There is an exhibition at Rainham library until 31st July 2017 celebrating the independent shops in Rainham through photographs by Robin Halls. A great opportunity to check out the local businesses in the area. The exhibition is supported by Careful Now Promotions.

In a few years it will be good to see photos of the local shopkeepers, something that is normally missing from the history records now.


Back in the 1980s the Design & Technology department and A level students at Rainham Mark Grammar School built a hovercraft. This was used to give rides across the school field on open days and fairs as well as general messing about some lunchtimes! This photo was taken at a school fair in around June 1987

Charlotte Drive off Marshall Road Rainham Kent was built starting in the late 1980s. The road was constructed by the demolition of 33 Marshall Road in 1987 as shown in the below photos. The house was demolished to create the access initially for Charlotte Drive but Hudson Close, Jefferson Drive, Vancouver Drive and Jackson Close were added afterwards.

These photos were taken over a period of weeks as the house roof was removed and the site cleared so the new road could be constructed.


This photo also features a rather nice Ford Sierra XR4i registration A132NHJ which is no longer on the road!


Charlotte Drive as it is in 2017. The house next to Charlotte Drive has been substantially extended since 1987. The photo taken on a mobile phone is much clearer than an SLR photo from 1987!


Rainham Station was developed when the railway line was built in the mid 1800s and the first station was built around 1850. It has been redeveloped several times since then, most recently in the early 1990s

Rainham Station around 1972

Rainham Station around 1972 - area in the distance to the right is undeveloped at this time

Rainham Station around 1972

Above: Rainham station a few years earlier, around 1950

Below: Rainham station in the late 1800s, probably around 1890

Below: Rainham station 1987 during the snow



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