Until the early 2000s the Royal Mail sorting office was in the centre of Rainham opposite the Green Lion pub. The site was redeveloped and the buildings demolished to build the retirement flats that are currently there. 

These photos were taken in 2001 when the building had already closed and the land was up for sale. Reynolds Health & Fitness is the building behind the trees.


These photos of Rainham from the air were taken in 2013. Thanks to Den Lyon for providing them

This photo of the Natwest branch in Rainham was taken in around 1972. Incredibly this is one of the few locations that is very little changed since then. Try spotting the difference with the 2014 shot below. Cash machines and litter bins added but the building looks very little changed


This photo of Liptons Rainham was taken around 1972. This was the site of the old cinema known as the Bug Hutch. Harris and Bone estate agents were next door. Look atthe prices in the shop window, whisky and gin were both £2.55 a bottle!


Old photos by decade

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