Hoo Hundred in old picture postcards

Hoo Hundred in old picture postcards

:   D.S. Worsdale
:   Kent
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-4858-0
:   80
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59. This group of Salvation Army Juniors was taken in 1930/31 on a piece of spare ground near the hut used for meetings situated on a short lane just off Stoke Road and close to Jordan's Forge. Back row:

Mrs. Kate Cruttenden; Betty Gordan; Beryl Barnes; Joyce Blondrage; ?; Beeching and Captain Stoner. Middle row: Margaret Fisher; Joyce Fry; Margaret Barnes; Dorothy Holroyd; ?; ?;? and Margaret Ross. Front row: Joan Huxted; Pat Shepherd; Ann Brown; ? Beeching; Evelyn Fisher; ? It is thought that Captain Stoner went to Africa as a Missionary.

60. The Salvation Army had a very strong contingent in Hoo during the 1920's. They met in their own Hall just off Stoke Road and opposite one of the Jordan's Forges. This picture shows a group of girls who took part in a performance called 'The Floral Pageant'. The girls carry the letters which make up the title on rods. Holding the word THE is H. Cruttenden. Back row: Capt. Garner; V. Ellen; M. Wood; D. Wells; A. Ellen; C. Pett; and Junior Sjt. Major K. Cruttenden. Front row: Joyce Moody; VeraHarris; IvyHarris; MayBames; H. Sales;J. BamesandS. Lee.

61. This was the class of 1929 at High Halstow School. The headmaster, in the picture, was Mr. William Bastin. Left to right, back row: John Osenton; Edward Chapman; ?; Phyllis Papworth; Tom Ingleton; ?; George Gransden. Second row: ?; (standing) Albert Hillier; ?; Les Bell; ?; ?; Alfred Knight;? Third row: ?; Thelma Taylor; Amy Corbett; ?; Dora Osenton; Kitty Taylor and Mabel Knight. Front row: ?; Ron Knight; ?; Stewart Chapman; Nora Welch; ? Mrs. H. Osenton (Nora Welch) lent the picture.

62. This is a rare glimpse of the school at Saint Mary Hoo. To the left is the school house and to the right hand is the school room. The lady with her hands to her head, probably in shock at the sight of those three(!), was Mrs. Henery, the mother of the school mistress. Of the girls, on the left is Nora Welch, daughter of Bertie Welch at the 'Red Dog', in the middle is Dorothy Mortley and to the right Betty Piper. Nora Welch also appears on the picture of the class of 1929 at High Halstow School. This occurred because the family moved house to go to the 'Red Dog'.

63. Tank Engine No. 1877 'Chevallier' was built by Manning Wardie and Co. in 1915 and immediately began its service on the 2 feet 6 inch military line from Chattenden to Upnor until1950. It worked an occasional passenger service as described by Margaret Farrow in 'Kent Life', January 1981. She wrote about 'a little train which ran from the depot (Lodge Hili) on a single track secretly through the woods for several miles until it reached the river at Upnor' ... and 'on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, if the red flag was flying on the flagstaff on the hili (Beacon Hili) we knew that we could ride on the mysterious little train to Upnor and transfer to a tug which took us to Chatham Doekyard ' ... 'we returned the same way with shopping - and it was free' .

64. On the Chattenden to Upnor ammunition line, used by 'Chevallier' this signal box regulated the traffic at the Junction here. The width of the track can be seen before the crossing gate. This was the track from the wharf at Lower Upnor. The other track originated at Tower Hili, crossed Tank Field and passed to the right hand of the signal box. The junction of the two lines is on this side of the box. The two lines crossed the road from Strood to Lower Upnor near the Church (out of sight) so this is called 'Church Crossing'.

65. North Terrace was built by the Admiralty in 1906, or thereabouts, with Central and South Terraces. North Terrace was the Barracks for the single men of the Royal Marine Police. Married Police had Central Terrace (see Margaret Farrow) and Maintenance Staff and families were accommodated in South Terrace. By the late 1930's when this photograph was taken the need for astrong force of Police was unnecessary and North Terrace went out of use as a barracks but the 'Street' aspect of it is still used today in the practice of Street Fighting.



66. This picture of the Coastguard Station and Cottages at the Isle of Grain remain occupied to this day. The windows shown face out over the confluence of the Thames and Medway not forgetting the wreek of the 'Montgomery'. The larger building became known as 'Medtha House'. The postcard was posted in Cranbrook in 1913.

67. The whole of the Hundred was considered to be very vulnerable to attacks from paratroops and from water borne forces. Thus not only was the countryside littered with 'pil!' boxes and other concrete obstructions, but also needed a streng Home Guard. The Grain Platoon in its anti-aircraft wie defended the works of the Medway Oil Storage Company and the NavaI oil installations at Port Victoria. In the picture are, left to right back row: ?; Bert Payne; Bernard BIoomfield; Len Soules; ? Front row: ?; Fred (Fatty) Overy; Charles Higgs; ?; Bill Wise; and Bill Poynter. Charles Higgs was the farmer at Home Farm and one ofthe two officers in charge ofthe Platoon.

68. Was it boredom or necessity which prompted the sailors in this picture to leave the security ofthe iron walls of their ship to cultivate an allotment and produce vegetables and, especially, potatoes? Few are likely to know. They came ashore from their ship - the battleship 'Hindustan' - daily and on some occasions, when the necessity arose, came ashore to fight grass fires. None are known by name but are remembered as a group.

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