H Wells General Stores, Grocery & Provisions
 
On the corner of Wakeley Road and Station Road Rainham what was the Computer Cabs office is currently being redeveloped and the work uncovered this old shop sign for H Wells General Stores.  Does anyone know when this was H Wells General Stores? There is info about later owners in Kelly's Directory
 

Photo:Peter Matthews

 In the 1970s it was a corner shop owned by Vic & Florrie Morris

Lydia Post remembers that Mr and Mrs Wells had this grocery shop in the 1950s...there were little grocery shops everywhere.. Just a few houses up Station Rd where the Chinese take away is was Mr Chandlers grocery shop...and opposite..what was later the post office just below railway crossing that was a hardwear store..There were always pots, pans, baskets etc hanging from beams in the ceiling...they sold all.manner of things. I could tell alot about Rainham...moved here in 1937 aged 5 and have seen SO many changes

 A couple of doors down from Henry street in Station Road..was a barber shop...a Mr .Pearce. Us children would go on a Saturday morning or in school holiday for a trim...He had a waiting room in which there was a machine on the wall (no not what you think) we would all stand in a circle and hold hands..one of us would put a coin in the machine and we all got an electric shock !!!wouldnt be allowed these days...I think it was designed for men not for kids...It was a horrible feeling but you daren't refuse to join in or else you would be called chicken 

 

These shots of Rainham High Street show how it has changed over the years.

This photo was taken around 1940 showing what is now Barclays Bank in the foreground to the right. To the left is The Cricketers pub. Rainham Shopping centre was built in the late 1970s on the woodland area with access created by demolition of the row of houses and blacksmith shop. The Cricketers pub has been rebuilt in this picture so it's further from the A2.

This one of same location was taken around 1950, you can see the fence round the war memorial after the bench. The Coronation clock is missing so the photo was prior to 1953.

In roughly the same location in 2018 this photo shows Barclays without the two shops at the end of the building.

The photo below was taken in 2001 showing Barclays Bank and The Cricketers pub

The photo below was taken in 2004

 

The same shot from Rainham Church tower in 2012 - this time more leaves on the trees obscuring Barclays Bank

 

This photo was shared by Daisy May

This was the Herbert Road Street Party in June 1953 for Elizabeth R 1953 Coronation

This video was shot around Rainham station in 2016 and shows the railway line leading into distance of Gillingham and the Oast community centre adjacent to the tracks 

 

 https://youtu.be/TFY-8vhIoHc

 

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