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Offline Rochester-bred

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2017, 08:15:07 »
My grandad said he was watching it from The Great Lines as it burnt so it wasnt in Canterbury maybe it was another local builing and not the mill that burnt but it was deffinetly in Chatham the fire he watched .
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2017, 17:47:00 »
The Hookers Mill burned down in 1954 was at Canterbury...  not aware of the one in Chatham, but it would have been steam powered.

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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2017, 11:00:57 »
The page took ages to load but couldn't find Hookers Mill on it anyway.
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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2017, 10:50:56 »
There's a mention of the fire on the google search page as 9th June 1954

https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=fire+at+hookers+mill+chatham

but I can`t get the page to load, it`s under Kent Images and documents.
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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2017, 05:36:18 »
Hearing of Hookers Mill I have a vauge memory of my grandad telling me there was a terrible fire there once ,does anyone know the date roughly.
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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2017, 00:47:54 »
I seem to recall that Sankeys was just a chain of Builders Merchants in the 1960's.

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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2017, 23:37:04 »
That's got me scratching my head - I can't remember a Sankey Homecentre at all. There appears to be very little information on the 'net about them. The earliest mention I can find is January 1979 which fits with the  photo but from there the trail goes cold. The mill had obviously gone by 1979 so it may well have made it to a century.

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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2017, 17:23:46 »
A couple of pictures from the na3t.org site......

It does look as though the queue is because of their opening day in 1979. Was Sankey before Texas ?

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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2017, 15:26:58 »
It's not that important, I just wondered if the Mill managed to make it to its 100th birthday (it was built in 1877) before it was demolished. The pillars for the entrance gates survived for quite a while, but even they are gone now.

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2017, 08:08:48 »
Smiffy, I know that at some time, Richard Watts charities owned a substantial amount of land and property ln that area, eg the Black and White Milk Bar, the old Labour Exchange, most of Two Post Alley. Fairly certain at one time thay derived rent from the mill premises, may be a call to their offices in Rochester would help. All the best!
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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2017, 17:32:01 »
A bit about Hudson`s.
   
C. J. Hudson, whose family had for several generations owned Birchington Mill, bought the mill in Margate Road, Ramsgate, which was then known as the Isle of Thanet Steam Flour Mill, in 1891. There was a merger of Hudsons with Hookers of Chatham in 1950, followed by further merger with E. Marriage & Son Ltd., of Colchester and Felixstowe in 1959. In 1960 the mill was taken over by Hovis-McDougall which in 1970 became Rank-Hovis-McDougall

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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2017, 15:09:14 »
I'm fairly sure it was still operating up until the early '70s, but can't find any info about when it was closed. A "Texas" store was built on the site (later Staples) so if anyone knows when that was opened it could narrow the window. It's not on the 1981 OS map so obviously gone by then.

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Re: Hookers Mill
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2017, 11:20:41 »
Found this on another site. Might be a bit of help. :)

Chatham Town Mills (Flour). Wingent and Cummins ran the mill until the 1920s when the mill stood idle for several years. The mill was remodelled for Herbert Hooker, from Canterbury, with new roller plant by Henry Simon of Manchester in 1928. By 1956 the plant had an output of 13 sacks an hour - small in comparison with port mills at London. Hookers amalgamated with Hudsons of Ramsgate in the 1950s.
[Source: Glynn Jones, The Millers, 2001, 325].

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Hookers Mill
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2017, 18:38:54 »
I've recently come across a picture of Hookers Mill in Medway Street, Chatham. It looks like it was taken in about 1980 or thereabouts, but does anyone know precisely when this building was demolished?


 

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