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Cage Lane Strood
Circa 1870 and 1876
Sladden's old drapers shop at the corner of Cage Lane, which is now called North Street, Strood. Also known as Angel corner this was the site of Strood Turnpike which was established 1768 and abolished in 1876.
Station Road Strood
Circa 1920 and 1930
Looking north towards the railway arches. The Gem Cinema is visible on the left. The Gem was opened on Christmas eve 1910 and had seats for 700 customers.
Rochester High Street
Any ideas which end of the High Street this could be? Some members reckon it maybe Bourne & Hilliers end near the site of the old Rochester Train station.
Barnard's Palace of Varieties, Chatham
Barnard’s Palace of Varieties was at numbers 107 and 109 on the north side of Chatham High Street (West). Next door at number 111 is Martin, tobacconist.
High Street Rainham
The Rainham and District Co-operative on Rainham High Street. A very popular shop for the community selling groceries, clothing and homeware.
High Street Chatham
Chatham High Street (West) in 1901. The view is looking east with The Globe Hotel in the distance. he Theatre Royal and Manor Road are to the right.
City of Rochester Map
It shows the area contained with the Rochester city wall, Boley Hill, The Common, Rochester Bridge and sailing vessels on the River Medway. The city coat of arms depicted in top right corner.
The Viscount Hardinge Public House Gillingham
The Viscount Hardinge Public House was situated on the corner of Gillingham High Street and Marlborough Road. The building still stands today, now a grocery shop, and has hardly changed.
Strood Steam Brewery High Street Strood
Employees of Biggs Brewery on the north side of Strood High Street on a lovely sunny day. Outside the building with beer barrels and horses and wagons waiting in line to be loaded/unloaded. The tower of St Nicholas Church is visible in the background.
Charles Dickens Swiss Chalet at Cobham Estate
Dickens did much of his writing in this Chalet which stood in the Wilderness opposite Gad's Hill House and later moved to Cobham Park. In 1961 it moved to Eastgate House Gardens, Rochester.
Aveling & Porter Factory Strood
One of the boiler shops in the engineering works of Aveling & Porter, manufacturers of steam engines and traction engines.
95 High Street Rochester
Once the residence of J.L. Edwards, Mayor of Rochester in 1873, prior to the Rochester, Chatham and Strood Gas Company taking over and it later became the Gas Board Showrooms. Now home to the Medway Visitor Information Centre.
Angel Inn High Street Strood
Looking a little like a scene from a Hollywood western, this view is of Strood Turnpike at the junction of North Street and Strood High Street and adjacent to the Angel Inn.
St Bartholomews Hospital
Known locally as St. Barts, the hospital was founded in 1078 for the care of the poor and lepers.
Until its closure in 2016, St. Barts is believed to be one of the oldest existing hospitals in England.