Even in recent timeframes the local area has changed significantly and one example is Orchard Street. I believe land was retained to allow for a bypass to be built avoiding the centre of Rainham but when this plan was cancelled the land was then redeveloped.

The photo below from 2001 shows the old Lukehurst warehouse with the green wall and corrugated tin roof and car sales yard before the site was cleared to build the new flats

Many of the older houses in Rainham and elsewhere were given names for various blocks of houses. One set of houses in Orchard Street Rainham is known as Reads Terrace and is shown as being built in 1887. This is shortly after Providence Chapel further down Orchard Street was built in 1884

There is still a sign on the Reads Terrace houses showing the name and date of consrtuction

These are old photo of Broad Walk Rainham which is now High Street/A2. Broadwalk was the section of the A2 between Rainham Watling Street junction of Mierscourt Road and Otterham Quay Lane and is currently where the Rose Inn and the Congregational Church are located. I believe the houses in the photo below no longer exist. From Kelly's Directory it appears that Broadwalk was renamed High Street in the 1930s along with other street name changes in Rainham. How Rainham Kent Street Names have changed over the years

Broadwalk Rainham

I believe the houses above are the ones in the photo below to the left of the Chapel


This is an old photo of Moor Street Rainham, taken in approx 1910

Old photo of Moor Street Rainham

The same Moor Street location in 2014


The estate comprising of The Goldings and The Platters off Marshall Road was built from around 1979. These are some photos taken of the construction of the Goldings/Platters Farm estate from Marshall Road in 1980. During the building work several Dene holes were discovered which delayed the construction to excavate and then to fill the holes for houses to safely be built.

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When was The Goldings/The Platters Built? Photo of Building The Goldings Rainham in 1980