Local Documents about Rainham

These documents are not historical records but show more about everyday life in Rainham Kent over the years.

Programme for Rainham Horticultural Society Show 1957

Fairview School Oral History Project - video and transcripts of interviews including Freddie Cooper

Costs of Building in Woodside,Wigmore 1939

Rainham Jubilee Parade, June 2002 (2.5Mb WMV video file, fast connection recommended)

 

 

The Thai Chilli Restaurant at the Green Lion has closed. The Green Lion pub is still open

 

Photo of Thai Chilli Restaurant at The Green Lion Pub, Rainham, 2006

The tinted colour photos of Upchurch Pottery shop and Tudor Cafe in Rainham Kent are commercial postcards.  My parents had done them as 'publicity' for the Tudor Cafe.  I do not know if the postcard company,  Rafael Tuck, still exists.

Upchurch pottery and Tudor Cafe

The newspaper cutting of Edward Baker would likewise have been the copyright of the local newspaper (I think, the "Kent Messenger"), which printed it, but since that was also mid 1930s, must also be free of copyright.



The black and white photo of the cafe was probably taken in the mid 1930s by a local professional photographer on commission by my parents, since it looks rather good for a 'snap' by someone in my family.

The address was 333 High Street Rainham.   The Potter, Edward Baker, originally worked at Upchurch Pottery, and was part of the Baker family who owned it and had brought it to Upchurch from Hoo many years before.   When my parents bought it, they set up a pottery and kiln on the 333 High Street site, and they employed Edward Baker, who came to work there.  This was named the Roeginga Pottery, after the Roman name of the area.
My mother was a talented pottery decorator, and many of the pots made there had floral decorations which she had painted.

As far as I can understand they then sold the original Upchurch Pottery, with the intention of maintaining pottery manufacture at the High Street site, until the ambitions of Adolf Hitler put a stop to all that.


Rainham Telephone Numbers

List compiled by David Auger from British Phone Books. These show the local Rainham businesses in the early 20th Century and the growth of the telephone between 1908 and 1925.

July 1908

Rainham 1 PUBLIC CALL OFFICE E. Cozens

Rainham 10 ADIE Charles , Jobmaster “White Horse”

Rainham 15 ASSOCIATED Portland Cement Manufacturers

(1900) Ltd ( Clay Manager ) Newport villas

Rainham 2 BARRON & Co. Ltd, Portland Cement Manfrs Falcon Cement wks

Rainham 12 BRICE S.J. & Sons Clay Merchants Tufton rd

Rainham 8 BRICE W. & G., Clay Merchants Station rd

Rainham 4 CO-OPERATIVE Society Rainham

Rainham 9 CURLING Walter Philip , Handicapper Lion hotel

Rainham 5 KEMP Bros, Builders & Contractors Rainham

Rainham 14 KNIGHT Alfred Joseph , Brick Manufr Otterham quay

Rainham 11 MARTIN, Earle & Co. Ltd., Cement Mnfrs Wickhm Rchstr

Rainham 6 PENFOLD Fred W. H., Surgeon Maidale house

Rainham 3 POLES H. N. Cement Manufacturer Rainham

Rainham 13 SCOTT Fred , Farmer Rainham

Rainham 7 WAKELEY Bros, Corn, Brick Mrchnts Rainham

Rainham 16 WAKELEY Joseph Moor st ho

July 1909

Rainham 1 PUBLIC CALL OFFICE Cozens, E.

Rainham 10 ADIE Charles , Jobmaster “White Horse”

Rainham 2 BARRON & Co. Ltd, Portland Cement Manfrs Falcon Cement wks

Rainham 12 BRICE S.J. & Sons, Clay Merchants Tufton rd

Rainham 8 BRICE W. & G., Clay Merchants Station rd

Rainham 4 CO-OPERATIVE Society Rainham

Rainham 9 CURLING Walter Philip , Handicapper Lion hotel

Rainham 5 KEMP Bros, Builders & Contractors Rainham

Rainham 14 KNIGHT Alfred Joseph , Brick Manufr Otterham quay

Rainham 11 MARTIN, Earle & Co. Ltd., Cement Mnfrs Wickhm Rchstr

Rainham 6 PENFOLD Fred W. H., Surgeon Maidale house

Rainham 3 POLES H. N. Cement Manufacturer Rainham

Rainham 1 POST Office (for Postal facilities ONLY) High st

Rainham 13 SCOTT Fred , Farmer Rainham

Rainham 16 WAKELEY Joseph Moor st ho

Rainham 7 WAKELEY Bros, Corn, Brick Merchants Rainham

 

January 1910

Rainham 1 RAINHAM High Street Cozens, E.

Rainham 10 ADIE Charles , Jobmaster “White Horse”

Rainham 2 BARRON & Co. Ltd., Portland Cement Manfrs Falcon Cement wks

Rainham 12 BRICE S.J. & Sons, Clay Merchants Tufton rd

Rainham 8 BRICE W. & G., Clay Merchants Station rd

Rainham 4 CO-OPERATIVE Society Rainham

Rainham 9 CURLING Walter Philip , Handicapper Lion hotel

Rainham 5 KEMP Bros, Builders & Contractors Rainham

Rainham 14 KNIGHT Alfred Joseph , Brick Manufr Otterham quay

Rainham 11 MARTIN, Earle & Co. Ltd., Cmnt Mnfrs Wickhm Rchstr

Rainham 6 PENFOLD Fred W. H., Surgeon Maidale house

Rainham 3 POLES H. N. Cement Manufacturer Rainham

Rainham 1 POST Office (for Postal facilities ONLY) High st

Rainham 13 SCOTT Fred , Farmer Rainham

Rainham 15 WADE Arthur C. , “Alindene” Century rd

Rainham 16 WAKELEY Joseph Moor st ho

Rainham 7 WAKELEY Bros, Corn, Brick Merchants Rainham

September 1924

Rainham 10 ADIE Charles , Jobmaster “White Horse”

Rainham 35 ANDREWS C. E., Estate Agent, Buses Wigmore ho

Rainham 19 Barclays Bank Ltd. Rainham

Rainham 2 BARTLETT A., Motor Engineer 4 High st

Rainham 23 BATES Edward Macklands

Rainham 12 British Standard Cement Co. Wharf rd

Rainham 15 CLARK W. A., Farmer Pump fm Lr Rainham

Rainham 37 COLYER W. E., Stores, Estate Agent Rainham mark

Rainham 4 Co-operative Society Rainham

Rainham 24x3 DICKER Rev. A. G. H. Upchurch Rctry

Rainham 22 DURRELL W. & R. Genl. Engrs., Mlwrghs London rd

Rainham 11 Eastwoods Ltd., Brickmakers Lwr Halstow Nwngtn

Rainham 42 FILMER A. E. Waverley Lwr Rainham

Rainham 33y3 FINCH Rev. J. A. The Vicarage Brht

Rainham 17y3 FOX L. J. St Josephs Maidstone rd

Rainham 31 GILLHAM E. R. York rd Wigmore

Rainham 24y3 GRAY Major M. K. East Moor

Rainham 28 GROVE F. E., Irnmngr, Hrdwre Dmstc Rainham market

Rainham 32y HALES W., Butcher Upchurch S’borne

Rainham 24x1 HARVEY Leonard , Estate Agent Ottenham farm

Rainham 18 HERROD L. M. Horticultural Chemist Rainham

Rainham 24y2 HINGE A., Farmer Horsham fm Upch

Rainham 33y2 HOGG W. H. , Farmer Bredhurst

Rainham 26 HOLLANDS Helena Maria P.O. Hartlip

Rainham 20 The International Tea Co.’s Stores Ltd. 92 Station rd

Rainham 29 JONES J. T. , Florist & Fruiterer 10 London rd

Rainham 5 KEMP Bros, Builders & Contractors Rainham

Rainham 33x1 KING Edward , Builder, Haulge Cntrctr King’s Lanley

Rainham 34 LACK W., Builder Heathfld Wigmore

Rainham 33y1 LEWIS G. I. W. , Commander R.N. Greencrt Bredhrst

Rainham 3 MATTOCKS F. T. Architect & Surveyor 111 Station rd

Rainham 36 MOAKES Charles Watling ho London rd

Rainham 33x2 MONDAY J., Licensed Victualler The Bell Bredhurst

Rainham 9 MOORE James Wm., Licensed Victuallr Lion Hotel

Rainham 24y1 O’CONNELL T. B., Brickworks Otterham quay

Rainham 38 PACKER Fred , Motor Haulage Cntrctr 33 High st

Rainham 8 POPE H. C. , Major R.M. Meresborough ho

Rainham 32x PRESLAND G. E. , Grocer & Draper Upchurch

Rainham 13 SCOTT Mrs. Fred. , Hop, Fruit Grower Rainham

Rainham 14 SIEMS & Son, Turf accountants Milton ho

Rainham 24x5 SOUTH Bert , Butcher & Grocer Halstow Sittingbourne

Rainham 21 STEWART James, Farmer Bloors pl Lr Rainham

Rainham 25 STINTON A. V. , Builder & Contractor Rainham

Rainham 17y2 SWAIN G. C. , Builder & Decorator Wigmore G’ham

Rainham 6 SYMONS Percival Washington , Medical

Practitioner Mardale ho

Rainham 43 TADMAN J. & Son, Wholesale Fruiterers Cntrctr High st

Rainham 17y1 TAYLOR Clifford John , Surgeon Karnak Woodside Wigmore

Rainham 17x3 TICKNER Mrs. K. , Tea, Tennis Grounds St Elmo Wigmore

Rainham 17y4 TURNER Edmund, Cooper Wigmore

Rainham 33x4 VELLA & Sons, Pig Breeders The Victory, Matts hill

Rainham 17x4 WAGNER J. J., Lieut. R.N. Talavera Wigmore

Rainham 7 WAKELEY Bros. (Rainham Kent Ltd.) Rainham

Rainham 16 WAKELEY Joseph Moor St ho

Rainham 27 WAKELEY Sydney Church ho

Rainham 30 WERNETT A. J. Hamilton av

Rainham 41 Wigmore & District Smallholders Club Springvale

Rainham 17x1 Window Cleaning & Carpet Beating Co. (The

Competent) Oakdene Springvale Wigmore

Rainham 24y4 WRAIGHT T. J. , Baker & Confectioner Upchurch S’brne

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