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Offline Roseann

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Re: The Brook Chatham
« Reply #41 on: November 14, 2017, 09:35:14 »
I remember Charlie Bell's Tattoo shop along the Brook.
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« Reply #40 on: November 13, 2017, 11:58:13 »
I remember the old rag and bone yard on Slickets Hill. Use to take your old rags, car batteries and old bits of copper we use to find as kids to him. Also in the Brook near the junction of Slickets Hill was a Tattoo shop and a stamp shop.
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Re: The Brook Chatham
« Reply #39 on: October 26, 2017, 19:10:35 »
The Brook at the junction with King Street, circa 1962.

This is where the Smithfield Bank would have ended. The building on the extreme left housed Whitworth's, an electrical retailer, but I can't make out what the shop on the right was. It looks like it may have been a cafe of some kind, or possibly a tobacconists. Does anyone know?

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Re: The Brook Chatham
« Reply #38 on: October 21, 2017, 18:27:02 »
Hello, ChathamRat

Do you know what colour the stripes on the pole were? I'm assuming green (or brown) and cream as a reflection of the livery - or were they just plain black and white?

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« Reply #37 on: October 21, 2017, 16:39:58 »
Thanks for pointing out the bus stop! All part of the Chatham Traction story....

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« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2017, 13:44:20 »
St.Mary's Place during its demolition in 1941.

I'm not sure why resources were diverted into taking this building down during the middle of the war, you would think that there were more important things to deal with at this time. The historic Dickens connection was obviously not enough to save it.

Note the Chatham & District bus stop visible toward the left.

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Re: The Brook Chatham
« Reply #35 on: October 10, 2017, 09:26:46 »
No overhead power lines for the trams.

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« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2017, 21:15:20 »
That's it, HERB COLLECTOR. The little girl on the left seems to be in proportion, but if you have a look at the figure on the right, he's way too small in relation to the doors.

It wouldn't surprise me about the railings not being there in earlier times (health and safety not a priority in those days). I must try to find a copy of The Chatham Scandal sometime - I've known about it for ages and it sounds like a really good read. Brian Joyce was due to give a talk about the Brook for the Chatham Historical Society recently. I was going to go along, but it looks like it had to be cancelled for some reason.

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« Reply #33 on: October 09, 2017, 20:51:22 »
The people are too small, it reminds me of 1950's car adverts in which the people were drawn small to make the cars look bigger!
The front of the beer house seems out of proportion, the doors are too tall.

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Re: The Brook Chatham
« Reply #32 on: October 09, 2017, 20:48:23 »

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?

In 'The Chatham Scandal', Brian Joyce (Baggins Books 1999) there is painting of the same area from 1841-1861 (dated from individuals in the painting) which also indicates that there were no railings until fairly modern times. 

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Re: The Brook Chatham
« 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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Re: The Brook Chatham
« 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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Re: The Brook Chatham
« 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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