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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #79 on: August 20, 2018, 20:31:35 »
Definitely the same place and time, the two children are the obvious evidence.
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« Reply #78 on: August 20, 2018, 20:22:22 »
mikeb,

I think the top photo shows some buildings looking along Richard Street, with what is possibly the end of the Naval Institute visible. The bottom one maybe the side of a Sunday school in James Street as shown on older maps, but which is marked on later maps as a canteen.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #77 on: August 20, 2018, 18:49:08 »
Wonderfully evocative photos smiffy, thanks. From your description I take it that the buildings in the background could be High Street/ They seem lower than Russell Sq which was on the scarp down from New Road? I used to deliver papers around this area in the late 1950's and these houses were gone by then, I think, although Rhode St / Best Street were still there.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #76 on: August 20, 2018, 17:54:19 »
These are a pair of photographs that I found individually before realising they were of the same location and probably taken at the same time - at a guess around 1930. The only information I have is that this was somewhere in Medway, and using the trees as a clue I think I've finally pinned this down to a view of Russell Square. Russell Square was located between Best Street and Richard Street in Chatham and entered via Rhode Street. Once a densely populated residential area, just about every building here is now long gone and what you would see from the same viewpoint today is - yes you've guessed it - a car park!

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« Reply #75 on: July 17, 2018, 17:00:42 »
This is by a Rochester based photographer and dates to the early part of the first war. There is no indication as to where this is, but I presume that it's outside of some military stables. I know there used to be some large stables at the bottom of Westcourt Street in Brompton so possibly this is the location?

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #74 on: July 05, 2018, 13:01:20 »
As an addendum, this map is from the 1866 OS, so just a few years before your 2nd G.Father and family moved in.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #73 on: July 04, 2018, 12:37:05 »
So what must have been quite an upheaval turned out to be a good move. Interesting that these days many people are tempted to move out of towns into more rural areas, whereas in the past the opposite was true.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #72 on: July 04, 2018, 10:18:09 »
Wandering off topic, but you did ask smiffy.
2nd G.Father was William French 1832-1893.
Deddington was / is a very rural village and and the family were "Ag Lab". The 1870'a was a time of great depression in agriculture.
1861 & William is on board HMS Orion, a Chatham ship. He is in the RMLI. So he got to know Chatham I assume.
1871 he is back home, newly married & is Sexton to the local church.
1881 Bonners Alley, "Gen Lab"
1891 They had moved "up the hill" to Old Road Chatham "Plate Layer on Railway" living next door to the vicar of St. Pauls no less.
In the 1870's the Dockyard was expanding and there was an influx of "Gen Labs" from all over as a result. I guess things were bad in Oxfordshire, William knew Chatham, brought the family south seeking employment. They prospered. Of their eight children, seven were born in Chatham.
Back to the photo, the 1871 census lists five families living in Bonners Alley.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #71 on: July 03, 2018, 23:31:26 »
mikeb, sorry i don't have a date for the photo but I would guess pre-war as If you look at the building in the background, you can see what seem to be tin baths hanging up outside. As for someone taking a picture of a lamp post, what I'd like to know is why would someone move all the way from a pleasant Oxfordshire village to an alleyway in Chatham town centre!?

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« Reply #70 on: July 03, 2018, 22:29:24 »
Thanks Smiffy. My 2nd G. GParents moved from the Oxfordshire village of Deddington to Bonners Alley C1872. What a culture shock that must have been! This photo fills a gap in recording where they lived aa it is the only photo I have seen of the alley.
Two queries - do we have a date for the photo, and why would someone take a photo of a gas lamp post? Mind you I'm glad they did!

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« Reply #69 on: July 03, 2018, 21:35:40 »
You are both correct - the building on the right was a butchers with an abottoir and was demolished quite some time ago. The alley is still there but has changed quite a bit since this photograph was taken, and yes, the building just visible on the left is now a KFC. This is the front view as it was in the 1960's:

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #68 on: July 03, 2018, 20:19:02 »
Bonners Alley off Chatham High Street? As John Walker says to the rear of KFC?

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #67 on: July 03, 2018, 19:08:52 »
Taken from the rear of what is now KFC in the high Street ?

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« Reply #66 on: July 03, 2018, 17:55:13 »
This has been labelled as unidentified and certainly had me stumped for a while. However I have now been able to positively identify this location. I wonder if anyone else would like to have a stab at it first? A couple of clues - It's in Chatham and has its own thread on the forum.

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Re: Unidentified Photographs
« Reply #65 on: June 07, 2018, 14:26:11 »
I can understand you not seeing photobucket images as this is a well known problem, but there shouldn't be any issues with any pictures that have been uploaded direct to the forum. All of my photos, such as the Best street one, are direct uploads.

 

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