Rainham hop pickers 1926. Great Grannie Mudge is the lady in the centre. She lived in Solomon Road, next to the school. She was the mother of Hilda Mudge who married Herbert Baden Powell Gooding at St Margaret’s Church and lived with the Gooding family in her later years in Solomon Road.
My great-great grandfather Horace Smith was a timekeeper at a brick field in Rainham. In 1881, aged 20, he lived with his family at 8 Broad Walk, and was described in the census as a "Clerk in Brickfield".
I recently received a request for information about the location of Ashe House that was the residence/practice of a Doctor Drake located in Wigmore. This shows how with the help of local directories I've managed to identify the location
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.
Richard Arthur Onyx Owyn Light seems to have been disowned by his family and moved around the country quite a lot. He went missing in 1919 and seems to have married Florence E Quarton and appears again in Nottingham
The description of James (1840-1924) and Willie (1852-1916) as relatives of the wedding couple, Henry and Elizabeth, led me to consult Kent marriage records available through FreeReg.org.uk. I did not find a marriage between members of the Edmonds and Dennis or Wells families on any date since 1800. However, the source of the photo, Dave Cory Dennis, has now assured me that the bride is his paternal grandmother and that her mother, Elizabeth (1833-1922), shown seated beside the bride, was a sister of William Edmonds (1822-1902).
Sid Callaway- Farmer and Cricket Patron. Having joined Rainham Cricket Club in 1919 he served the club as a player, president and patron until 1988 when he died. He goes down in history as the longest serving member of the club to date and the most important patron since Richard Wakeley Junior, another farmer who served as captain and patron during the early 1900s.