This plan of the Wigmore area is on display in the Smallholders Club in Wigmore. The label says Plan of Wigmore Estate near Chatham, 336 acres and is dated March 1912. Head Office: 46 Queen Victoria Street, London EC.


The greengrocer's shop FT Barden was at 109 High Street Rainham Kent. The building is now occupied by Eight restaurant having previously been a restaurant called 109.

This photo was taken in 1979

Photo thanks to Janice Fehribach

 This is the same location now

As of early July 2016 the White Horse Pub in Rainham has closed. According to a sign in the window the pub has been handed back to the owners Enterprise Inns by the landlords, Leon and Craig.

Hopefully the White Horse public house will continue under new landlords/owners, if it survived a massive fire, it would be a shame if it closed as a result of economics. Read about The Destruction of the White Horse Inn

In the meantime if you're looking for a beer in Rainham you can visit the Cricketers or new micropub The Prince of Ales.

Photo of the White Horse Rainham in early 1900s.

Stories/rumours on social media suggest proposals ranging from:

(a) It's closed will not re-open;
(b) it's closed and will re-open in a month under new management;
(c) it's been bought by Shepherd Neame;
(d) it's been bought by Shepherd Neame, but they won't be re-opening it;
(e) it's going to be a hotel.


The statement in the window is below:

The statement about the White Horse closing

The White Horse pub in 1970s

Bloors Wharf has probably taken its name from the old mansion house just to the south, adjacent to the junction of Bloors Lane and Lower Rainham Road. A wharf called Blowers Key is listed in a survey commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I in 1566 in the ownership of John Tuston. This survey listed Rainham as having eight inhabited houses and three keys (quays).

The wharf became part of Riverside Country Park in 1997. Prior to this the area had been used for a number of industrial purposes including ship breakers and scrap yard; evidence of this can be seen below the waterline.

Further info received via Facebook thanks to Alan West:

Shaws of Kent Ltd. was the name of the scrapyard there during the 1950's. Mr H Shaw lived at 16, Appledore Road, and his brother, the joint owner lived in Featherby road.




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