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Offline gatsovandel

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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2012, 16:54:44 »
Yes Silkenrobe, he did have a smaller riding school at Capstone Park Chatham.

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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2012, 16:45:08 »
I guess it is still standing as the owner has refused to sell the land or demolish the building.

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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2012, 16:36:51 »
Is there any reason it is still standing?

My only memories of this riding school are that it was always closed and I can't recall ever seeing a horse there and it's not as if I was very young when it was built
IIRC didn't Tony Rocco go on to have a riding school at Capstone Park?

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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2012, 15:32:12 »
Popped in here earlier today (say popped, but it involved climbing over huge mounds of dirt and then over 4 concrete cylinders 8 foot up!).  It is in a very sorry state.  Many more fires have been lit with everything being ripped apart by vandals.  Many of the chairs included, it is only a matter of time before it is flattened.

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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2012, 19:58:57 »
It is still standing there rotting away!

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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2011, 22:45:48 »
It's a shame, what a waste of a once nice place! Bit I do remember also looking around after it was in disrepair and remember a live gas main was hissing away inside. I reported this to the gas board but, have not been back since!

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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2010, 20:32:22 »
This is on my regular dog walk route so I see it almost daily....A real shame and a waste of something that could have been a great asset to Gillingham...
As I recall there was a row with the council over planning permission and access ( & parking )...
Matthew I think was the name of the owners son who was ill and I seem to remember died when very young....
The centre was named for him....

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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2010, 17:03:06 »
I too have memories of Mathews riding school. I took my young family to see a "wild west" style show. At one point a rider had to jump through a flaming hoop. The fire in the hoop spread to some loose hay on the ground and the fire spread quite quickly, all attempts to extinquish the fire initially seemed doomed. My instinct - which was obviously shared by all spectators - was to get my children out quickly. The fire was eventually brought under control, but to this day, I've never been so frightened in all my life.

 

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2010, 17:14:00 »
Totally shocked and sad to see these photos of my old riding school. Mathews was a great place in it's day. In my 80's childhood I saw all my favourite international show jumping stars compete there - John Whittaker, Harvey Smith, etc. Very sad that that the place has fallen into decay. Ran a search on google after visiting Gillingham last weekend. Couldn't believe how much the area has changed. Used to go to the Ice Rink regularly too. Ahhh, those were the days!

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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2010, 20:22:09 »
Some badly taken photo's from 2007

























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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2010, 19:09:18 »
Thats terrible.
I think the place was o.k it was what he intended to do with it.
Shame it wasn't now it was all going, the current bunch in the council with ideas of grandeur would have loved it.
They are talking of a Tennis Academy just round the corner where Greens have their Boot Fairs
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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2010, 18:32:42 »
Built by local businessman Tony Rocco who lived next door at Walnut Tree Farm.
Named after his late son.

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Re: Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2010, 18:20:47 »
Yes, Lower Rainham Road, Walnut Tree Farm apparently. I remember the Mathews guy was some big shot in the equestrian world who had big ideas but it all went a bit flat and the money ran out.
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2010, 11:37:14 »
If it`s the place I remember ...it`s on the Lower Rainham Road or Grange Road ....can`t be sure !!

If my memory serves me right, it was built without planning permission with the view of holding international equestrian events but the council got all shirty about lack of access........but let`s face it the road infrastructure nowadays is totally different to when it was built !!!


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Mathews Riding School.
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2010, 22:03:02 »
I'm sure there was a post somewhere on here asking about Mathew's Riding School.

Two of my photos taken last year.




 

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