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.