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.
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).
This is a selection of some key newspaper front pages and their headlines during the 1980s. A further selection will be added later. Some key events covered by these newspaper headlines are the Great Storm of 1987, first mention of global warming, IRA Brighton Hotel bomb in 1984, Romanian Revolution 1989, Lockerbie PanAm terrorist bombing