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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #69 on: May 21, 2017, 14:40:23 »




Both pictures from the estate of E. C. Pilcher

AEC ‘Y’ Type lorry, Reg. KN8854. Both pictures show the same vehicle. It was already more than ten years old when it was purchased in 1934.  At some point it was converted to a charabanc and in the second picture it is seen outside the Chiltern Hundreds on the way to the Derby.   

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #68 on: March 14, 2017, 09:50:32 »
Hi rfp, I think I can help with your coach photo. It is taken outside the New Inn, Luton Road. There was the original hanging in the bar when we had the pub. The man on the extreme right with a central parting in his hair is Alf Crouch a very congenial man who played the accordion and he was still using the pub in the 70's. Also front row second from the right is a man named Wally. The shop opposite is Les Olvers newsagents and Tray Ripley's second-hand  shop.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #67 on: March 13, 2017, 09:20:55 »


This picture (my picture) was taken inside the barn. Part of the barn was used as stables and this picture shows a beam above one of the stalls. With a bit of a squint the letters “Jonny” can be made out, the name of a horse.

The last two working horses to occupy the stables were actually Bess and Soldier. They pulled coal carts. The coaches were motorised of course but there was a coal and coke company which used horses up until the Second World War. My thanks to my informant Herbert Spendiff who also tells me that his father, Bill Spendiff, drove Bess and his uncle, Ernie Hayward, drove Soldier.

Bess and Soldier were not the very last inhabitants of the stables. That honour went to Cinders, a small pony that lived at the yard for a while in the late seventies.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #66 on: December 20, 2016, 19:34:49 »


This was a mystery picture in the Medway Messenger. Thanks and apologies to Local World Limited. It is not absolutely certain that this is a Pilchers outing, though it is highly likely.



Luton Road at the junction with York Hill. The fast food outlet on the left was formerly the New Inn public house.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #65 on: October 10, 2016, 10:02:58 »

Beacon Road in 2015. My picture.

In 1928 Alf married Ivy Stacy. Ivy can be seen in the Beacon Road picture aged 25. She is standing fifth from the left in a dark coat and light dress. Alf is possibly one of the white coated drivers but it is impossible to be sure.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #64 on: February 01, 2016, 19:56:51 »


Alf Cate. My Picture.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #63 on: December 20, 2015, 11:26:40 »
Alfred William Cate truly was one of nature’s gentlemen. His mother was born Lily Maud Cate in 1891. Lily married Herbert William Pilcher in 1917 so Alf was also one of the family.

Harry “H” Griffiths was the person trying to balance the books and a thankless task it was too.

Both men served the company for more than fifty years.

My thanks to Helen Biddle for her research.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #62 on: November 08, 2015, 21:43:09 »

I remember Aif Cates, he was gentleman, always smartly dressed, he would always help you if you had a problem, meanwhile back in the office there was a man who did the books, his name escapes me, he was forever trying to balance the books.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #61 on: June 23, 2014, 22:24:04 »

The old barn in Beacon Road, 1979. My Picture

Beacon Road in 2013. Picture - Paul Dennis

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #60 on: November 02, 2013, 22:05:54 »
It was sad to see the demise of the site.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #59 on: November 02, 2013, 21:50:19 »

Beacon Hill in 1988. My picture.


The same scene today. Picture - Paul Dennis.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #58 on: October 06, 2013, 11:24:46 »

Paul Fleming. My picture.

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #57 on: September 27, 2013, 10:00:37 »

Church Hill in 1988 - My Picture


Church Hill, 2013.     Picture - Paul Dennis

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #56 on: March 07, 2013, 08:13:32 »
I've got great memories of Pilchers Coaches from school trips etc , can still picture the upholstery of the seats vividly! We use to live at 120 Chatham Hill (the house on the left at the top of Stoney Alley) and often saw near misses between cars and coaches at the junction with Chatham Hill and Upper Luton Rd. One incident that I'll never forget happened right outside the house when I was a kid . A Coach, travelling down Chatham hill on its way back to the yard, moved over to the right in order to make the tight hairpin turn into Upper Luton road. A car driver for some reason tried to undertake the coach and the inevitable happened. The car ended up buried in the side luggage lockers. The police arrived and got the driver out of the car. Trying to clear the road asap, the coach driver reversed off the car and, being unmanned and unbraked, it started to roll rapidly toward our house. The quick thinking policeman dived through the open drivers window and pulled the handbrake just in time to stop it crashing into our front door !!!

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Re: Pilchers Coaches, Chatham
« Reply #55 on: March 06, 2013, 20:59:54 »
I've just read your bit on the site. I used to work with your dad. Sorry to hear he has passed away, he was a nice man and I'm not just saying that he was. We did a few what we called 24 hour flyers to Blackpool together with two drivers. We left at 08.00 Saturday and got back 08.00 Sunday morning; it was just to see the lights. Great memories! I remember the last trip I did with him was when he got his new coach. It was still painted in grey undercoat and about every 30 miles the clutch went. Where it got hot we would pull over let it cool down and start again. I don`t think there are many of us left from those times. I then went to Olsen's. Happy days.

 

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