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Offline 80sChild

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #63 on: March 25, 2017, 14:45:54 »
When I was a child living in Walderslade we would sometimes go for a walk into the woods as a family.

But there's one memory that's always intrigued me and that is I have a very faint, almost blurred memory that there use to be some swings and a slide in the woods, near the base of the path that leads up to the end of Tunbury Avenue South, near the School.

A few years ago, just out of curiosity,  I actually went back to Walderslade, just to see how much the area has changed over the years (I'll leave that story for another time...).

As I entered the woodlands I remembered these faint memories, and I thought I`d try and look for them.

Both to my JOY and ASTONHISHMENT I discovered that they were still there!  :)

Unfortunately, both the swings and the slide themselves have long since gone (probably due to vandalism), but the foundations are still visible in the ground.

In the next two pictures you can clearly see the concrete base that the slide was attached to in the undergrowth:

https://postimg.org/image/j35apbmix/

https://postimg.org/image/p5cxftayx/

And in this photo, if you look closely, you just about see the remains of the steps leading up to the top of the slide, which ran along next to it:

https://postimg.org/image/4nwkhwo95/

You can make out two faint wooden levels in the centre of the picture.

The only thing I can find is the base of the swings. From what I can recall I think it was next to the slide on the left hand side, and there is a large opening there, but I can't find any traces of concrete foundations in the ground.

Seeing how old I was when I faintly remembered it that must be at least 40 years old by now.

Like I said, I was/am glad to have come upon it again after all these years.  :)

If anyone else was living in that area during the 70's and 80's I'd be curious to hear if anyone else can remember this.

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #62 on: November 17, 2016, 13:02:35 »
Never noticed that before! It's one of those things you could quite easily miss whilst traveling by. Might keep an eye out for that...

I was watching a show on Channel 4 called George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, and apparently after the First World War a lot of old carriages were sold off, and many of them ended up in people's gardens as sheds and summer houses.

Some of them even housed wounded soldiers from the war, who recuperated there...

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #61 on: October 30, 2016, 08:59:47 »
There appears to be a train-carriage house along Princes Avenue - Length and shape check out. Can't imagine it will last long on that much land though.






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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #60 on: September 23, 2016, 19:29:21 »
Petrol prices were between 76 and 78 pence per gallon (ah those were the days) in the years between 1976 and 1978,which dates the picture quite nicely

https://www.theaa.com/public_affairs/reports/Petrol_Prices_1896_todate_gallons.pdf
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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #59 on: September 23, 2016, 16:27:56 »
80sChild,

Previously I have chanced upon

http://s974.photobucket.com/user/davidt131/library/?sort=3&page=2

This contains quite a variety of early Medway area including Walderslade.  Hope you find this of interest.

Some of those pictures are great.

This one for example:

http://s974.photobucket.com/user/davidt131/media/001.jpg.html?sort=3&o=26

Has far as I can tell that was about 1968, so that would have been about the time my father and his parents (my grandparents) would have been around that area. :)

But for me this is perhaps the best picture of the Village I've (so far) come across:

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u405/anthonyempett/SCAN0015.jpg

Posted earlier on this thread by another member, I love it because (a) it's the first picture I've seen so far that's actually in COLOUR and (b) it's probably the closest to the late 70's/early 80's period I've seen yet. :)
Not sure when it was taken, but judging by the red car hidden behind the hedge halfway up (which I think might be a Cortina) it's probably the late 70's (about 77 onwards, possibly).

I've not shown my father these pictures yet, I think he's going to like them!

Also, I've noticed a few of the Pentagon Centre in there has well. Again, looking at them this is also something I really remember from my childhood, but I'll save that for another thread. :)

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #58 on: September 22, 2016, 20:43:58 »
From 1962 'till about 1972, my parents lived at "Rozelle", Princes Ave., Walderslade. It was a 3 bed, living room & bathroom  + kitchen extension at the rear, corrugated iron bungalow with veranda on 3 sides, about 100yds. past Dargetts Lane on th L.H.side. ( They built a pair of semi's there when my Mother moved away). In those days Princes Ave. was Unmade- very!- from Dargetts to Luton. I'm sure I, or my Dad- who cycled to Luton regularly- would have noticed a railway carriage along there, unless it was very well concealed.

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #57 on: September 17, 2016, 23:52:30 »
80sChild,

Previously I have chanced upon

http://s974.photobucket.com/user/davidt131/library/?sort=3&page=2

This contains quite a variety of early Medway area including Walderslade.  Hope you find this of interest.


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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #56 on: September 17, 2016, 20:59:53 »
Some used old railway carriges.  There's a house along Princes avenue that I think could be built of train carriages - if so it may well be the last.  The lady who lives in it will probably be the last to - unless it gets preserves for future generations - it would make a lovely museum for local history!  But it'll probably end up as 3 building plots - like most of the others have!
My sister used to live in Brendon Avenue - which is just above and behind the school in Dargets hill!

Been up and down this road looking for this house made of train carriages .... Anyone know the approximate location? Would really love to see it.

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #55 on: August 15, 2016, 17:06:04 »
Great photo Ajemp - thanks for sharing it. I would think it is probably closer to 30 years ago than 20, as it's pre-bypass. Not sure when that was built but it was definitely a good few years before 1992. Have you got any more photos of Walderslade from that era? I'm sure there are a few of us who'd love to see them.

I know I definitely would! :)

I grew up around that area as child in the 1980's and I have such fond memories of the village and the woodlands.
Unfortunately my family have practically NO photographs of Walderslade during the 70s and 80s AT ALL! The only pictures of Walderslade we have are all family photos of our family and house.

If I'm honest, that colour photo of the garage is the closest I've actually seen from that time.
I've spent ages in the past searching online for pictures like that, but old photos of Walderslade seem to be either very recent pictures (taken in the last few years) or those dating back to the 1920s and 30s (which for me is a bit too far back - my grandparents didn't even move to the village until the 1960s!).
As far as I can tell, there's practically NO photos of Walderslade in the 70s and 80s online at all.

I would so love to see if there are any pictures of Walderslade in the mid 1970s to the 1980s available anywhere online, just to see if it compares to how my (distant) memories remember the place!

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #54 on: October 11, 2012, 17:42:10 »

I noticed a house up for auction which overlooks the now Petrol station/Sherwood Oak pub

http://www.cliveemson.co.uk/listing_view.asp?Lot=22&Auc=157

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #53 on: March 07, 2012, 11:52:35 »

 What a fabulous photo, cant believe the open countryside  what a great find!!

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #52 on: March 03, 2012, 16:02:27 »
Yet another newly acquired postcard. This one shows Reeves bus at the bottom of Robin Hood Lane. Probably 1920s.


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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #51 on: February 18, 2012, 23:24:18 »
These photos are incredible, its strange because with time everything changes life and the city changes, but when you flash back looking at old picture you  can still some of the history before and after.
Especially with one of the other threads in the forum regarding the Skyline at the old granville hotel, that was bombed and I think was used by the Canadians as a hospital
   

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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #50 on: February 18, 2012, 18:58:32 »
Regarding the posts of 16th February on Boundaries, there is a map of the Medway local authority ward boundaries in this link:
http://www.medway.gov.uk/councilanddemocracy/elections/previouselections/councilelections2011/resultsindetail2011.aspx

But to confuse the issue, parts of Walderslade are in Maidstone local authority area, and parts are in Tonbridge and Malling for parliamentary elections. And the boundary between Chatham and Gillingham 'zig-zags' from one side of the road to the other up Chatham Hill and along Watling Street between Luton Arches and Barnsole Road.

And I bet if you throw in parish boundaries it will get even more confusing!
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Re: Walderslade Valley
« Reply #49 on: February 18, 2012, 18:32:54 »
 I wonder if the rates are very differant?

 

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