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Offline mmitch

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Re: King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2015, 11:04:22 »
That area is totally changed now. When the A2 was widened to 4 lanes each way it was moved about a 100 yards south too! That junction has a roundabout each side to link the various slip roads, Hever court road and Henhurst road. Nell's café is there.
Current lay out.  http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/index.php?title=Marling_Cross
Each junction from the Tollgate to the M2 was altered or closed off like Singlewell and Thong lane. The BP garage on the south side of the Tollgate was demolished.
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Re: King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2015, 18:21:15 »
The other road that went off to the south of the café was Church Road which led towards St Margaret's Church and Ifield. The smaller track that went behind the café was a footpath that went under the A2 and came out on Hever Court Road, Singlewell.
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Re: King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2015, 15:57:45 »
Just found a map on Old Maps .co.uk and where it says Watling Street you can see the shallow layby with garage written by it.

Having never used it I did not know that other roads went from the garage further back?

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Re: King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2015, 15:20:38 »
Gosh, I haven't thought of that place in years!  Only went there once, very briefly, in the mid-80s.  A consignment of herbal cannabis (don't recall it being resin) had been found in a load of cut flowers off the Vlissengen ferry and I in my Ford Escort Mk3 was part of the caravan running it on to London.  Nice operation really; deliver the goods, sell the flowers to petrol stations and then scrap the lorry - each time!!  Seems a lot of effort to go to.  Anyway, despite the delay at Sheerness, the minder car actually joined the caravan and eventually got the lorry to pull over into Kings, whereupon there was much milling around and taking into custody.  Don't know who was more stupid - me for driving a white Escort with red "go-faster" stripes on surveillance, or them for not spotting it!

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Re: King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2015, 14:40:16 »
Wasnt there one attached to a petrol garage almost opposite?

Yes, there was a petrol station there in a small lay-by on the left going to London, it was a BP station.

I believe the station closed and that white portacabin remained there for ages.

The cafe`s either side of the road were Little Chefs and we used to go there late on Saturday nights instead of Farthing Corner, which had it`s day by then with us all.

I am talking 1968 as I had my red Mini Cooper, there was a high fence put up in the central reservation to stop us daredevils from going from side to side but the fence was pulled down in places.

No idea when one of them was demolished but there is still now an Esso garage on the up side.

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Re: King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2011, 11:52:36 »
Paul, I agree with that

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Re: King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011, 10:45:40 »
Wasnt there one attached to a petrol garage almost opposite?
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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Re: King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 10:22:49 »
I don't think it ever opened, and there was only one - on the south side.

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Re: King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010, 13:27:09 »
Theres an aerial pic here.
http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=51.41065463392336~0.37567161988454245&lvl=19&sty=h

There used to be one either side of the A2 if i remember correctly.
Used to stop there regularly it was all Formica and plastic then.
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King's Cafeteria, A2 Gravesend
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010, 12:19:59 »
Hi all,

Does anybody have any memories or even better, photos of the old King's Cafeteria that used to sit alongside the A2 close to Gravesend and Northfleet? It was an old white square pre-fab that had sat derelict for many years before being demolished 2 or 3 years ago due to the resiting of the A2. It always looked sad and vulnerable in its final years covered in graffitti, even though I seem to remember it was wire-fenced off, presumably on H&S reasons. Despite the abuse it suffered the old "KINGS" name could still be seen. It also seemed to constantly have a "FOR SALE" board attached to it. I would assume it must have been a popular rest spot in its time. I must have driven past it hundred's of times and always wondered what it was like inside, sad to see the little landmark go, thought it was a surviver!
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