This photo of the VE Day party for children was taken on Thames Ave, Rainham Kent.  The piano was from my house at 1 Thames Ave on the far right is Mr. Heather playing the drums while his son Colin watched on.  My Mum is in the photo walking under the Union Jack.  My brother Brian Spenceley (wearing glasses) is seated just to the right of my Mum and I am to the right of him. 

Many thanks for the Photo supplied by Nora S. Suddarth
 

The photos kindly sent in show the serious quantity of snow that fell in January 1987. You can see how deep the snow is on the roads and how they are totally impassable. The whole of Medway as well as the wider Kent area were majorly affected by the snow and the amount of snow cut off various areas enough to warrant army food drops in some places.

I remember when trying to clear the snow from paths and the road was the problem of where to put it. There had been so much snow fall in a short time that if you cleared the paths you had to block part of the road and if you cleared the road the paths ended up getting blocked.

I can also recall driving from Bredhurst to Boxley after the snow had been cleared and being amazed how high the snow was at the sides of the road where the snow ploughs had cleared the way through. The snow was so high & deep that there was still snow melting months later at the top of Boxley Hill.

Thanks to Tony Gutteridge for these fantastic pictures

1) Looking up Hempstead Hill towards Gillingham Business park (tunnel would be to the right hand side of the photo)

1987 Snow - Looking up Hempstead Hill towards Gillingham Business park (tunnel would be to the right hand side of the photo)

2) Looking down Hempstead Hill towards Hempstead. Spekes Road to the left in the dip

1987 Snow - Looking down Hempstead Hill towards Hempstead. Spekes Road to the left in the dip

3) Hoath Lane looking north towards Courtney Road

Hoath Lane looking north towards Courtney Road

4) Hoath Lane looking South towards Woodside and Wigmore Road

Hoath Lane looking South towards Woodside and Wigmore Road

5) Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

 Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

6) Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

 Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

7)  Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

 Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

8)  Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

 Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

9)  Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

 Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

10) Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

 Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

11) Slightly lighter snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

Slightly lighter snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

12)  Snow at 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

Snow in the garden of 27 Wigmore Road in 1987 

 13) Snow in the garden of 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

 14) Snow in the garden of 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

Snow in the garden of 27 Wigmore Road in 1987

 

I've been experimenting with showing old and new photos together with a slider to compare them. Unfortunately I've had to create a separate webpage to host the Time Machine in order to get the coding to work

Click here to view the Rainham Time Machine

This one of Hoath Way in around 1930

 

Jas has kindly sent in this edited image of the Oast Community Centre in Rainham combining a current photo with one showing the hops being loaded from approx 1930s

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Roads around the Rainham - old photos of how roads used to look in days gone by