Hoo Hundred in old picture postcards

Hoo Hundred in old picture postcards

:   D.S. Worsdale
:   Kent
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-4858-0
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49. The brothers Edward and Francis Pocock were among the 356 people in the H.M. Stanleyexpedition of 1870. Their parents Henry and Anne Pocock lived in a cottage at Upnor and brought up their four sons to work on and beside the river. Edward is described as short and lithe with curly hair, a sailor/handyman. He could play the concertina and with his brother Francis would sing and entertain their fellow adventurers with mucic hall songs. Edward died of typhus on 17th February 1875 aged 22 at Chiwyu among a hostile crowd of natives. Francis died whilst trying to shoot the rapids on the Congo on 3rd June 1877 aged 27. In the Church of St. Philip and St. James at Upnor there is a plaque commemorating both brothers.

50. This picture of the Hoo Salvation Army Band was probably taken before the beginning of the century. Where the scene is set is not established but at least two of its members were also members of the Hoo Silver Band. It appears that the 'bushy' moustache was in fashion at this time. Standing, left to right: Billy Poynter, ?, Bill Cruttenden, Mr. Fiske, J. Bramble and ? Seated: Mr. Simmons, ?, two lady officers, Robert Miskin and ? Robert Miskin also appears in the group of railway workers at Upnor. During this work at the age of 60 he was struck blind when returning home and he never recovered.

51. In 1872 the Royal Engineers built a 'Standard' Gauge railway from Lower Upnor to Chattenden. The R.E's railway construction group moved away in the 1880's and for some years the line was unused. In 1898 it was decided to use the old route for the construction of a 2 feet 6 inch munitions track in preparation for the Admiralty's use who took over in 1906. The railway 'gang', pictured here, were grouped against the depot wall at the bottom of the slope, now steps, on the footpath leading to Upper Upnor. Part of the way up the slope can be seen a portion of the railway which remains to-day. The rest of it has been removed. Third from the right, kneeling, is Robert Miskin. Fourth from left, top row, is O. WeHs.

52. Included in this shooting party at Northward Hill, High Halstow, before 1900 are three of the most important farmers in the Hundred at this time. They are, left to right: Henry Pye, farmer; Walter St. Jv'Brice, farmer; Mr. Pine, corn merchant; Mr. Miskin, farmer; and someone unknown. Henry Pye lived at St. Mary's Hall and was known as 'the king of the Hundred' partly because he made farming profitable by the use of his method of draining and 'chalking', He also began to apply machinery devised by Thomas A veling to the business of ploughing and tilling the soil. Thomas Aveling also lived in the Hundred. Henry Pye was also Chairman of the Hundred of Hoo Railway Company.

53. In 1914 this Royal Engineer Cricket Team was known to include local men one of whom was, standing, third from left, Corpora! Baker whose son now farms at Clinch Streel. The others are, standing: 1. Sjt. Baker; 2. Sjt, Moss; 4. Sjt. Wi!kins; 5. unknown; 6. CpI. Bradfie!d; and sitting, on the extreme right, Sapper Artis. The venue is unknown.

54. This is a picture of the Kingsnorth Ladies' Tug of War Team. During the First World War, Kingsnorth was an Air Station and munitions factory. In the picture can be seen one side of an airship hangar, an impressive background for a cup winning team. A ladies tug of war team was something unusual but the evidence is there to see. As to whom they played is not known but by the aggressive appearance of those on the back row, at least, they were surely champions. The lady on the left of the back row is Florrie Miskin. The others, unfortunately, are not known.

55. These three good people were standing in the garden of one of the Elswiek Cottages. Mrs. Cadweil, Lewis and Lily Wood. This must be a moment of relaxation as you will notice that Lily has a rose in her hand and it is believed that Lewis has his arm over the shoulder of his wife, and, perhaps his mother-in-law. Elswiek Cottages were a row of six standing at right angles to Main Road roughly where the Co-operative Society's Store now stands. There was one pump for water to meet the needs of the six cottages. The lavatories were at the end of the gardens - a wooden seat with three holesinit!

56. Hoo Silver Band in 1927 with the Albany Cup. Personalities who have been identified are Les Jordan, with the spectacles in the back row (he gave the picture). H. Milner is standing to the extreme left with the drum sticks. Jack Wright, the secretary, is not in uniform and stands in the back row. He was also a member of the Gardeners Association and a skilful track cyclist. He probably trained, as a youngster, on the cycle track which used to be on the ground behind what is now Armytage Terrace, Main Road.

57. This is the Hoo Football Club and League winning team in 1932. Back row: ?; A. Reynolds; J. Fuller; MI. Broad; G. Gahon and H. Cox. Second row: MI. Simpson; Mr. Broad; R.A. Knight (the schoolmaster); R. Cross; MI. Morement (Clerk to the Parish Council); T. Simmons; ?; MI. Wybrew; ?; ?; Third row: MI. Scotchmer; MI. Wybrew; ?; MI. W.St.J. Brice (president); Arthur Stopps (butcher); B. Cruttenden; ? Front row: B. Lee; MI. Franks; Mr. Wright; MI. Aitkin; Les Poynter andMr. Wilson.

58. In 1925, or thereabouts, this was the needlework class at Stoke Road School. In the middle of the back row is the teacher (name unknown) but at the right hand of the back row is someone whose name was Smith. In the middle row from the left number two is Molly Wood and number five on the same row is Mary Robson. Mary became a head teacher and her mother , best known as 'Floss' Robson, became well-known as a local District and Parish Councillor and School Governor. In the middle of the front row is Kath Miles.

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