Leisure => Retail => Topic started by: numanfan on February 24, 2010, 14:54:05

Title: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: numanfan on February 24, 2010, 14:54:05


Serious question here:  who/when was it decided to put a centre white line in the roads?
Title: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: numanfan on September 20, 2010, 19:10:04
1960's
Title: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: Leofwine on September 20, 2010, 21:24:17
Yes it is flats, with bloody awkward access if you are delivering sofas there! (As I had to to many times in recent years!  :) ) I've been in a number of flats there but the ones I've seen retain very few if any old features internally, but at least they've kept (and restored) the outside looking original.
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: Rochester-bred on March 18, 2014, 13:18:46
My brother used to work at Leech's for a good few years and told me recently that when they went into the basement there was a train track that was there. He was told it had been used in the war (not sure which) to ferry in wooden cart's torpedos. I am not sure if this was what it was used for but he said he did see the track's. I do know that on the other side under the railway bridge past Bath Hard Lane there was a train station but do not think it was anything to do with this. Maybe someone here may know more as I would love to be able to tell my brother if this was the use of the carts.
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: AlanH on March 19, 2014, 08:44:13
I had a mate (Alan James) worked there when we were teens (early 60s?)and I vaguely remember him saying about a rail track of some kind. Haven't seen him for many years as I lost track when we came to Oz but believe he's also (or was) out here somewhere.
AlanH.
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: grandarog on March 19, 2014, 11:29:52
"Serious question here:  who / when was it decided to put a centre white line in the roads?"

In England, the idea of painting a centre white line was first experimented with in 1921 in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Following complaints by residents over reckless driving and several collisions, the Sutton Coldfield Corporation decided to paint the line on Maney Corner in the area of Maney.[17]

Source Wikipedia.
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: Rochester-bred on March 19, 2014, 18:49:23
I am a bit confused here what has a 'white line' got to do with Leech's .
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: merc on March 19, 2014, 20:14:14
I think one of my brothers might have worked at Leech's for a while too.

Does anyone know when it closed please?
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: grandarog on March 19, 2014, 20:26:44
I am a bit confused here what has a 'white line' got to do with Leech's .

I dont know, Numanfan asked so he will know. :)
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: numanfan on March 20, 2014, 07:32:10
I am a bit confused here what has a 'white line' got to do with Leech's .

I dont know, Numanfan asked so he will know. :)

I asked the question on my very first post on this thread, because the photo showed there wasn't a white line outside Leech's, and I thought that most main roads nowadays do. When I took my photo for the 'then & now' post, I realized there still isn't a white line down the middle. (Although there is one as you approach the Star Hill end of the High Street & at the Chatham Intra end :))

(Probably best not to mention it anymore on this thread, completely off-topic).

Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: Troyboy on March 20, 2014, 09:26:25
As a child in the fifties, I was one of the scavengers in the spoil heaps at the back of Leech's looking for discarded lenses to play with. i.e. trying to focus the sun's rays to ignite a piece of paper etc.
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: Signals99 on March 20, 2014, 10:24:29
I had a childhood pal, Richard Hallet, who lived in Union Street Rochester. He served an apprenticeship at Leeches as a polisher, five years as I recall.

Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: Rochester-bred on March 20, 2014, 11:25:48
I am not sure when Leech's closed as my brother left in the 70s to move to another firm maybe someone else knows.
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: KeithJG on November 28, 2016, 20:49:10
Leech Ltd. Rochester was set up in June 1947 and dissolved in March 1999.
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: Bryn Clinch on November 29, 2016, 09:07:16
As a child in the fifties, I was one of the scavengers in the spoil heaps at the back of Leech's looking for discarded lenses to play with. i.e. trying to focus the sun's rays to ignite a piece of paper etc.
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: Signals99 on November 29, 2016, 16:27:52
 This information may or may not be of interest re Leeches of Rochester .An anti submarine bomb   named Squid , was the main underwater warfare weapon of the RN.at that time. Bomb shaped it was fired from a 'mortar ' ahead of the ship. It was fitted with a depth detonation setting device,covered by a lens to facilitate setting (very small numbers ,hard to see) the lenses were all manufactured at Leeches ,of Rochester . We had boxes of them on hold in Lodge Hill RNAD.
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: conan on November 29, 2016, 20:23:58
 Photos of the Leech building

(http://i.imgur.com/IFNPd2ml.jpg)

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3687158


there's also a few Leech built model locos as being sold on E bay and the like

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-us/auction-catalogues/lacy-scott-and-knight/catalogue-id-srlac10063/lot-d1c4f235-de63-4dc3-adc3-a43b001c6b9f
Title: Re: Leech's, Rochester High Street
Post by: KeithJG on November 29, 2016, 21:19:32
My Mother's eldest sister, my Aunt Maisie, worked at Leeches for years but, having drifted away from that side of my family as my Mother died when I was 11yrs old I never got to know my Aunt very much, just knew she worked there.