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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2017, 21:10:23 »
OK... just to separate the Canterbury ones from the one everyone's talking about...  As various google searches keep hitting them.

All of these big Canterbury watermills were burned down:

1)  Denne's or Abbotts Mill, built under the designs of Smeaton in 1792, burned down 1933.

2)  Hookers, Deans or Westgate Mill, almost adjoining the above, built in the 1790s, burned down 1954.

3)  Barton Mills (off the Sturry Road)... Two mills here - New Mill burned down 1951, Old Mill, burned down 23 July, 2004.

Lots of dodgy sounding fires going on in Canterbury!  I hope this helps to separate all the google searches from this Medway steam mill.

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2017, 21:20:31 »
Isn't it great when someone mentions something and others search and find information or photos, what a great bunch of people there are here. I have just shown my grandaughters these pictures, thank you.
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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2017, 18:40:22 »
I think that might be a water tower that was on top of the Mill. I've read somewhere that the fire was so intense that the houses standing opposite (now gone) had their paint blistered.

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2017, 15:53:07 »
Is that the top of Hookers Mill in the photo?

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #25 on: February 14, 2017, 15:45:34 »
That must have given Scotts Timber Yard a few anxious moments!!

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2017, 15:28:12 »
Russell`s Fire Medway Street...

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2017, 14:46:44 »
Yes, that must be the one. I think there is a photograph somewhere showing the aftermath.

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2017, 12:17:12 »
Smiffy I have just found the post all about the fire and after talking to my brother he seems to think you have found the fire our grandfather may have meant, I have the information here.   

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=10467.0#msg102148
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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2017, 12:10:08 »
Thank you Smiffy that may be the fire he told me about ihn Medway street .
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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2017, 17:38:55 »
Reference Pier Chambers Sun Pier, It was at one time a wholesale Tobacconists. Can anyone remember the name of the company please.

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2017, 14:07:26 »
The Hooker's Mill fire was definitely the Canterbury one. There was a fire at Russell's in Medway Street in 1953 so perhaps this is the one remembered.

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2017, 13:28:03 »
I cannot help with the fire debate, but I found these images in "Spritsail Bargemen" by Derek Coombe; a recommended good read..
The photo from Medway Street is not accredited, but that of the barge is accredited to John Cotton. The captions state that the Mill photo was taken 1975 "shortly before demolition" and that of the barge Pretoria in the 1940's.

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2017, 12:53:29 »
Grandarog, enlarging the text it becomes quite blurred but I can make out the words Sturry road, so I'm assuming this is the Canterbury one again.
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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2017, 11:46:54 »
That's the one in Sturry  Grandarog. I used Ctrl and magnified it
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