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Offline smiffy

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« Reply #61 on: April 18, 2018, 13:26:10 »
Right - so more of a specialist printers then.

Thanks prefabkid, I'd like to get a Kelly's or two myself, but the only one I've seen for sale recently was going for thirty quid, which seems a bit much.

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Re: The Brook Chatham
« Reply #60 on: April 18, 2018, 12:40:36 »
1972 Kelly's states 131 The Brook as Kent Photoprint Ltd. plan printers.

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« Reply #59 on: April 18, 2018, 07:27:20 »
I have no idea what the building was, but the only printers that I remember in that general area were Mackays and Clements.
 

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« Reply #58 on: April 18, 2018, 01:49:49 »
All I can tell you is that it's probably number 131 on the corner of Queen Street, which was once the location of the Rob Roy pub. Unfortunately I haven't got a later picture that shows the whole building but I think it might have been a printers of some description. What's needed is someone with a Kelly's of the right period - prefabkid perhaps?




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« Reply #57 on: April 17, 2018, 21:57:41 »
Can I ask, exactly when were those buildings demolished?

The strange thing is, I have been living in the Medway Towns all my life, and have been visiting Chatham frequently since I was a boy.

And yet I have no memory of those buildings at all!

In fact, I think I might have a picture of buildings along the Brook too. Back in the mid-90's I remember visiting the Brook Pumping Station during one of their open days, and I took a few pictures of the exhibits on display outside.

Recently, after many years, I actually found the original pictures from the time (I think it was dated 1994) - and on the hill that is opposite the Brook Pumping Station (on the other side of the road, which I think is Queen Street) can be seen some old derelict shops, which appear to be have been closed for years.

I'll try and find the pictures and put them up on here soon.

I know what I said was quite a while back now but recently I found the exact photos I was talking about.  :)

Most of these photos are from the Brook Pumping Station Open Day in 1994, information of which I've posted on another thread.

However, with regards to my previous posts on the matter it is THIS photograph I want to highlight:

http://imgbox.com/yrGn9xQ8

If you look to the far left, just beyond the white Ford Escort, you can see an old dilapidated shop partially boarded-up.

I have no memory of this shop at all so I would be interested if anyone wanted to shed  light on it's origins.

Also, just for fun, I thought I'd post this picture too. It's a garage that use to be opposite the Pumping Station and is now a car park.

http://imgbox.com/Dt1wsuEM

What I love is just how amazingly cheap fuel was back then!  :)

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« Reply #56 on: February 05, 2018, 21:14:47 »
With reference to reply #27, I've remembered that the large lodging house was called "Gordon Chambers".

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« Reply #55 on: February 01, 2018, 09:17:43 »
That junction of the Brook and the High Street gave me nightmares for years. I was a very new driver for M&D about 1967 when I was told to go and get a Panther (I think) from Luton Depot and return it to Gillingham and I got a lift to Luton and picked up the bus.
As I approached the junction from Luton Arches  I was praying a bus wouldn't turn up at the same time but one certainly did. I didn't go far enough forward when starting my turn and the other buses mirror went straight into my side breaking 2 windows.
The shame of it ...... with a double decker load of passengers looking out and laughing.
I still feel embarrassed to this day. :)
AlanH.

PS. I think Christine Overington may have worked at Blaw Know when I was an apprentice there from 1959.

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« Reply #54 on: January 29, 2018, 18:47:49 »
Junction of the Brook/High Street showing Hadaways on the corner. The White Lion is still there today although the corner turret and dome have vanished for some reason. The Brook, once notorious for its high number of pubs and beer-houses that were dotted along it's length - many of questionable repute, now has only two left - one at either end. That would be this pub and Churchills (former Army & Navy). However, I believe Churchills is currently unoccupied so it's actually now down to just this one. I'm not sure of the date of this photo, it could be just pre-war, or maybe as late as 1950-ish.

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« Reply #53 on: January 06, 2018, 16:33:20 »
This building was situated on the corner of the Brook but listed as 331 High Street. Up until 1960 this was the premises of Hadaway seed merchants and was swept away some time during the late 1970's, along with many other shops in this part of Chatham.

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« Reply #52 on: December 17, 2017, 18:36:10 »
This is "The Handy Shop" which was demolished sometime during the 1930's. I'm not sure of its exact location in the Brook, but I think it was probably somewhere along the eastern end. Once again, perhaps someone with an old enough Kelly's could help to place it.

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« Reply #51 on: November 29, 2017, 18:04:36 »
Here is the old Mission Church in the Brook, originally "The Ebeneezer Congregational Chapel" seen shortly before its end. I'm not sure exactly when the date of construction was, probably sometime in the 1850's. Located on what has now become part of the Iceland car park.

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« Reply #50 on: November 20, 2017, 11:53:29 »
1967 Kelly's tells me 115 & 143 are listed as Parry F.C.S. do-it-yourself supplies.
You can just make out the name of Parry on the temporary banner.

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« Reply #48 on: November 16, 2017, 22:18:38 »
I used to know Christina and her husband Andy years ago, don't think they were married then.
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« Reply #47 on: November 16, 2017, 20:43:30 »
Charlie Overington 's daughter was Christine, they used to live in Whymans Ave Chatham in the 50s. Charlies tattoo shop then was up an alleyway off George St., had to move due to knocking down for the Pentagon.

 

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