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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #60 on: August 03, 2011, 16:10:16 »
Thanks bromptonboy - that's most interesting. When did the AERE have use of these buildings? and what was the "Command House" originally?

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #59 on: August 03, 2011, 15:57:27 »
Thanks bromptonboy - that's most interesting. When did the AERE have use of these buildings? and what was the "Command House" originally?

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #58 on: August 03, 2011, 15:31:11 »
I seem to recall that what we now call Command House was the point where the Army Gun Wharf became the Naval Gun Wharf. The range of buildings that include the old bowling rinks (now library) and the RAFA Club were at one time leased to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment as reseach labs associated with the UK Atomic Bomb Programme. Amongst other shady things that went on they conducted reasearch into Beryllium that was (is) used in atomic bomb triggers.

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #57 on: August 01, 2011, 22:35:09 »
Kyn's photos above, and the one of 29 May 2011, are of the Naval Gun Wharf, somewhere north of what is now the 'Command House' pub.
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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #56 on: August 01, 2011, 22:16:05 »
Back to the first photo: For some time after the war it housed indoor bowls (conventional bowls as opposed to the 10-pin variety) and perhaps some other similar activites..

It remained as an indoor bowls club right up until the Library moved there I think. I can't remember exactly when that was, probably about 7-10 years ago now.
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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #55 on: August 01, 2011, 21:27:37 »
I don't, I did ask around but couldn't find anyone who knew :(

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #54 on: August 01, 2011, 21:22:49 »
Do you know which figurehead it is please Kyn?  :)

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #52 on: August 01, 2011, 20:18:37 »
During the WD Gun Wharf’s time as an RAOC Depot the buildings were almost certainly used for storage, if they were used at all – there were many unused ones and most of the activity was in the part to the south of the entrance in Dock Road. The only building I can remember definitely being used in 1939 was behind your first photo, on the other side of the road leading to the Naval Gun Wharf, where there is now the car park. It was there that civvy weapons handed in to the police at the start of the war were stored. There was a railway track in the road with branches into that building and the one in the photo, but it was well derelict.

I don’t think the building in your second photo, with the arch, was ever used, at that time at least.

Back to the first photo: For some time after the war it housed indoor bowls (conventional bowls as opposed to the 10-pin variety) and perhaps some other similar activites..
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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #51 on: August 01, 2011, 14:17:59 »
Hi all

Can anyone please help me and identify for me the original names / uses for the following buildings on the Gun Wharf:






TIA

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #50 on: June 03, 2011, 10:30:35 »
That's how I remember it, except that it was a brick wall on the right. The police post door (a half 'stable' type door) can just be seen on the left. Beyond it, by the lamp-post, is the entrance to the steps up to the Sergeant's flat, and his garden on top of the wall. And yet...since seeing Kyn's photo I'm not 100% sure there wasn't a separate 'personell' gate. It doesn't look as if the policeman is carrying a revolver - if he was it would date it as a wartime photo.
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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #49 on: June 02, 2011, 10:37:16 »
I went through that 'gate' every time I left home or came home for over a year, and the photo didn't ring a bell, but the policeman's uniform is familiar. However, it was 72 years ago....so??

Are there any other clues regarding age? There is a notice on the wall, and what looks like somebody's photo, but I can't imagine what that might be.
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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #48 on: June 01, 2011, 23:33:50 »
Sorry, I could be wrong...

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #47 on: June 01, 2011, 23:07:34 »
Kyn, you've spoilt my day!
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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #46 on: June 01, 2011, 22:32:11 »
1950's  :)

 

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