There was a huge fire at Parkwood Junior School, Deanwood Drive in February 1979 where virtually the whole school was gutted. The fire started around 10pm and 40 firefighters were needed to tackle it. Police didn't rule out arson but I've not seen any subsequent follow ups to show if it was ever found to be deliberate or not.

Parkwood School Fire 1979

Parkwood School, Deanwood drive, Fire 1979

Parkwood School Fire 1979

Headmaster Mr A de B Apps was called to the fire, caretaker at the time was Mr Ted Divers. Charles Dunford, caretaker of the Infants school was the last to leave the building before the fire took hold

Parkwood School Fire 1979

Parkwood School Fire 1979

Photos of Rainham taken in the 1980s

 

The Farm Shop & Bayswater were located on 164/162 High Street Rainham. This photo was taken in 1987 showing both shops together. These shops are now (2021) occupied by BK Fire and Linehans Hair salon.

The Farm Shop & Bayswater were located on 164/162 High Street Rainham

The same location in 2021

The Farm Shop & Bayswater were located on 164/162 High Street Rainham. Photo 2021

Photos of Rainham from the 1960s. This isn't a decade that is well represented so if you have any photos please email them in

Finwell Road in 1967

Photos of Rainham in the 2000s