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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #33 on: December 26, 2015, 15:34:26 »
Does this image from my collection of images of Kent in the 50's help bring back any memories of those journeys?

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2015, 20:49:19 »
I'm another one who remembers the Sun Pier from the 50s.  My Dad worked for Chatham Paper Mill near Canterbury and the annual works outing was coach to Rochester and then the Medway Queen from Sun Pier to Southend.  I spent most of the journey fascinated by the engine room.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2015, 20:37:04 »
radioham 49 We also used to go from Sun Pier to Southend on Medway Queen & other paddle steamers in the 30's. A bout 1937 or 8, I went from there in a Naval steam picket boat out to HMS Kent when my uncle returned from a tour at "the China station" & was anchored out in the Medway off Gillingham.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2015, 20:23:07 »
My first memory of the Sun Pier was going to Upnor on Sat afternoon with mum & dad plus 2 brothers in the small motor boats , also seeing the naval boats mothballed along that stretch of the Medway.
We also went to Southend on the Medway Queen in the late 1950s from the same pier.
My auntie would not go on the pier because she could see the water through the gaps in the wooden decking.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2015, 07:07:43 »
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http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1582.msg113660#msg113660
Ref. the ferry to Upnor. I believe they called it the Grey Launches, that had petrol/paraffin engines which had a distinct smell, which some people found rather nauseating.

I cannot remember the smell I was only young then but I know it was a real treat for mum to say "come on lets go to Upnor" with the boat ride and our sandwiches it was a proper day out. Not something we did every week for a women and a couple of children it was about half a crown so not a cheap day out but a fun one for sure.
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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #28 on: November 16, 2013, 16:38:06 »
The new pontoon and main part of the pier is currently closed off. I watched the barge delivering the new walkway and pontoon last week. I look forward to seeing it open again.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #27 on: November 16, 2013, 10:43:16 »
Hello All,
I recall going to Sun Pier sometime towards the end of the war; one of my sisters was 'called up' for service in the Woman's Land Army. Mum escorted us both to the office on the pier. I was six years old at the time, but it was definitely on the pier. My main memory was the rolls of barbed wire along the sides of it.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2013, 12:02:43 »
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http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1582.msg113660#msg113660
Ref. the ferry to Upnor. I believe they called it the Grey Launches, that had petrol/paraffin engines which had a distinct smell, which some people found rather nauseating.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2013, 22:35:51 »
I visited Staples today. It was good to see the new walkway and floating pontoon restored on Sun Pier. They were installed earlier this week, apparently.

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« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2013, 12:45:39 »
I am told that adjacent to the road at the entrance to the Pier, the Agricultural Board had an office, apparently a small wooden hut, there would be a board outside indicating vacancies for agricultural workers. At the appointed day and time a lorry would arrive to collect the workers.

Oh yes, I can remember getting on the lorry with my mother on school holidays and going out pea picking etc. It was an open back lorry with a bench seat either side. The women on the seats kids balancing in the middle, none of the health and safety rubbish back in the day. I started another thread about the days of the lorry from sun pier and field work, the women worked very hard for the money but for the few kids it was just fun.
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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2013, 19:54:02 »
In the 1950's a trip to the Sun Pier was very exciting for my family. We usually visited on a Sunday, I seem to remember that the Pier was full of people who were either watching the boats or waiting to get on one. On one occasion we went on The Medway Queen, how exciting that was to a child of 4 or 5? I sat snuggled up against the funnel. I don't remember our destination nor do I remember getting off, perhaps we didn't.

 I am told that adjacent to the road at the entrance to the Pier, the Agricultural Board had an office, apparently a small wooden hut, there would be a board outside indicating vacancies for agricultural workers. At the appointed day and time a lorry would arrive to collect the workers.

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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2012, 01:45:09 »
The Sun Pier used to be a great place and busy with the floating pontoon used by rowing boats taking people on and off ships moored on a buoy waiting to go alongside and unload or load - Rochester was busy port back in the day.  You could also get the ferry over to Upnor for a day out, I used to play there as a small boy sitting in the open boats.
Another thing I always remember was the farmers would pick up workers on the road just outside the pier and on school holiday I was often taken by mum pea picking for the day, not working of course. The farmer would send an open back lorry with wooden sides and all the old women (well they were old to me 'then') would climb onboard then us kids would be pushed on. You can imagine a load of women and children being driven in an open lorry round country lanes swaying all over the place - great fun. My mother and others worked so hard in those days to try and make ends meet and that was after surviving the war years. Hard times but they were happy ones, sometimes.
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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2011, 23:47:54 »
Like other posters I thought the fire was a lot later. A search of CityArk reveals this:

"Sun Pier Chatham. Includes proposed Boat Showroom & Marina and references to a fire in 1972.  File Ref. W13/1 (1 file) 1971-1974"

Perhaps the "1972" photo posted heralds from a library shot used in a Chatham News story of the time?.

If I hadn't checked City Ark I'd have placed the fire later. Somewhere between 1978 and 1982 approx. I can't believe my recollections of 1972 are that good. Perhaps the fire was covered in a ten years on news feature in 1982?. That would fit with where I was at the time.


The photo I posted was taken in October, 1972. I know because I took it! I have a memory that the fire took place very soon after this, but I could be mistaken.

Don't those two replies suggest that November or December 1972 is a likely date?

I'm hopefully visiting the archives on Friday, I'll try to remember to ask if they have the date whilst I'm there.
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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2011, 18:36:05 »
Somebody must know when the Sun Pier burned down!

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2011, 16:18:43 »
God the number of times I've wished the Chatham Gillingham Rochester Rag archive was online!

The good news is that you can find it here: http://www.gparrett.btinternet.co.uk/chatnews/

The bad news it is only up to 1966

bob

I use that index often, but sadly it is only an index, not a full archive, and not only does it end at 1966, it only starts at 1900 (I believe the paper started in the 1860s). In my experience, whilst very good, and often useful, it is also incomplete (no wonder, one guy trying to index all those papers alone is a mammoth task!)
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