Thursday, 28 June 2012

1950s Outing Photos Rainham Kent


Photos of South Eastern Gas Board outing from Rainham Kent, approx 1950. Can anyone recognise any of the people?

Photos of South Eastern Gas Board outing from Rainham Kent, approx 1950
Photos of South Eastern Gas Board outing from Rainham Kent, approx 1950






Photos of coach outing from Rainham Kent,TOCH?, approx 1950s
Photos of coach outing from Rainham Kent,TOCH?, approx 1950s

Saturday, 23 June 2012

View from Rainham Church Tower - St Margarets Tower Photos

The church tower at St Margarets Rainham was open today to allow members of the public to go up and view the local area from the high vantage point. It was interesting to be able to go up and compare the view of Rainham to the last time I went up in 2002. The other difference was that this time I had a 21Mp digital camera to photograph the scene and decided to take some panoramic shots of the views - these shots are 12000 pixels wide - thats the equivalent of a 50 megapixel camera image!


View of Rainham Kent from Church tower - looking towards Grain
View of Rainham Kent from Church tower - looking towards Grain
View of Rainham Kent from Church tower - looking towards Sittingbourne
View of Rainham Kent from Church tower - looking towards Sittingbourne


View of Rainham Kent from Church tower - looking towards churchyard
View of Rainham Kent from Church tower - looking towards churchyard
View of Rainham Kent from Church tower - looking towards Gillingham
View of Rainham Kent from Church tower - looking towards Gillingham

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Falklands War Thatcher Triumphs: The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 16 June 1982

The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 16 June 1982-Thatcher Triumphs as War Doubts Linger
The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 16 June 1982-Thatcher Triumphs as War Doubts Linger
The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 16 June 1982-Thatcher Triumphs as War Doubts Linger

The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 16 June 1982-Thatcher Triumphs as War Doubts Linger
The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 16 June 1982-Thatcher Triumphs as War Doubts Linger

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 15 June 1982- Ceasefire in Falklands as Stanley Surrended

The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 15 June 1982- Ceasefire in Falklands as Stanley Surrended
The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 15 June 1982- Ceasefire in Falklands as Stanley Surrended
The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 15 June 1982- Ceasefire in Falklands as Stanley Surrended

The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 15 June 1982- Ceasefire in Falklands as Stanley Surrended
The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 15 June 1982- Ceasefire in Falklands as Stanley Surrended

Falklands War News: 14 June 1982- The Final Push to Liberate Port Stanley

The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 14 June 1982- The Final Push to Liberate Port Stanley

The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 14 June 1982- The Final Push to Liberate Port Stanley
Other news - Israel attacks Lebanon, King Fahd succeeds to Saudi throne
The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 14 June 1982- The Final Push to Liberate Port Stanley
The Guardian Newspaper headlines from the Falklands War: 14 June 1982- The Final Push to Liberate Port Stanley

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Rainham's Coronation Clock - When Was the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II?

With the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the UK this weekend Ithought it would be appropriate to post some information about the clock erected in Rainham to celebrate the Coronation.

Coronation Clock and wall plaque on Barclays Bank Rainham
The clock on Barclays Bank in Rainham Kent was erected to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953. You can see the Coronation clock on the wall of Barclays Bank in the photo below:

Coronation clock Rainham Kent
There is also a plaque on the wall of Barclays to commemorate the Coronation. Until I read the inscription for writing this article I'd assumed that the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in 1952 as we are celebrating the Jubilee in 2012. However on closer inspection the date is actually 2 June 1953 which led me to check if the clock was installed the year after instead.

Plaque to celebrate Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Having checked the date online it appears that although Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952 the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II actually took place the following year so in 2012  we are celebrating the accession to the throne sixty years ago rather than 60 years since the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Rainham History in Kent Family History Society Journal

Kent Family History Society have kindly printed an article written by Alan Makey about the History of Rainham with some information about the Rainham History website.

You can read the article in Vol 13 No 7 of the Kent Family History Society Journal.

Old Rainham - The Cricketers pub in 1950s

Rainham Jubilee Parade

This is a video of the Rainham Jubilee parade in 2002 showing iconic vehicles from the previous 50 years. Unfortunately the video isn't fantastic quality - and certainly isn't HD!

Rainham Jubilee Parade June 2002