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

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

Old photo of Broad Walk Rainham. 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


Pictures of historic hempstead kent. This photo is of Hempstead Hill looking towards the site of the old smallpox isolation hospital situated off Hoath Lane Wigmore. This photo was taken prior to the building of the A278 Link road to join the A2 to the M2 at junction 4 and appears to show that the road splits at the bottom of Hempstead Hill near Spekes Road and goes in the direction of Hoath Lane and Woodside as well as towards Darland Banks/Gillingham.

The road now only goes to the left towards Darland Banks and the right hand fork is a tunnel under the A278 Hoath Way nicknamed the Love Tunnel.

The buildings above the junction are the Smallpox Isolation hospital, named in the photo as Wigmore Hospital.

 Pictures of historic hempstead kent, old photo of hempstead hill and wigmore hospital

 pictures of historic hempstead kent

Hempstead Valley shopping centre shortly after construction in 1978