Thursday 28 January 2010

"The Rose" Public House, Rainham, Kent

I received this message today about the "The Rose" Public House, Rainham, Kent

I recognise the pub, but when I lived in Rainham as a boy (1930-38) it was a ‘farmer’s pub’ where all the local farm labourers drank – sawdust on the floor ! I was born in one of the last houses in Rainham on the way out to Sittingbourne – ‘Rosebank’, No. 7 Moor St., and was baptised in the chapel across the road next to the Rose – it’s offices now. The A2 then was the main road to the coast and we kids used to sit outside the house on summer evenings watching the charabancs and cars, red London buses, and the steam lorries from the brewery going past.
I went to the school by the railway – was it in Orchard St?- but didn’t realise until I was much older just how good a school it was under Mr. Pitcher, the headmaster. Well ahead of its time with radio, a lot of music, and games in the Rainham ‘rec.’ under the railway bridge. The place has changed a lot.
Regards – Arthur Johnson.

Thursday 7 January 2010

Rainham Snow

Although we have had snow this week in Rainham the quantity has been nothing like that seen in January 1987. Some parts of Kent this week had up to 20 cm (8 inches) yet in 1987 the recorded amount of snow locally was 22 inches (55 cm) of snow over 2 nights from 12 to 13 January.

Parts of the area were cut off and near Lenham a train was stuck in a snowdrift for over a week before being dug out. You can see more photos and information about this on the snow page of the website