This photo of Knights Stores on the corner of Motney Hill Road and Lower Rainham Road in Rainham Kent was probably taken in the 1950s and shows two young lads who are captioned as "Hart cousins of RF Sabey". 

Following sharing the photo the names of the boys were suggested as Roger Christopher on the left and Billy Hart.

There are signs for Lyons Cakes and Lyons Coffee in the windows. It was previously known as Elm Cottage Stores, Lower Road, East Rainham when owned by the Costen family.

From 1968 the store was taken over by Mr and Mrs Hills and known as Hills Stores until it closed in the 1990s and was converted to a private house.

Paul Stephens has provided this further information. The shop was brought by I believe John and Dorothy Knight from my great grandparents Arthur and Emily Costen in the early 1950's they had owned the shop from around 1900.
I think it was a very small community down there at the time as my late father Philip Stephens and mother Daphne Costen were courting at the time and Philips Grandmother was Agnes May Hart. So there must a been a bit of family trading going on when the shop was sold.

Photo thanks to Jane Absolom

 Knights Stores Motney Hill Lower Rainham Road Rainham Kent RF Sabey



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