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Offline colin haggart

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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2011, 21:56:35 »
I think i've seen a blurred photo the area, perhaps it was in the photo. The photo i'm sure is on here somewhere.

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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2011, 20:19:00 »
In Duncan Road, near the Plaza cinema. It was painted yellow. It was quite large - 'double windowed' if I remember correctly.
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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2011, 18:59:45 »
It is currently open for 2 days a week and will finally close after Christmas, having opened in 1934. The Gillingham branch was open from 1884 to 1956, and the Rochester branch from 1906 to 2008.

Peterchall, where was the Gillingham branch?

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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2011, 18:13:38 »
Have they been on this same site since 1934, only I can't remember them not being there. Same goes for Varley's just out of shot to the right of the picture. One other observation, the shop is numbered as 306 and 308 High st.

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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2011, 16:10:50 »
It is currently open for 2 days a week and will finally close after Christmas, having opened in 1934. The Gillingham branch was open from 1884 to 1956, and the Rochester branch from 1906 to 2008.
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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2011, 00:14:55 »
Not living in Kent for a few years, I thought it was the Rochester branch:

http://tinyurl.com/5ufnrvc

Its a shame this one has gone too.

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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2011, 18:49:34 »
I agree with mmitch. The staff in there certainly knew their stuff and were so helpful. I, for one, miss them.

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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2011, 10:28:17 »
Spent many an hour at the Rochester branch collecting tools and fittings. Second only to A.G. Smith in North Kent for stock. Sad to see such service shops go.
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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 20:48:47 »
The Rochester branch has recently opened as an Emmaus Community shop if I remember rightly. In the last few weeks anyway.
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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2011, 20:39:25 »
Yes, Mike s they did, when I find it i'll put one of my photos on here.

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Re: A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2011, 19:19:20 »
I think that they also had a branch at Rochester - on the corner of the entrance to Rochester Station. Not to be confused with A G Smith in Rochester High Street opposite the Memorial near the Cathedral.

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A.F. Smith, Chatham High St.
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 17:53:51 »
I took this photo today, sad to see another old shop closing down.


 

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