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Offline colin haggart

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Re: A.F. Smith Gillingham
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2011, 21:31:25 »
My guess, Peterchall, id that it was used for small deliveries and or urgent deliveries that a lorry would take too long o deliver.

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Re: A.F. Smith Gillingham
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2011, 19:49:26 »
I can understand the need for the lorries (did the back one belong to A.F.Smith's?), but what would the motor-bike & side-car be used for?
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Re: A.F. Smith Gillingham
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2011, 17:22:52 »
Thank you for that Vespa*boy. :) I didn't realise that it changed "hands" twice before becoming Grahams.

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Re: A.F. Smith Gillingham
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2011, 17:10:40 »
Alfred Olby took over from A F Smiths and then sold to Louis G Fords who were to become Grahams and eventually part of the group that owns Jewsons. The whole place was full over little corridors and rooms that had been left to rot for years. A really interesting group of builders now sadly gone :-(
 

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Re: A.F. Smith Gillingham
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2011, 17:06:25 »
Did Graham Ford Builders Merchants take over the premises?

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Re: A.F. Smith Gillingham
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2011, 16:50:37 »
Hello

Long time reader but new poster :-)

I worked at this site in Duncan road during the 1980s. The house next door was where the owner lived during the time the business was owned by A F Smiths. Upstairs in the first building with the large windows there was an ornately plastered opening approximately the size of a pair of double doors which originally allowed access from the shop into the residence next door.

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Re: A.F. Smith Gillingham
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011, 08:58:18 »
The branch was open from 1884 to 1956. I wonder if the house behind the first lorry was part of the shop
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Re: A.F. Smith Gillingham
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2011, 11:14:37 »
Did you notice the display of chimney pots on the single storey building, there must be a dozen different types up there.

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A.F. Smith Gillingham
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2011, 08:27:08 »
Here's a newspaper clipping showing the Gillingham branch

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