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Offline conan

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #60 on: May 29, 2018, 19:57:19 »
OS 25 inch to the mile showing the 2 mills Abbey mill being shown as flour mill in almost centre of image

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #59 on: May 29, 2018, 16:53:17 »
Historically, Abbott's Mill is shown on early O. S. maps as standing on the junction of St Radigund's Street and Black Friars Lane, straddling the river opposite the present Miller's Arms PH. The wheel pits, races and iron columns to this mill still survive in a small garden opposite the pub with the original early nineteenth century sluice gates a little further on.

Later named Hooker's, previously Dean's Mill, stood over the way on the junction of The Causeway and North Lane/St Stephen's Road.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #58 on: May 29, 2018, 14:49:33 »
I think it was Abbot's Mill that was also called Denne's and Hookers Mill the one also known as Dean's.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #57 on: May 29, 2018, 08:10:08 »
I agree with a strongly worded letter to the publisher, as the image is of the aftermath of the burning down of Abbott's Mill on the 17th October 1933. Dean's/Denne's or Hooker's Mill was situated just up the road at the junction of The Causeway and North Lane. That did indeed burn down in 1954.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #56 on: May 28, 2018, 16:40:24 »
Well that explains a lot!

I think a strongly worded letter to the publishers is in order here....

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #55 on: May 28, 2018, 13:51:22 »
80sChild - The reason you've been scratching your head is because this isn't Maidstone at all - it's Canterbury! Possibly the burning down of Hookers Mill in 1954. You'll find a bit about it in the Factories & Mills section.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2018, 12:05:12 »
In one of the books of old Kent photos my family has, we've seen this photo:

http://imgbox.com/2sCY4z8w

The problem is the caption is incredibly vague. It pretty much says 'Fire in Maidstone, 1960s' and that's mostly it.

 We have practically no idea where in Maidstone it is, and have been scratching our heads trying to figure it out. :(

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #53 on: May 26, 2018, 18:43:17 »
I think that many families have "secrets" - perhaps someone who was never mentioned or rarely spoken about for some reason. Mine is no exception.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #52 on: May 26, 2018, 15:48:21 »
That was a good result after contacting a Naval forum. I have some old ones but fortunately do know who most people are in them. I also have one of my late hubby in his tropical whites, I had never seen him in that before. He bought a posh camera on one of his trips but it was slides ( I never fathomed out how to use it ! ) so although I had seen the slide it was brilliant when I had it made into a big photo after he died . There are lots of  slides with most  places he went to when he was with the first NATO squadron. 1967. We were sent a photo of his Grandfather who joined the navy in 1916, we had never seen any of the family apart from his Mum, they came from a family member in Canada . I was so lucky I started family history as they certainly weren't spoken about for some strange reason  by his parents ( a few 'secrets' ) there, but they had both passed away when I uncovered things.
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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #51 on: May 26, 2018, 14:09:29 »
I've got a few old photos that belonged to Dad and, as you say, don't have a clue who the people in them are. The same goes for dozens of pictures taken while he was in the Navy.

I did, however, once make a post on a Navy forum and was contacted by someone whose father had served on the same ship as dad. He wanted to know if I had any crew photographs - I sent him one that I had and it turned out his father was clearly visible. He was thrilled to bits as he had never seen him in uniform before, so that was quite a nice result.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #50 on: May 26, 2018, 07:08:20 »
Such a shame that place names weren't shown on the photos at all in years gone by. Maybe we will never know where these places were. It's the same with old 'family' ones , years later no one has a clue who the person/s may have been.
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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #49 on: May 25, 2018, 21:20:14 »
I don't think so Lyn - the premises opposite La Providence (Theobald Square as it was) look quite old but don't seem to match. Also, these places look like they were back-to-backs, as evidenced by the washing lines which indicate no rear yards or gardens.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #48 on: May 25, 2018, 18:51:18 »
Could it possibly have been where La Providence entrance is now. Hope someone has a Kelly's for around then and can provide the answer.
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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #47 on: May 25, 2018, 17:57:02 »
Here is photograph, which I believe is also held by the Medway archives, of another unknown location. Possibly taken in the 1900's, the only clue to its location are the business premises visible toward the left which I think reads (something) N & Co Ltd. A Kelly's of the right period may make it possible to find all the local limited companies ending with an "n" that would enable the search to be narrowed down somewhat. Otherwise this looks like another one which will probably remain in the unknown file.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #46 on: May 13, 2018, 22:14:59 »
It could well be the same area, but so far I haven't been able to find an exact enough match, only a couple of "maybe's".

 

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