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Offline BygoneMedway

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Re: The Brook, Chatham.
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2013, 16:33:27 »
Both wonderful pictures.  Such a shame they are gone.

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Re: The Brook, Chatham.
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2013, 16:15:17 »
Here's another photo from the same set covering the area next to the Army & Navy:




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Re: The Brook, Chatham.
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2013, 15:20:43 »
That part of The Brook was bombed during WW2. I think there was a printer's (Mackay's?) in the same stretch of road that was destroyed at the same time.

Two bomb sites can just be seen on the left of The Brook in this photo, one next to the 'Army & Navy' pub, and the other a little further along:
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=4414.msg44793#msg44793
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Re: The Brook, Chatham.
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2013, 14:03:13 »
This one's got me slightly stumped. I think that it was almost directly opposite St Mary's Place, on part of the site now occupied by Crown House.

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Re: The Brook, Chatham.
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2013, 20:07:29 »
A good book which will tell you all about the brook in its historic bad times on the Brook is worth a read, its called 'The Chatham Scandal' by Brian Joyce.

Thanks I'll look out for it.

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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2013, 18:44:29 »
A good book which will tell you all about the brook in its historic bad times on the Brook is worth a read, its called 'The Chatham Scandal' by Brian Joyce.

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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2013, 16:47:24 »
The Brook had a bit of a notorious reputation at one time, but I have the feeling that if much of it had been preserved and maintained in good condition, to modern eyes it might now appear quite picturesque!

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Re: The Brook, Chatham.
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2013, 15:28:27 »
Great photo. I have this desire to see the Brook how it used to look, a million miles away from how it looks today.  :)

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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2013, 15:18:46 »
Trawling around the Medway archives I've found a few pictures of the Brook I've never come across before and from what I can surmise, appear to date from the 1930's. This is a photo of St Mary's place taken from another angle showing the Brook entrance to Fair Row. The pub on the corner I believe is the Duke of Cambridge, with the old Providence Chapel now an auction hall.

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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2013, 15:18:50 »
That's the right place, the actual location was just opposite to where Crown house is now, where the entrance to the car park is. I believe the actual demolition date was 1941. The houses in the first picture are still there, now the only ones left.

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2013, 12:34:51 »
Charles Dickens lived in the Brook as a boy, between 1821 to 1823, aged between 9 and 11. He lived at 18 St. Mary's Place, The Brook. The house was pulled down in 1943.

I think the house was somewhere near where the Taxi rank/Bus access ramp is now, near the corner of the Brook and Military road.

Could this be it?

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Re: The Brook, Chatham.
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010, 15:16:52 »
A couple of photos I took showing the last remaining houses along The Brook.


The Council have finally started demolishing these houses...


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Re: The Brook, Chatham.
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2010, 23:20:46 »
As far as the houses in colin haggart's original post goes, I know for sure the white houses in the first picture are due for demolition. Towards the tail end of last year I helped move the people living in the left hand house to move out (a friend had a removals business and I was helping out).  They were not happy as the council were forcing them to move (if I remember rightly it had been their home for a couple of generations) so the houses could be demolished. (Though I did hear that they moved another family in afterwards as a temporary home - probably much to the annoyance of the people we moved out!)
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Re: The Brook, Chatham.
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2010, 23:07:08 »
To be demolished so they can build more flats and shops!

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009, 16:28:37 »
Charles Dickens lived in the Brook as a boy, between 1821 to 1823, aged between 9 and 11. He lived at 18 St. Mary's Place, The Brook. The house was pulled down in 1943.

I think the house was somewhere near where the Taxi rank/Bus access ramp is now, near the corner of the Brook and Military road.

 

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