't think it's the bank opposite St. Marks lutonman1 - the windows are the wrong shape.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: bromptonboy on April 14, 2018, 15:27:56
Looks like the Nat West Bank in Military Road Chatham.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: smiffy on April 14, 2018, 20:49:22
Once again, the windows are a different design.

Having investigated further, I believe it may be the Tonbridge branch.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: editorsfoot on April 15, 2018, 21:00:03
Yes, its certainly Tonbridge, it even has the curved pavement outside. A clear view of the bank can be seen here https://www.pressreader.com/uk/kent-messenger-maidstone/20111007/282299611919851 , but no sign of what was next door.

One query about dating it as 1939 - 1945 though is the lack of any blast protection on the windows, so maybe a post war austerity queue.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: conan on April 15, 2018, 21:36:19
Here's a screen shot from dear ol'  google

(https://i.imgur.com/x0wy3ATl.jpg)
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: Bryn Clinch on April 16, 2018, 08:21:12
Is that Ashford, conan?
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: conan on April 16, 2018, 12:57:30
No definitely Tonbridge, junction of High Street and Castle street.
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Post by: Nemo on April 16, 2018, 17:47:19
I'm getting the "pillars" but not the 3 WW2 windows vs the 2 current ones...
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Post by: filmer01 on April 16, 2018, 17:56:07
The three to the left? The centre one now houses an ATM but the old picture has three identical windows.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: smiffy on April 16, 2018, 18:12:31
A clearer view of the modern facade seventy odd years later...


Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: Nemo on April 16, 2018, 21:03:46
Aargh - left you say - I get it now! Yup, good find!
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: smiffy on April 16, 2018, 23:04:04
After five years we've finally cleared that one up!
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: Roseann on April 17, 2018, 14:57:34
Does anyone know what the building with the cross reflected in the older picture is ?
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: filmer01 on April 17, 2018, 18:00:27
There is a Methodist Church across the road, just into East Street, and it has crosses on the top of the gables. It all still fits :)
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: Roseann on April 18, 2018, 19:44:40
There is a Methodist Church across the road, just into East Street, and it has crosses on the top of the gables. It all still fits :)

East street in Chatham do you mean ?
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: filmer01 on April 18, 2018, 20:08:50
Errr no, East Street, Tonbridge.
Title: Re: Wartime queue
Post by: Roseann on April 19, 2018, 18:43:34
Oh lol I see .