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140) Helen Wildash  Female
Adelaide, Australia Location
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Monday, 29 August 2016 06:07 AM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Thank you for the effort you invested in this site. My great-grandparents (William and Charlotte Wildash) married at St James Church in July 1871 and lived at 9 Wrotham Road, Gravesend (which I found on Google Maps) until about 1881.I was sad to learn the church had been demolished but delighted by the picture of it on your site. I will go back through the boxes of family 'stuff' to see if I have any postcards or other Gravesend pics. Again, THANK YOU.
139) Laurence Allen  Male
Maidstone Location
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Sunday, 14 August 2016 09:16 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi, have seen old threads about the Martin family of Gravesend. Is there anyone still researching the family? Strands of my family tree were in Gravesend before moving to Milton in Sittingbourne. Great to know if any connections can be made with fellow researchers and any sharing of information. Thanks. Laurence Allen
138) Sally Rush(Gibbs)  Female
Javea, Costa Blanca, Spain Location
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Tuesday, 2 August 2016 12:31 PM IP: Write a comment Send E-mail

I attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls between 1963-8 and would love to hear from anyone who remembers me
137) Valerie Brown ( Atkin)  Female
Calgary, Canada Location
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Saturday, 23 July 2016 12:31 AM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Everyone,

My sisters Lynn and Eileen went to the Gordon School For Girls in Gravesend. I left in 1961. The headmistress was Miss Plumb and the deputy was Miss Bevan. If there is anyone who went there during that time it would be wonderful to hear from you.
Valerie x

Balwinder Birring (Nijjar) Send E-mail Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:10 PM
Hi Valerie, I went to Gordon school for girls in Denton and remember those names. I was there late 60’s early 70’s and remember miss Flood the RE teacher and mrs Jackson who used to teach us Bulgarian dancing which I loved, spent many a lunch hour in the hall Bulgarian dancing. Remember Lillian Rainer was very good at it and a bit of a favourite with mrs Jackson, I wonder where she is now. Fond memories. I now live in Vancouver BC and would love to hear from anyone who remembers.
136) Harry Potter  Male
Wickford Location
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Monday, 18 July 2016 10:38 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Does anyone remember Harry Potter’s Tattoo shop at the bottom of the High Street. 1957 - 1974? Must be a few old customers still about.

Webmaster and owner. Send E-mail Tuesday, 19 July 2016 12:09 AM
HI Harry thanks for posting here. I certainly do remember his shop it was on the right hand side near the bottom of the hill as you walk down towards the river. It had some great designs in the window, even though I never had a tattoo myself I could spend quite a bit of time looking at what he could do.
It used to be a stop off for many crew members of ships that visited Gravesend.

big grin

Harry Potter Send E-mail Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:34 AM
Hi Host. My first visit to Gravesend was in 1949 when I was at HMS Pembroke in Chatham after finishing my training for the RN. Being my home port for the next eight years whenever any ship I served in returned I would get the bus from Chatham which would usually be packed with matelots of for a weekend or few days leave. We would belt en masse down the High Street to catch the ferry over to Essex. Services fare then was about sixpence. I started tattooing aboard the cruiser Cleopatra out in Egypt in 1952, and on completion of my time in the navy, and awaiting demob, I spotted an empty shop toward the bottom of the High Street, No 81, No 81, and decided to try the tattooing as a living. Tattooists were few and far between in those days. Rent for the shop was £2 per week. Rates? Nothing to worry about unlike today. I actually opened about two weeks before leaving the navy. Stopping off for a couple of hours on the way home to Essex. And there I stayed until 1974 when I had to move out to make way for re development I then moved to Dock Road Tilbury. My customers were
local lads, merchant seamen from all over, the local army garrison, and others from all over Kent and Essex. Busy times. I would be very pleased to hear from any old customers or acquaintances from those times.
135) Andrew Goodwin  Male
Northampton Location
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Friday, 24 June 2016 07:37 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I was born and raised in Coombe Road, off Whitehill Road and went to Whitehill School.

Remembering school outings I wonder if anybody remembers Moody's Coaches who packed up in 1977?

I would love to hear from anybody with memories or pictures.
134) Stephanie 
Ontario, Canada Location
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Thursday, 28 April 2016 02:08 PM IP: Write a comment Send E-mail

I am interested to know if anyone can tell me how to find out the historical owners of 96 Darnley Road, Gravesend.
I came across an old letter in a box of my Grandfather's treasures. The letter is written to his mother, Edith MacPhee, from a women named "Anne". Edith must have asked "Anne" to confirm "Amy's" address ... 96 Darnley Road, Gravesend. The letter is dated August 24th, 1915. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
133) carole cobb  Female
hampshire Location
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Monday, 21 March 2016 07:47 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

any pictures of Kempthorne Street?
132) Peter Sach  Male
southampton Location
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Thursday, 5 February 2015 09:32 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I've been told of this by a childhood friend
(Thanks Anne).
I was born in 1955 we lived at 26 waterton ave I went to Denton primary we then had the grocers in lower higham rd (dons) from there we moved to pelham tce and I went to Gordon boys by the old swimming pool I left in 1970 we then moved to northfleet Hamilton red where I worked at bowaters till they moved to sittingbourne .
I've still got many family members in and around Gravesend,so if anyone remembers me get in touch :I've been in Southampton since 1987 when I left the army .
131) Ann Nowell  Female
higham Location
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Monday, 19 January 2015 04:43 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

As a child in the 50s I remember visiting an open air swimming pool,which was on the Dartford to Gravesend road. All I remember is that it was on top of a hill on the right hand side looking towards Gravesend.Does anyone know what it was called and are there any photos,and where is the site today.Thankyou.

Fiona Todd Send E-mail Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:07 AM
I believe you are talking about the swimming pool at Greenhithe, it was still open in the early 1980s, it is definitely closed now and so far as I know is just a derelict unused site at the moment.
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