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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2015, 15:30:44 »
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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2015, 21:14:12 »
A chronological list of pipemakers of the Medway towns.

I.T. James Thompson, Strood, c. 1657.
I.H. John Holloway, Chatham, c. 1684.
D.R. Daniel Remvant, Rochester, c.1684.
T.K. Thomas Kipps, Rochester, c. 1689.
E.E. Edward Evans, Rochester, d.1702.
I.S. James Sutton, Rochester, d.1707.
I.H. John Hads, Strood, c. 1712.
I.P. John Phillips, Rochester, c. 1715.
W.D. William Danby, Rochester, d.1715.
T.G. Thomas Gosling, Chatham, c. 1724.
I.L. Joseph Libon, Rochester, c. 1741.
D.W. Daniel Woodhouse, Rochester, c. 1741-1771.
C.F. Christopher Foy, Rochester, c. 1749.
I.M. Joseph Milsom, Rochester, c. 1750.
I.M. James Milsom, Rochester, c. 1751.
G.S. George Spenland, Rochester, c. 1751.
I.C. James Cutbush, Strood, c. 1758-1761.
P.D. P. Dodson, Strood, c. 1758.
H.G. Howe Green, Rochester, c. 1761-1780.
C.H. Christopher Hads, Rochester, c. 1771.
I.H. John Halls, Rochester, c. 1771.
I.S. John Sloper, Rochester, c. 1771.
T.W. Thomas Webb, Rochester, c. 1780.
I.C. John Cornes, Rochester, c. 1795.
G.B. George Birchall, Chatham, c. 1800-1840.
C.B. Charles Birchall, Chatham, c. 1822-1847.
P.S. Peter Styles, Chatham, c. 1822.
J.S. J. Smith, Chatham, c. 1825.
T.C. Thomas Clifford, Chatham, c.1831.
R.J. Rueben Jennings, Chatham, c. 1831.
S.F. Samuel French, Chatham, c. 1838.
J.A. Joseph Anderson, Rochester, c. 1839-1851.
C.P. C. Philley, Chatham, c. 1840.
J.W. J. Winyard, Chatham, c. 1840.
G.C. George Chambers, Strood, c. 1847.
S.F. Samuel Finch, Chatham, c.1847.
H.H. H. Hunt, Chatham, c. 1847.
G.P. George Phillips, c. 1847.
R.A. R. Anderson, Rochester, c. 1850.
J.H. John Hawley, Chatham, c. 1858-1877.
R.H. Richard Hinkins, Snr., Chatham, c. 1880-1920.
C.L. Charles Leach, Rochester, c. 1904.
R.H. Richard Hinkins, Jnr., Chatham, c. 1908-1940.


Taken from Clay Tobacco Pipes from Chatham, a 10 page paper by D. E. Williams. Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 95 1979.
Available online @ http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/Vol.095 - 1979/095-14 Clay Tobacco Pipes from Chatham.pdf

Introduction
"Between the summer of 1978 and spring of 1979 excavations for the foundations of a new store at 220-250 High Street, Chatham, revealed at least twenty rubbish-and cess-pits. the pits ranged in date from the early eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. The fills of the pits produced a large amount of pottery and clay pipes."
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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2012, 11:57:46 »
That is a great pipe!  Thank you for adding the photos :)

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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2012, 11:05:56 »
Here are pictures of the R.A.O.B. clay pipe from Hinkins of Chatham..


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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2011, 22:50:27 »
I have no info on the RAOB but found out a little bit of info on the net, the chap states....

I have him listed on the 1901 census living in Chatham, Kent and in listed in Kelly's Trade Directory of Kent 1903 as

GEORGE HINKINS, 37 JENKINS DALE, CHATHAM
CLAY TOBACCO PIPE MAKER

and ten years later in Kelly's Trade Directory of Kent 1913 as

GEORGE HINKINS, 29 JENKINS DALE, CHATHAM
CLAY TOBACCO PIPE MAKER

This was listed on an online forum. The Buffs started around 1822 as far as I can find out but where they met in Chatham you probably know better than me. I have seen many RAOB pipes over the years some with names others without, I keep hoping to turn up a Sheerness one :) but can only manage my old home towns of Plumstead and Woolwich. I will get one, one day!
What a nice way to find a local pipe, in your back garden...I never have that sort of luck.

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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2011, 21:18:22 »
The only Clay pipe I have from that area is Hinkins Chatham which is impressed either side of the stem. It is a RAOB pipe with the buffalo head in relief to the front of the bowl. Local directories would be your best bet I should think.

I found one of those in my back garden in Brompton some years ago. I don't know how many Lodges/Institutes the RAOB had in the Medway Towns or over what date range, but I do know that the Dock Yard Hotel in Middle Street, Brompton Closed in 1919 and from 1920-1935 it became the RAOB Institute. I'd assumed that the one I found dated from this period, but this is quite a bit outside snodlandmalc's dates. I wonder if the RAOB used to meet in the Dock Yard Hotel before it closed, then took it over after closure?
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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2011, 18:50:53 »
Hinkins was making pipes from 1900 to about 1913 his works were in Jenkins Dale which is near Bryant St off New Road,so not far from you ! They might have been dropped by walkers or thrown away by previous occupants ?

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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2011, 18:16:13 »
My sister in law (no longer with us) used to work in a pipe factory which was somewhere near Corporation street the bridge end in Rochester this was well over 40/50 years ago I think , dont know if this might have been a clay pipe place before that .
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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2011, 18:11:27 »
hello malc, yes it has hinkins and chatham on it and the animal head at the front - i found the whole pipe but i think i broke it when i was digging, it was a clean break and i glued it back together, I found a few other bits of pipes to, broken bowls and a couple of the long bits too, that was about 10 years ago.  I dont know anything about bottles but some of them look very old,  i will photograph them when i get back from my holiday - yes my garden is in medway, at the top of chatham hill,  my son likes digging holes down the end of the garden it slopes away down towards upper luton road and is mostly overgrown - he found a few tiny bottles a few weeks ago that he was pretty pleased with.  Not sure how old the pipes are, i though it was odd though because my house was built in 1937 and i assume those kind of pipes and bottles are older than that.

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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2011, 17:51:05 »
hi Sallyanne,thats interesting to know,did it have hinkins on it ?did u find any pipe stem fragments ? I would be interested to know what the bottles were as I collect them from the medway towns.Is your garden in medway? malc

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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 17:30:57 »
I found a pipe exactly like you just described in my garden when i was planting potatoes - a very exciting discovery :-) well it pleased me anyway, found a few interesting glass bottles and bones over the years too.

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Re: Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011, 17:10:03 »
The only Clay pipe I have from that area is Hinkins Chatham which is impressed either side of the stem. It is a RAOB pipe with the buffalo head in relief to the front of the bowl. Local directories would be your best bet I should think.

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Clay Pipe Makers in Chatham
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011, 16:31:08 »
Does anyone have any information on clay pipe manufacturing in chatham or rochester please

 

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