Manor Farm has photos of wrong Rainham!

 
I was in the Manor Farm pub recently and on their walls are old photos of Rainham. It is a nice touch to see pictures of how the area used to be so when we spotted one photo we were trying to work out where it was taken.

The name wasn't familiar, Bridge Road nor the scene of flooding with a church in the background. A quick search of the web showed that it was actually not a local scene and was actually taken in Rainham, Essex!
You can see more photos of Rainham Essex here

http://www.rainhamweb.co.uk/history/past2.html

 

Often we are looking at elements of history all around us but not the one place we walk all the time - beneath our feet! There are many examples showing the history of the local area and how it has developed and changed over the years. Some of the manhole and utility covers show the names and dates of long gone companies but do reflect the changes over the years. Next time you are out have a look beneath your feet and see what you can spot!

The cover below shows CDWW, 1948. I believe this is Chatham and District Water Works and would be one of the older water mains in the area when some of the new estates were being built along Maidstone Road.

Water cover Rainham Water company

The cover below shows CDWW, 1955, again showing the likely ages of the roads that were built after the Second World War.

A later one then follows with RWC - presumably Rainham Water Company

Water cover Rainham Water company

Finally a reminder of the old Borough of Gillingham, now consumed into Medway Council unitary authority.

Water cover Rainham Water company

Maps of Rainham Kent over the years. These maps show how Rainham Kent has grown in size over the last 150 years.

 


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Rainham Mark c1869

1938 Map as PDF file (580kb)

 

 

Programme for Rainham Horticultural Society Show 1957

The scans below are of the Programme for Rainham Horticultural Society Show 1957. They show some of the local businesses in Rainham Kent that were operating in 1957 which gives a glimpse into life in Rainham in the 1950s. Very few of these local traders are still operating in Rainham.

Click on the pages to see a larger version. Notice the adverts for Watts The Chemist and other shops that have since closed.

 

 

 

 

Programme for Rainham Horticultural Society Show 1957
 
Click on the pages to see a larger version. Notice the adverts for Watts The Chemist and other shops that have since closed.
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