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Offline Bilgerat

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« Reply #31 on: October 09, 2017, 20:17:46 »
Or he appears to be wearing little more than a loin cloth  :)
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« Reply #30 on: October 09, 2017, 19:07:32 »
The chap leaning against the wall seems to have his head and shoulders behind the pailing fence?
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« Reply #29 on: October 09, 2017, 17:06:15 »
This is a painting dated 1919 showing the Running Horse beer house which was situated at No.73 The Brook. Crown House now occupies this site. Pretty much directly opposite this view you would find St.Mary's Place, which is where John Dickens and his family lived from 1821-22.

The railings along Smithfield Bank are not present in this picture - I can only assume that the artist omitted them for the sake of clarity. There is another thing slightly odd about this painting, does anyone else see what it is?

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« Reply #28 on: September 26, 2017, 17:29:51 »
This is a "before and after" view of the Brook, it looks like the top picture may have been taken sometime during the early '50s.

I used to have some information regarding the large building on the right but I seem to have misplaced it. I believe it was a lodging house and that it was a bit more "up market" than most of the others to be found in this area. As you can see, the bridge goes right through where it used to be. The pub next door was the Swan, with the King William IV further down.The Salvation Army home is visible on the far left.

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« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2017, 01:43:18 »
Hi Smiffy, remember that building well, it had the name painted on the roof in white paint you could read it from the lines.

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« Reply #26 on: September 16, 2017, 21:28:29 »
Situated on the corner of Nelson Road, the Salvation Army Naval & Military Home was opened in February 1905.

I'm not sure when the Salvation Army stopped using it, probably sometime during the 1950's. It was demolished in the 1970's prior to the construction of the Pentagon centre.

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« Reply #25 on: September 06, 2017, 22:17:54 »
It seems funny seeing bus stops outside the Town Hall and on that bank now. I didn't move up to the towns until early 1961 so wouldn't have seen this anyway, but you can just see the chimney and end gable of the little house next door to the pub in this pic.
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« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2017, 20:37:52 »
This is the next bus stop along from the one seen in reply #10.

Dated 1959, this must have been just before the Smithfield Bank was removed. I can only assume it was taken out in order to enable vehicular access from the Brook, perhaps in preparation for the new Police Station.

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« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2017, 09:38:21 »
I can't remember ever having seen that little house before. I only know the pub (of course) and I think it was the house the right side of which can be seen in the pic was where old Tom Wimble the taxi company owner used to live.
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« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2017, 17:26:41 »
This interesting little house was situated at No.9 the Brook. The building visible on the left is the side of the Army & Navy pub (now Churchills) and the photograph dates from 1962. I wonder who would have lived in a house like this? If only we could go "through the keyhole" to find out!  :)

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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2016, 09:45:38 »
We must have been there on good nights then, never saw the redcaps and police rounding anyone up. Mr L wasn't a goody two shoes when abroad mind you  :) One time ended up being sent to DQs in Devonport for being a very naughty boy abroad. Cut ALL his uniform up and after he did the time, was sent straight back abroad again for an extra 3 months. :)
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« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2016, 08:33:44 »
Hi Lyn L. Actually the RN shore patrols were pretty good as they were made up of your very own shipmates with a PO or Chief in charge and they wouldn't be too heavy handed as they may well be on the receiving end themselves one night.  :)
Now the redcaps and police were a different story. Saw many a punch up in Military Road with the cops/navy/army etc. all there in force and  when things had been sorted out they divided up which body belonged to whom. Lovely stuff.
I drove a gold MkIV Ford Zodiac back then and that was great bird puller at the end of the night....... sit up the road and watch them coming out from the bar then quickly down the hill, laughing girls in the back and off like a rocket before boyfriend came out!
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« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2016, 13:09:30 »
The Cabin was on our list with the pub crawls we had around 1968.

Also at that particular time in Medway you could go to a proper disco every night of the week.

There was a small disco above a shop by Waltons on Military Road but can never remember what it was called.

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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2016, 09:20:44 »
AlanH,
As you say, many a good time was had in the cabin. I remember a couple of times the RN patrol coming in and rounding up the matelots (my late was one, but off duty)  Perhaps a bit heavy handed ?
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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2016, 08:30:22 »
Great pic of the Army and Navy pub. They had a bar downstairs called the Cabin from memory. Many fun times had there. Next door to the pub going along the Brook a family by the name of Wimble lived.
Old Tom Wimble ran about 6 taxis and I drove for him back in the late 60s. usually off the Town Hall rank opposite the pub.
Memories memories! So good to see these places after so long away.
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