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Rex Cadman & the War and Peace Collection

Actually, the images I have recently received permission to use from the collection of Rex Cadman, also feature in the Kent Photo Archive and I am grateful to Roy Moore for putting me in contact with him via his colleague Roger Smoothy. The War & Peace Collection contains a number of relevant images of our route in Chatham.

Railway Street from New Cut Viaduct circa 1955. Collection of Rex Cadman. by Permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.
Railway Street from New Cut Viaduct circa 1955. Collection of Rex Cadman. by Permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.
Railway Street from New Cut Viaduct date unknown. Collection of Rex Cadman. by Permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.
Railway Street from New Cut Viaduct date unknown. Collection of Rex Cadman. by Permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.

I love this image of Railway Street, with its celebratory flags, bunting and street decorations. I have no idea what the celebration is – but clearly a big event in the calendar for the town. Notice the fairground at the bottom of Military Street on The Paddock site. On the left can be seen the Invicta Furniture Depository and below it the clock and striped awning of the Opticians – I can make out the name Clements – will check this out via Kelly’s Street Directory.

Bus Stop on Military Road Chatham. Collection of Rex Cadman. By permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.
Bus Stop on Military Road Chatham. Collection of Rex Cadman. By permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.

All of the properties in the image above were demolished to build the Pentagon Shopping Centre and Mountbatten House.

Naval Ratings rehearsing for the King George VI's Funeral. HMS Pembroke, Chatham, Feb. 1952. Collection of Rex Cadman. By permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.
Naval Ratings rehearsing for the King George VI’s Funeral. HMS Pembroke, Chatham, Feb. 1952. Collection of Rex Cadman. By permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.

The underlying symmetry, formation, visual contrast and rhythm in this image has been an important influencing factor in the development of the ‘Chatham Patterns’ concept. Similar events and parades must have played out within the streets and public spaces of Chatham so many times, that the evidence is within the very fabric of place.

The Hatchelling House at the Ropery, Chatham Dockyards circa 1950's. Collection of Rex Cadman. By permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.
The Hatchelling House at the Ropery, Chatham Dockyards circa 1950’s. Collection of Rex Cadman. By permission of Rex Cadman and Kent Photo Archive.

 

 

 

 

Roy Moore & The Kent Photo Archive

I have been corresponding with Roy Moore for some time now. He has been an invaluable contact at The Kent Photo Archive. 

He has allowed me to use some archive images of Chatham from his own collection and some contemporary images of his too.

Here are a few of these –

Chatham Railway Station date unknown. Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore
Chatham Railway Station date unknown. Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore
Railway Street, Chatham looking towards the Brook Theatre (formerly the Town Hall). Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore.
Railway Street, Chatham looking towards the Brook Theatre (formerly the Town Hall). Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore.
Railway Street, Chatham. Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Copyright Roy Moore.
Railway Street, Chatham. Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Copyright Roy Moore.
Railway Street, High Street, Military Road, Chatham, looking towards the Brook Theatre. By permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore
Railway Street, High Street, Military Road, Chatham, looking towards the Brook Theatre. By permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore
Sailors and Soldiers Welcome Home Establishment on Military Road, Chatham. By permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore.
Sailors and Soldiers Welcome Home Establishment on Military Road, Chatham. By permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore.

It is said that this ‘Temperance’ establishment, built in 1877 providing accommodation and entertainment for Sailors and Soldiers, was built to help them avoid the ‘temptations’ available elsewhere in the Town.