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 looking towards Rainham 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

Looking up Orchard Street towards Thames Avenue, 2001

 

Below: Looking towards Rainham with the cleared site after Lukehursts warehouse demolished showing view through to church and Millennium centre

Looking towards Rainham with the cleared site after Lukehursts warehouse demolished showing view through to church and Millennium centr

Below: Site after Lukehursts warehouse demolished showing view through to church and Millennium centre

Site after Lukehursts warehouse demolished showing view through to church and Millennium centre

 Below: Orchard Street Car sales site looking towards school

 Orchard Street Car sales site looking towards school

Below: Same location photo of new houses built on Orchard Car sales site, 2003

Same location photo of new houses built on Orchard Car sales site, 2003

 

Providence Chapel Orchard Street, 2001

Orchard Street outside St Margarets School, 2001

New houses, 2003

Former Church Hall site, now flats on Hurst Close/Orchard Street

 

These photos of Orchard Street Rainham were taken in around 2002 before the bypass land was released and the new housing was built on the former Orchard Street Car Sales and Lukehursts green warehouse

Old Photos of Orchard Street Rainham Old Photos of Orchard Street Rainham Old Photos of Orchard Street Rainham

Photos below of Orchard Street during winter of 1987 kindly provided by Darren H

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