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Name: David Cross Email: d.cross595@btinternet.com
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Country:   Date: 6 Feb 2010 20:06:04 GMT

Comment: Identities.Swanscombe Ambulance No 18 Mrs G.Liddey Extreme Left back row with Glasses. Mrs Tickner standing 5th from left Front Row. No 16 ARP Wardens Back Row 5th from Left George Lee. 8th Gerry Hicks. 11th Jack Parker. Everards Wharf Greenhithe. Angularity being prepared for 1935 Spithead Review Unusually head down river. Hope this is of some use David cross. 

Thank's for the names David. There are a few names on the backs of the pictures but they're all over the place and some unreadable. I'll put some names on later and see if you can fit them to the faces.

Name: colin Email: colinmartinx@hotmail.com
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Country: UK  Date: 6 Feb 2010 20:19:31 GMT

Comment: I live at Horns Cross and have often wondered how the area must have looked before the car took over. Excellent site, thank you, 

Thank you for your comment Colin. I appreciate it. Horns Cross postcards are difficult to find. I've got a few of The Kent Works and some of the church to put on but little else at the moment.

Name: Alex T Vaughan Email: alextvaughan2308@hotmail.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 7 Feb 2010 18:40:09 GMT

Comment: I think this is the best website in the world, but I would say that wouldn't I Daddy? 

You always was a bit of a crawler!

Name: Samantha Eastwood Email: 
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 14 Feb 2010 20:08:44 GMT

Comment: I completely agree with what Alex said, its the best website in the world!x 

Thanks Spam. You was always a crawler too!

Name: Terri Powell Email: terripowell@gmail.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 22 Feb 2010 22:16:09 GMT

Comment: What a fabulous website - Tru suggested I look it up... i've lost hours just looking through the pics...learning about the view from my balcany!! Would love to find out more :-) 

Glad you like it Terri. If you look at the aerial view of the MNC you'll get a better idea of where your balcony would be. In a nutshell, your view would have been the Worcester and a constant stream of ships, barges, tugs and supply craft coming and going all day long. The river really was very busy.

Name: Henry Perry Email: henry.perry@ntlworld.com
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Country: UK  Date: 11 Mar 2010 11:11:53 GMT

Comment: Picture No1 Pier road the vessel in the background surrounded by tugs is almost certainly the Corinthic . Having been born in the High Street I enjoy the pics they certainly bring back memories. Remember your dad Tony when he worked for Testers I have some smallpictures of Corinthic which I will send to you on your web site Henry Perry. 

Thanks for the information and the pictures Henry. You note that the ship is surrounded by tugs and the pictures you e-mailed me show her aground off Stoneness. Do you think the tugs are pulling her off the rocks at high water? That would certainly be a good reason for the photographer to have taken the picture. I'll be processing and putting the pictures on soon.

Name: Henry Perry Email: henry.perry@ntlworld.com
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Country: UK  Date: 20 Mar 2010 20:43:10 GMT

Comment: The tugs around the Corinthic were waiting for the tide to pull her off. I took the pictures probably from the Joker or Jester. 

Thanks again Henry. All information is welcome.

Name: Colin Thurlow Email: coandlo@onetel.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 1 Jul 2010 08:27:24 GMT

Comment: I was on Worcester 1965-65. You have a great collection of postcards and well presented. If anyone is interested have a look at my Worcester/MN site. Thanks Colin 

Thanks for your comments Colin. Glad you enjoyed the site.

Name: Donna Barham Oliver Email: donna.barham2@btinternet.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 29 Aug 2010 19:36:02 GMT

Comment: As a former resident of Swanscombe (33 years), I really enjoyed looking at your pictures of Swanscombe and Galley Hill. I think one of the ARP men may be my Great-Grandad Archie Cherry, whose wife Eva was killed in the bombing of the The Sun pub in 1940

Glad you enjoyed the pictures Donna. I'll e-mail you a larger scan to see if you can get a better view of your Greatgrandad. His name isn't on the back of the picture but not all the people have been identified. Fingers crossed! 

Name: Elaina Email: elaina_tomalin@btinternet.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 2 Sep 2010 18:19:12 GMT

Comment: This is a fantastic website, you are the best! (better at making puddings though... sorry) xx 

Thanks Elaina. My next website will be www.garyvaughanpuddings.com!

Name: Adam Bennett Email: adam.p.bennett@gmail.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 28 Sep 2010 20:18:24 GMT

Comment: Hello Gary You have got a nice collection of postcards there, and a very clean working site. As you know I am in Swanley as well, and what surprised me the most was how little the high street has changed down the left hand side (the dairy, downwards). Also there are a couple of nice postcards of the war memorial, don't you think that was a much nicer place than it is now. It is by a sculptor called Louis Frederick Roslyn, who's surname changed from Roselieb. His father came over to live in England, from Hanover in Germany. The memorial contains the name, Joseph T Gedge, a Swanley man who was the first officer killed in World war 1.

Thanks for your comment Adam. I'm glad you like the pictures. I've only really known Swanley for a few years but it did looks nicer a century ago. I didn't know about Joseph T Gedge on the War Memorial. It's handy to get a bit of extra info to the pictures. Thank you.

Name: Andy Barnes Email: photostyles@aol.com
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Country: UK  Date: 18 Feb 2011 18:18:11 GMT

Comment: Hi Gary , Remember me I was the photographer who came and take your pictures next to the river.Excellent site and vey interesting . I am still trying to tack down any pictures of Charles street and surrounding area . Do you know any one that may have some?

Hello Andy. Yes I remember you. We had a good chat. Unfortunately I don't have or know anyone who has old photos of Charles Street. I'd murder for a good one myself! I'd certainly pay very good money for it. The closest I've got is the Ifield Terrace card. There must have been a photographer that took pictures of the area and hopefully someday I'll get one maybe. I don't even think that Dartford Library have got any either.

Name: victor waghorn Email: victor@victorwaghorn.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 5 Mar 2011 12:44:20 GMT

Comment: hello gary just found your site. extremley interesting brings back the days when we used to play around that area.

Name: Vic Waghorn Email: victor@victorwaghorn.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 7 Mar 2011 14:25:37 GMT

Comment: Hello Gary It's Vic Was looking for details about HMS Worcester and found your site. Nice pictures and info reminds me of old days when we played all over that area. Hope you well. contact me through e mail address or through my website www.victorwaghorn.co.uk

Hello Victor. Great to hear from you. Yes the pictures remind me a lot of when I was a kid as well. Greenhithe was a great playground. I took two of my grandaughters to what is left of Everards Woods the other week. They had a great time. So did I but my knees didn't!

Name: Donna Oliver Email: donna.barham2@btinternet.com
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Country: UK  Date: 16 Sep 2011 18:14:57 GMT

Comment: Hi, It is nice to see you have some new pictures of Swanscombe. Regards Donna 

Sorry for late reply Donna. Swanscombe pictures are very difficult to find. Trust me, I do try! I'm still on the lookout for more. Just recently missed a lovely one of Manor Road by less than 5mins. I Could have kicked myself!

Name: Andrew Henderson Email: grimsby_fan@hotmail.com
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Country: UK  Date: 23 Jan 2012 18:00:34 GMT

Comment: What a fascinating website! I've recently moved to Greenhithe (live on Charles Street) and have been trying to find out some of the history of my road and the local area so I was delighted to find this site. It's hard to imagine what the area around Charles Street must have looked like even as recently as 20 years ago. Explains why the house numbers are all over the place! Thanks for putting this site together. I'll be back to check for new photos! 

Glad you like the site Andrew. I'll e-mail you.

Name: Neil Pittock Email: neil.pittock@nats.co.uk
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Country: U.K  Date: 4 Feb 2012 08:12:35 GMT

Comment: Very interesting site.I served aboard the last T.S Arethusa in 1962-64.(Moored at Upnor).I was born in Gillingham Kent.

Thanks for your comment Neil. I've got a picture of your ship on Ebay at the moment.

Name: Brendan Melvin Email: brendan.melvin@sabp.nhs.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 16 Feb 2012 22:22:44 GMT

Comment: I remember going to Greenhithe Station on a Sunday morning after Mass, (at the Church in the village), where my dad worked. Loads of old railway stuff there; some sort of a ticket stamp, the only one I've seen since was on the North York Moors Railway and a wall-mounted phone with seperate ear and mouth pieces. Also in the the Swanscombe pics; No. 57 (ARP) my grandad (Stephen Hortis) is 6th from left and my nan, (Elsie) is in front of him. Nan is also in pic's 58 & 59, (on left). 

I can remember your dad working there too Brendan. Can't remember the machine or phone but can still 'see' the inside of the old ticket office at the top of the steps. I can also remember the fire alight in the winter. When my mum used to take us to Faversham, your dad would take my sister's pram off my mum and walk us across the tracks rather than lug it up and down under the track. I thought it was great.

Name: Brendan Melvin Email: brendan.melvin@sabp.nhs.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 16 Feb 2012 22:26:36 GMT

Comment: Great site, great collection , really enjoyed going throught the pictures.

Thanks for your comments Brendan

Name: Martin Thomson Email: economus@o2.co.uk
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Country:   Date: 11 Apr 2012 10:01:18 GMT

Comment: Hello Gary, I have just come across your site while trying to find a picture of T S Warspite, I have a picture that my great grandfather painted of it. It would seem that he must have done his painting from a copy of the same postcard as you have on your site as it is almost identical. Thank you for a great website I will take time to explore it some more as I am doing research into my Grandmother's collection of postcards. Regards Martin 

Thanks for your comment Martin. I'm glad you liked my site. Were your grandparents local to Greenhithe? What sort of postcard collection is your grandmothers? I may be able to help you.

Name: Dee Richards Email: dee20@talk21.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 2 May 2012 14:47:23 GMT

Comment: Hi Gary, Looking through the Swanscombe pictures, have lived all my life, No 5 you stated that although the card says Milton Street it is Milton Road. You are both right, the picture is taken from Milton Road looking across the cossroads with Ames and Craylands,the bus is in Milton Street. 

Thanks for the info Dee. Of course, that may be the whole purpose of the picture. Perhaps it was Milton Street he was taking the photo of! I'll annotate it to explain.

Name: Deb Chater Email: debandmole@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 4 May 2012 12:56:14 GMT

Comment: Very very interesting loved looking at these old pictures brings back many happy memories 

Thanks Deb. I've been collecting these pictures for 30yrs now so know them off by heart but still get nostalgic when I'm looking at them.

Name: Mole Chater Email: Debandmole@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: GREENHITHE  Date: 4 May 2012 15:41:38 GMT

Comment: Avenue 21 the cave had hinges and inside hooks nailed into the chalk at the end was a dome that they had ice between layers of straw it was a refrigerator the kitchen leading to the cave was very large and was used to prepare the meat for ingress abbey also the horses were shooed in this area away from the the big house the bedrooms were big for staff to live in but the kitchen was far from the normal 

Thanks Mole. I'll email you regarding this info. Your memory is obviously better than mine regarding the cave. To be honest I was too scared to venture more than a few feet into it! But then I was only about 8 or 9 when it was bulldozed.

Name: Mole Chater Email: Debandmole@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 13 May 2012 16:57:18 GMT

Comment: Photo 7 of 96 broad road not shure if it is broad road? If it is it was 1944 and a v1 flying bomb came down the street wing clipped a house and made a mess some houses had removed Anderson shelters to make sheds And a old lady who is no longer with us said she threw herself down a ditch In the back garden and her grandad refused to come out of the loo he was ok but the Loo no longer had walls she told it never came straight down but they see coming as if it was going to land 

I bought those photo's off the daughter of Toddy. I think that he may have been a bit confused because he annotated most of his pictures but the dates were obviously wrong or had been changed. I don't know the actual street but Len says it was Broad Road. He may have forgotten by the time he wrote it.

Name: Mole Chater Email: Debandmole@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 13 May 2012 17:35:57 GMT

Comment: Magdeburg wreck 1964 it was said that it was due to a CIA plot after the Cuba crisis to stop any trade with the country ie the busses also you may remember it also carried thousands of plastic balls that filled every home they were football size to half size and they were everywhere if you opened a cupboard all these balls came out if you burst one you went in and came out with another one always with the distinctive oil stain so they never had busses in Cuba and a lot of kids had no balls

My understanding was that the balls were put in by the salvage company to keep her afloat because they didn't want her to turn over and damage the busses that were salvagable. I certainly remember having dozens of balls of all sizes. They were everywhere at high tide! I have heard of the CIA conspiracy theory but not sure if I believe it. It was foggy and she was hit by a Japanese ship in midstream. That would have taken some arranging!

Name: Mole Chater Email: Debandmole@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: SWANSCOMBE  Date: 20 May 2012 06:22:50 GMT

Comment: Magdeburg was a urban myth about CIA Many people believed it I am happy the balls were put in and the kids of swans and greens Never had to worry about bursting a ball because somebody would say i will go get another burst balls were all over Knockhall . as for Brendan and the station his father was there and was the best councillor for the greenhithe area and I still remember his ford prefect . As for the cave the kitchen was far too big for the house if I had a thousand words it will be good 

If you try this link Mole, there are some good pictures of the Magdeburg wreck on it http://www.hands-on-illustrations.co.uk/mn

Name: Paul Pritchard Email: gottagetupearly@hotmail.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 31 May 2012 19:01:44 GMT

Comment: just nearly fell of my chair Picture 12 Greenhithe High Street 'The Crazy Gang' Tom and Eric Pritchard are my uncles now deceased though, my dad Roy was in the crazy gang looks like him on the far right on back row, he also used to dress as Neptune for 'The Crossing of the Line Ceremony' my dad used to tell me about the great times they had in The Pier, i'm sure my mum has a copy of this picture !!! 

Glad you had that feeling Paul. That is one of the reasons I put this site together. I had a similar feeling the first time I saw a proper collection of Greenhithe pictures. I'm sure it was your Uncle Tom that lived near me in Knockhall Chase. If it was, then I went to school with you cousin June, and used to travel to London with her elder sister whose name I've forgotten. The names are on the back of the photo, written by my dad Tony, who was apparently also a member of the 'Crazy Gang'.

Name: geoff horsley Email: postiehorse@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND   Date: 29 Jun 2012 06:19:44 GMT

Comment: high gary just got myself a computer so thought id get in touch as i said when i met you last year in swanscombe you are doing a great job in your dads footsteps old mates comments brought back a few more memories 2nd greenhithe seascouts with tony taking us rowing in the gig anyone else remember bloody sun tugs and flatirons trying to swamp us liked the pics of bean saw our old house and my first school still remember my 1st day cried allday til i went home what a woose never mind be in touch again soon cheers mate 

Hello Geoff. Thanks for the comments mate. Who could ever forget Sun Tugs and flatirons? I'm sure they did do it deliberately. Bowkers & King weren't much better! Good days though.

Name: geoff horsley Email: postiehorse@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 30 Jun 2012 09:48:27 GMT

Comment: been browsing again the garage in london rd was latterly owned by the late mick west fixing motorcycles one of the old tin huts behind the con club in the high st 2nd greenhithe seascouts used your dad being one of our skips as you know do you remember bill (wilhelm) barren ? also another of the tin huts the one near the rbl club was used as the doctors surgery until the now demolished new one was built enough for now more to follow cheers mate 

Thanks for the info about Mick West. I'll add it to the description page. Always like to add names if they're known. We had a 2nd Greenhithe reunion a couple of years ago. It was for the 50th anniversary of the founding. It was held in Greenhithe Church Hall. A great day to meet old mates. People came from all over the country! Bill was there, so was Skipper Kingsland. It was arranged and organised by Barry Hassel. I'll try and find the group photo and mail it to you.

Name: jennifer lambert Email: swyn@lambert1962.fsnet.co.uk
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Country: KENT  Date: 30 Jun 2012 17:41:20 GMT

Comment: it was lovely looking through the old pics of greenhithe and seeing old ' knockhall ' just as it was in the old days - i was born at 68 knockhall road and had some happy times there with diane and davis walton from the ' lodge at the top of the avenue ' also spent some time with lynsey ' from knockhall house ' thanks gary xx 

Glad you like the site Jenny. Greenhithe has certainly changed since we were kids!

Name: Kerry Ryles (Soder) Email: kerryryles@hotmail.com
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Country: UK  Date: 9 Jul 2012 23:54:43 GMT

Comment: Loved looking through all the pictures and postcards. Brings back many memories and now I will have to go through old family pics that I have in my attic. Have lots of the old Greenhithe and Everards. My family lived in The Eagles before moving to Everards Estate..Great pics Gary. Thankyou 

Thanks for your comments Kerry. Glad you like the site.

Name: Caroline Gatrell Email: caroline@stoneyford22.plus.com
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Country:   Date: 10 Jul 2012 07:14:28 GMT

Comment: I am researching my family history and was excited to find that you have a picture of HMS Arethusa in 1869. My 3rd great grand uncle John Friend Ogbourn served on this ship 1865-66!

Name: Caroline Gatrell Email: caroline@stoneyford22.plus.com
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Country:   Date: 10 Jul 2012 07:20:28 GMT

Comment: Do you have any picture which show 65 Preston Street, Faversham? This is where the Walker branch of my family used to live. 

Thanks for your comments Caroline. Glad the site was helpful. If you need any more info I may be able to help.

Name: Paul Aldous Email: paul@create-graphics.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 19 Jul 2012 09:28:56 GMT

Comment: Very nice work Gary. love the shots of the steam trains! well done mate. 

Thanks Paul. Glad you enjoyed them.

Name: Andy Email: trainingships@yahoo.com
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Country: UK  Date: 2 Aug 2012 09:56:56 GMT

Comment: Very interesting photos of life on board the training ships Arethusa and Warspite. 

Thanks for your comment Andy. I think by the look of your email address you may be involved in a website. If I can be of any help let me know.

Name: Ray Jenns Email: rayjenns@yahoo.com
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Country: USA - FLORIDA  Date: 2 Sep 2012 12:34:55 GMT

Comment: Excellent sight. Thanks for taking the trouble to do it. I was born at 71 The Chase in 1943 and lived there for 10 years. We then moved across and up The Chase to number 36. I lived there until 1965. Thanks again for a great sight. 

Glad you like it Ray. Are you the Ray Jenns in the photo on stage in The Village Hall? I lived in Knockhall Chase as well. You'd probably remember the previous residents. I lived in 57 after Mr Chessmer, and then at 50 after Jock Arthur. If you'd like any copies for your records, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Name: Jan Mitchener Email: jan.mitchener@gmail.com
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Country: UK  Date: 18 Sep 2012 07:44:17 GMT

Comment: I just want to thank Gary for the wonderful talk he gave at Swanley Library last night. The postcards of Swanley are fascinating. I've lived in Swanley all my life (65 years) and I remember many of the original buildings. The messages on the postcards give a wonderful insight into communication before telephones came into common usage. 

Thanks for your comment Jan. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I used to specifically collect the picture but now even if I've got it, I'll buy it if there's a more interesting message on the back.

Name: Joan Springer Email: joan.springer@btinternet.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 28 Oct 2012 20:32:18 GMT

Comment: Wonderful photos,My father and family lived in Ospringe and my brother was born there,he still speaks of Water Lane and how as a child he would be chastised for playing in the water and getting soaking wet.My mother and family were born in Swanscombe and my grandfather is on the SwanscombeF/C photo, he is standing far right wearing his trade mark watch and chain.His name is Thomas John Barden. 

Thanks for your comments Joan. I'll amend the description on the picture and name your grandfather.

Name: Mary Email: maryattheridge@hotmail.co.uk
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Country: UK  Date: 3 Nov 2012 15:00:59 GMT

Comment: I lived in Cobham Terrace 1955 to 1972.my maiden name was Ludlow.My grandad Robert Beeton lived in Station Road in the house where Ted Hills had the front as a cobblers.Tissy the barber used to cut my hair and my ear lobe ocassionally !My grandad had also lived in Jackson Square and gran in Tapestry house. 

Thanks for the comments Mary.

Name: Alan Drew Email: alan.drew@rocketmail.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 31 Jan 2013 15:30:27 GMT

Comment: Hi Gary. Found your site quite by chance today - haven't seen you or spoken to you for quite a while now, so I hope all is well with you. I will be browsing your site here in greater detail tonight - it all looks very impressive, and makes me think that I should be doing more with my collections! All the best....

Thanks for the comments Alan. Glad you like the site.

Name: Dave Stoneham Email: sunsetdepot@gmail.com
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Country: CANADA  Date: 4 Mar 2013 00:13:51 GMT


Glad you like the site Dave and thanks for your comment. I've gone international now by the looks of it!

Name: Paul Pritchard Email: gottagetupearly@hotmail.co.uk
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Country: UK  Date: 6 Mar 2013 20:39:09 GMT

Comment: Hi that was my uncle Tom that lived in the chase, i've not seen my cousin June in prob 30yrs Sylvia may have been my other cousin you travelled on the train to London with there was also a son called Bobby.        

I remember them all Paul.

Name: Michael Cheesmer Email: cheesmers@hotmail.com
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Country:   Date: 11 Mar 2013 11:07:07 GMT

Comment: Interested to see postcard of 57 Knockhall Chase. My mum and dad moved there in circa 1933/34 when my eldest brother John was about 4/5. My dad died in 1983 so the Cheesmers (3 boys) were all raised there. Please contact me via email

I'll email you Michael.

Name: Liam Kelly Email: kelly.l2@sky.com
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Country: NORTHERN IRELAND  Date: 12 Apr 2013 22:33:01 GMT

Comment: My Grandad was Gerry Cahalane who was a Chief Petty Officer on the Worcester until he died aged 64. He lived at 40 Knockhall Chase with his wife Dora. I have many happy memories of being on board the Worcester as a child and also visiting the swimming pool with my Grandad who was a Physical Training Instructor. My Mum,sister and 2 brothers met up with your Mum and Dad during a visit to Greenhithe about 12 years ago. Finally my Grandad is buried in Swanscombe Graveyard. 
Thanks Liam glad my site evoked nice memories.

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Country:   Date: 19 Apr 2013 15:36:37 GMT

Comment: Hi Gary my dads family lived in the high street Greenhithe just wondered if you know of anywhere i can get a picture of The Eagles that was in the high street it used to be an old doctors surgery before they lived in it. Thanks :) 
Hello Melanie. I think you'd be very lucky to get a decent picture of The Eagles. As you probably saw, I have a few pictures with parts of the building in it but that's about as good as it gets I'm afraid. The problem is the high walls and trees around the building.

Name: Anthony Carman Email: barbandtony74@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: HORNS CROSS  Date: 2 May 2013 20:13:09 GMT

Comment: My wife went to St.Mary's CofE school and wondered if you knew where we could obtain photos of the old school.

Name: Charles Bryant Email: ChasAtPark@aol.com
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Country: UK  Date: 3 May 2013 07:42:01 GMT

Comment: My Mother was born in Faversham in 1925. Going through some old postcard photos she had I found one of a wedding by T U Barber & Sons 85 Preston Street, and it says from Mr & Mrs Weeks (Bill & Ann) is it something you would like        

Thanks for contacting me Charles. I'll email you.

Name: Mole Chater Email: Debandmole@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 29 Jun 2013 10:32:31 GMT

Comment: 6of7 not a clue poss whiting works background small chimney smithy using charcoal poss barrels man with stick to turn barrels when loading on waggon the knee straps and waste straps to stop the whiting going into the areas where sweat will make acid .
It is a bit of a mystery Mole. I can't be 100% certain it's even Greenhithe or Swanscombe. Not sure you're right about the whiting works though. It's not a good picture on the site so I'll mail you a better copy to look at. It seems to me that the men may be loading or unloading a barge. If it is local, that would put it on Stone Marshes or Swanscombe.

Name: alan burnham Email: alan177@live.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 2 Aug 2013 19:57:15 GMT

Comment: hi gary,very interesting site just like to say I was one of the steam loco drivers from 1966 till they turnd to diesel trains,then I was put on the cmc lorries in the factory my father was bob burnham he drove the chalk navies and loaded the wagons with chalk,at one time my brothers all work there at the same time,o happy days.
Thanks for your comments Alan. Glad you like the pictures. When I was a boy, I lived in Ingress Gardens and we'd often play along the railway. We'd wait in the bushes when the trains filled up with water. I knew one of the drivers; I think his name was John Dixon. If he was driving he'd give us a ride into the pit. They were happy days.

Name: Christoph Bull Email: christoph.bull@talktalk.net
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Country: KENT  Date: 3 Sep 2013 10:09:19 GMT

Comment: Dear Gary - I am doing a guided tour of Greenhithe on Sunday 8th September 2013 starting at 2.30pm and meeting at junction of Station Road and High Street - I will be charging £3 - this is a Gravesend Historical Society event. I raeely like this site - excellent and very well done. I have one question - do you have any information about the flint house in Knockhall Chase - as people are bound to ask? - thanks - Christoph Bull.        

Thank for your comments Christoph. I'll email you.

Name: Chris Email: info@swanscombememorial.co.uk
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Country: UK  Date: 9 Sep 2013 17:33:38 GMT

Comment: Gary, many thanks for your assistance with old time Swanscombe photos. This really is a fantastic resource, keep up the good work & keep collecting!

Thanks for your comments Chris. Glad. You like my site. I'll put a link on for your site.

Name: Carole Picton Email: picton771@btinternet.com
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Country: KENT, ENGLAND  Date: 14 Sep 2013 22:01:15 GMT

Comment: Hi Gary. What a great site. My paternal family came to Stone in the 1860s and we have been in the Dartford area ever since. As a genealogist it is lovely to see the pictures of the way things were when the ancestors could have been out and about in the places where the photos were taken. I live in Southfleet now and canít wait for you start a section on us!! 

Thanks for your comments Carole. I think my wife would divorce me if I started another collection!! Fortunately I only collect regarding to where I've lived. You don't actually see too many of Southfleet.

Name: J. Douglas Bush Email: dbush@sympatico.ca
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Country: ONTARIO, CANADA  Date: 23 Oct 2013 18:17:05 GMT

Comment: 18 High Street, Greenhithe (aka Oak House) belonged to my great grandfather...When in England next, I will stop by and have a look. Thank you.

Thank you for your comment. The house is still there but the Village is almost unrecognisable from the old postcards.

Name: tasha german Email: destinypdesire@aol.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 2 Dec 2013 15:21:51 GMT

Comment: thank you for making this website i can now see all the things my nan and grandad used to talk about as my grandad was care taker of merchant navy college and my nan was the cook on the worcester 
Thanks for your comments Tasha, glad you like the site.

Name: Sara Shelley Email: saramshelley@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 18 Mar 2014 20:43:30 GMT

Comment: What sort of sister am I,leaving it this long before looking at your website!! I have given loads of people the details, though! Highly impressed, Gary - Dad would have been so proud xxxxxx

Thanks Sara. Glad you like it. I'm only doing what dad didn't have the opportunity to do.

Name: Stella Email: interstellae@hotmail.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 15 Jun 2014 20:39:32 GMT

Comment: Hi Gary I've just spent a couple of hours looking at your photos of Greenhithe and reading people's comments. The collection is amazing. My interest is the Stoneham family. A booklet 'St Mary's Greenhithe 1856-2006' has the same photo as yours (54 of 65) - members of the Stoneham family outside the Brown Bear. I wondered if one of them worked there and your photo is annotated that 'Stoneham' was the landlord. Do you (or anyone else reading this)know his Christian name or any other info?

Name: Trev Warne Email: margtrev@hotmail.co.uk
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 29 Oct 2014 20:09:09 GMT

Comment: We lived in Hale Cottages off of Knockhall Rd and my brother Rog Gregory is the drummer in the photo of Eddy Wayne and the Batmen. The village was my old stamping ground along with my school mates,one of whom was Campbell Collins who had relatives that lived in Eagles.I served my apprenticeship at Empire Paper Mill and used to walk along the foreshore for a pint in the Pier in our lunch break circa 1967.I also recall the Worcester tea rooms and my first job was at Lingham and Stark .More later

Name: David Andrews Email: dandrews1622@ol.com
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Country:   Date: 11 Feb 2015 18:41:09 GMT

Comment: Many thanks for letting us all see your collection of postcards. My family has lived in Greenhithe and Swanscombe for several generations and you have photos of their former home in Knockhall Cottages, no longer there, and of the shop in the High Street where my parents lodged with the Arthurs after the war, my father having worked for Mr Rawlings before joining up. My one regret is that there isn't a better view of Jackson Square, where my grandfather, Alfred Andrews lodged when arriving from Essex, meeting Muriel Manning, later his wife, whose family also lived there. My mother's family moved from Bean to Rosebank in Station Road shortly after my parents married at the end of the War.

Name: lucy wright Email: xmisswrightx@hotmail.com
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Country: KENT  Date: 12 Feb 2015 11:37:53 GMT

Comment: Is there any more information on the chantry in greenhithe, photos or any historical information thank you

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Country:   Date: 1 May 2015 15:26:58 GMT

Comment: If someone hasn't said already, the mysterious bus in the Swanley garage is a 1953 GS34 Guy Special. I believe with a crash gearbox.

Name: kevin gray Email: bryngray@aol.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 8 Nov 2015 11:47:40 GMT

Comment: hi gary how nice to bump into you in the white hart now the Falstaff of course boy how this area has changed from our childhood days when I meet anyone from my youth its a major event as they are thin on the ground great job with the pics just had my dad up who will be 90 in December he loved the m best regards kev gray

Name: kevin gray Email: bryngray@aol.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 8 Nov 2015 11:54:52 GMT

Comment: hi gary of course I meant john franklin acting like 90 yr old myself kev

Name: John Dann Email: johndann@ntlworld.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 2 Feb 2016 15:55:30 GMT

Comment: Very interesting collection of images with notes. Very helpful to the researcher.Particular interest in TS Warspite, am seeking permission to feature in book -see email. Kind regards John Dann

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Comment: Thanks for the wonderfull photos you take.

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Country:   Date: 7 Dec 2016 17:02:59 GMT

Comment: Thanks for the wonderfull photos you take.

Name: Audrey Rainer Email: Audrey.rainer@btinternet.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 22 Mar 2017 12:50:39 GMT

Comment: Have just found your site through a mention on the Hextable Village site. I am President of the Hextable Heritage Society and we have many of the same photographs, but there are others we would love to have, especially of the V2 damage. At the present time we are trying to get a plaque put up to commemorate this.

Name: Tony Morrison Email: tmorri9898@gmail.com
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Country: USA  Date: 31 Mar 2017 13:54:47 GMT

Comment: I grew up in Hextable so very much appreciative of this site. In answer to a question of yours, the third postcard in Hextable section (View of Hextable) was taken from fields overlooking Hextable - on the left as you go along Main Road towards Swanley. It is now a recreation facility.

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Country: UK  Date: 26 Apr 2017 13:27:12 GMT

Comment: im from stone st

Name: Ann Jaacks Email: jacksann@bigpond.com.au
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Country: AUSTRALIA  Date: 2 Sep 2017 16:22:05 GMT

Comment: Was trying to find info about Mount Nod House and Knockhall House and came across your interesting site. I lived at both houses 1956/62 as my dad worked at Empire Mill who owned them. I went to Knockhall primary and remember the swimming pool well. The photos brought back many happy memories. If you know of any sites that may have info on the 2 houses I would be interested to know.



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