The Rainham Coop Store stood opposite St Margaret's Church next to the White Horse pub and sold items such as clothing, shoes and homeware. It was demolished in 1997 and the site left vacant for some time before the NHS Rainham Healthy Living Centre was built. The store had an upstairs/upper floor called Rainham Co-operative Hall that was used by various groups for meetings and social events like dances.
Sandra Perkins has been in touch and said "My Mothers parents and my Grandparents, Royston & Ethel Black were Old Time Dance teachers at the Co-op. Upstairs in the hall was one of many places they taught, they lived in Rainham most of their married lives until their deaths"
These photos of the demolition in November 1997 were kindly provided by Peter Manning
The scene in 2001 following the demolition looking towards the church & White Horse pub.