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Result number 1 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1148 on request slip.

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Additional records of Medway Branch, Dunkirk Veterans’ Association (DVA), meeting at Royal British Legion Club, 78 Livingstone Road, Gillingham, and personal records of Arthur N. Oates of Gillingham, Dunkirk Veteran, comprising:

 

minutes 1999-2000

 

attendance register 1987-1997 (1 volume)

 

register of members giving name, address telephone number, branch number, regiment or branch of service, service number, life number and date of death 1991-2006 (1 volume)

 

2nd. newsletter 1995 (1 sheaf)

 

personal journal of Sergeant Arthur N. Oates of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps kept during the campaign in north west Europe 1944-1945

 

scrapbook containing postcards and mementoes of holiday in Austria, Jugoslavia, Belgium, Holland/Netherlands and Luxembourg, summer 1983 (1 volume)

 

printed matter and circulars pertaining to DVA and Royal Army Service Corps activities 1948-2004 (1 folder)

 

felt burgee issued by Rochester upon Medway City Council to Dunkirk Little Ships on occasion of 50th. anniversary of Dunkirk evacuation 1990 (1 item, fabric)

 

recollections of Arthur Oates, driver and motorcyclist in Royal Army Service Corps, 48th. Division, Dunkirk and England 1940 and Germany 1945, composed c.1995 (3pp.) with circulars and correspondence about Dunkirk Veterans’ Association business, associated printed leaflets and personal photographs of Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst, Sussex (1975), Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Sussex (1975), Great Witley, Worcestershire, Ledbury, Herefordshire, Allington Lock, Allington and Chatham Dockyard (1975), Charlocote House, Warwickshire, Chester (1978) and Walsingham Abbey, Norfolk (1975) (1 packet);

 

printed matter including reprints of wartime newspapers commemorating evacuation from Dunkirk 1940 and D Day 1944, 1990-1994 (1 bundle)

 

certificate awarded to A.N. Oates, Royal Army Service Corps, by the Town of Dunkirk [1990?] (2 copies) [French] [cf. France]

 

Photographs and newscuttings relating to winding up of branch 1994-2005 (1 bundle)

Deposited 11 September 2007

 

service records of Lance Sergeant Arthur N. Oates of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, with active service edition of the New Testament, printed book of devotions for men on active service, French, Dutch and Belgian pre-war banknotes (4 items in small wallet), diploma issued by French Government to Mr. Oates for service in Normandy 1944-1945 (2003), service sheet for visit of SS Jeremiah O’Brien to Chatham Maritime1994 and photographs and printed matter pertaining to depositor post-war. Includes printed booklet entitled Life of a British PoW in Poland May 31st 1940- April 30  by James Stedman of Gillingham, 1992 and small printed booklet entitled My Faith on Active Service c.1940 and other ephemera

1910-2005

Deposited 11 September 2007

 

1910-2005

Deposited 11 September 2007

 

[Historical note. The depositor was secretary of the Medway Branch DVA 1991-2000 and Treasurer of Lord Kitchener Memorial Home, Chatham 1980-1995]

[For previous deposit see DE742]

File updated by Borough Archivist 2 October 2007


Date: 1944-2006
Quantity: 1 box
Result number 2 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_Ele_136_06 on request slip.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Leases

Rochester

Messuage with a yard and backside on the south side of the High Street in St. Nicholas, Rochester. No. 147

B

Lessees: William Creswell of Earls Croome, Worcestershire, salt officer and Thomas Strover of Rochester, tailor.

Term: 40 years

Rent: 8s.

Conditions: Grace 21 days; 2b, 9, 12, 19, 20, l year; 25

Date: 27 November 1778
Quantity: 1 membrane
Result number 3 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_Ele_136_07 on request slip.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Leases

Rochester

Messuage with a yard and backside on the south side of the High Street in St. Nicholas, Rochester. No. 147

A, B

Lessee: William Creswell, late of Earls Croome Worcestershire, but now of Droitwich, salt officer, surviving executor of Thomas Strover, late of Rochester, tailor.

Term: 40 years

Rent: 8s.

Conditions: Grace 21 days; 2b, 9, 12, 19, 20, l year; 25

Date: 1 December 1792
Quantity: 2 membranes
Result number 4 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_Ele_137_13 on request slip.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Leases

Rochester

2 messuages on the south side of the High Street, east of the tenement next to St. William's Gate north of ground belonging to the second prebendal house in St. Nicholas, Rochester.

A, B

Lessee: Thomas Strover of Rochester, tailor and Ellen, his wife, daughter and legatee of John Creswell, late of Rochester, labourer, her father, deceased; and William Creswell of Droitwich, Worcestershire, gentleman (Ellen Strover and William Creswel are sister and brother and the only next of kin of May Creswell, spinster their late sister deceased who was also a legatee under her father, John Creswell’s will.)

Term: 40 years

Rent: 12s.

Conditions: 1. Grace 21 days; 2b, 9, 12, 19, 20, 1 year; 25

Date: 29 June 1770
Quantity: 2 membranes
Result number 5 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_Ele_137_14 on request slip.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Leases

Rochester

2 messuages on the south side of the High Street, east of the tenement next to St. William's Gate north of ground belonging to the second prebendal house in St. Nicholas, Rochester.

B

Lessee: Joseph Poynton of Rochester, gentleman and Elizabeth his wife, late Elizabeth Strover and William Creswell of Droitwich, Worcestershire gentleman.

Term: 40 years

Rent: 12s.

Conditions: 1. Grace 21 days; 2b, 9, 12, 19, 20, 1 year; 25

Date: 29 June 1784
Quantity: 1 membrane
Result number 6 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_Emf_054 on request slip.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Estate records

The Fabric of the Cathedral 1591-1830

Notes on the reroofing of the cathedral with slate compiled under nine heads, possibly by Dean Robert Stevens together with a note, possibly by Bishop Murray (who had previously been Dean of Worcester) on some satisfactory slating done at Worcester, Worcestershire.*

* George Murray, Bishop of Rochester, 1827-1860; Robert Stevens, Dean of Rochester, 1814-1870 * Forerunner of Meas and Stainbank at the Whitechapel Foundry, London.

Date: [c.1830]
Quantity: 1 item (paper)
Result number 7 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_Emf_054 on request slip.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Estate records

The Fabric of the Cathedral 1591-1830

Notes on the reroofing of the cathedral with slate compiled under nine heads, possibly by Dean Robert Stevens together with a note, possibly by Bishop Murray (who had previously been Dean of Worcester) on some satisfactory slating done at Worcester, Worcestershire.*

* George Murray, Bishop of Rochester, 1827-1860; Robert Stevens, Dean of Rochester, 1814-1870 * Forerunner of Meas and Stainbank at the Whitechapel Foundry, London.

Date: [c.1830]
Quantity: 1 item (paper)
Result number 8 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_FTb_181_1 on request slip.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Finance records: treasurer

Treasurers' books 1548-1913 (DRc/FTb 1-243)

Each book is as a general rule divided up as follows: salaries paid to the Dean, prebendaries, minor canons, lay readers, choirmaster, organist, choristers, King's scholars, officers, stewards, counsellor, bailiff, and other church officers; the royal subsidy and annuity; pensions to the clergy; episcopal fees (exenia); alms; reparations to the fabric of the cathedral; exhibitions for King's scholars; expenses at law: extraordinary expenses and highway repair; necessaries; wood for fuel; carriage; and other items.

Giving lists of names and signatures of recipients arranged under headings as per cathedral officers, canons, prebends, choristers, paupers [beadsmen?] and pupils of the Cathedral Grammar School.

Treasurer's book - Walker King

Includes under miscellaneous payments, £8 10s paid the precentor and organist, expenses of journey to Worcester [Worcestershire] and Lichfield [Staffordshire], 4 September 1850

Includes expenses incurred on account of Minor Canon Row, the organist, vergers and schoolmaster's houses and the porter's lodge [cf. Chertsey's Gate], Rochester (p.40);

Includes expenses incurred on account of repairs to the cathedral fabric (p.42);

Includes under alms, £10 paid to Rev. Mr. Frederick Heberden, subscription to Wilmington school, 18 December 1849.

English.

[See DRc/FTb 181/2 for removed loose enclosures]

Date: 1849-1850
Quantity: 1 volume/49pp. used
Result number 9 - Please quote Reference: P352_STONE_NEXT_DARTFORD_1718_1955/P352_28_03 on request slip.

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Personal papers of the Rev. F.W. Murray concerning the tithe rents of Stoke Prior in Worcestershire, including a report on the parish to the Tithe Commissioners, 1844 and an account to the representatives of the late Lady S.M. Murray


Date: 1844 - 1879
Quantity: c.20 documents
Result number 10 - Please quote Reference: DE0053-DE0053_1_Canon_Wheatley_MSS_1684_1950/DE053_01_136 on request slip.

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Letters from N.D. Fourdrinier of Abbey Place, Pershore, Worcestershire to Canon S. Wheatley of St. Margaret’s Church, Rochester concerning the history of the Cox family of St. Margaret's parish, Government agent of packets, 18th Century, with notes by Wheatley.
Date: February 1923
Quantity: 1 bundle/4pp.
Result number 11 - Please quote Reference: DE0167_Local_and_Out_Area_Title_Deeds_1577_to_1973/DE167_45 on request slip.

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Lease of possession [of lease and release]

(i) Rev. John Hall of Haslar Hospital, [Gosport] Hampshire, clerk
Thomas Webb of Cammers Green, Berrow, Worcestershire, banker,
residuary devisees of Richard Hankins of Ledbury, Herefordshire, banker, deceased

(ii) John Hammond of Lillans Farm, Little Marcle, Herefordshire, gentleman

1 acre 13 perches arable land and orchard in common field called Putley Redding, Putley, Herefordshire; 3 roods and 38 perches arable land in common field called Sunthill; 3 roods 15 perches meadow also in Sunthill.

Rent: 1 peppercorn

Date: 1 August 1811
Quantity: 1 membrane
Result number 12 - Please quote Reference: DE0402_Couchman_ephemera_and_MSS_/DE0402_00_01_Intro on request slip.

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Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

DE402

E.H. Couchman collection of postcards, photographs, ephemera and manuscripts pertaining to the history of the Medway Towns (Rochester, Strood, Chatham and Brompton (later Gillingham)) and Gillingham, Rainham, Gravesend, Dickens’ Country, the Lower Medway Valley and the Hoo Peninsula 1680-1993 [1994].

[To view the full list of the collection, please click here;

to view the contents page and imagebase referral page for the Couchman collection, please click here;

to view the Cocuhman collection bibliography page, please click here]

Bequeathed by E. Harold Couchman of Strood to Rochester upon Medway City Council and donated by his widow and executrix Mrs. W.J. Couchman on 8 December 1994.NB Copyright does not necessarily rest with the Couchman family

 

Introduction

About the compiler.

Ernest Harold Couchman was born in Strood in 1911, the son of Ernest Couchman *, a picture framer, and his wife Isabella and baptised at St. Nicholas' Church, High Street, Strood on 11 February 1912 **, at which time his parents' address was 7 Stanhope Road, Strood. He was educated at St. Cretienne’s Roman Catholic School in Frindsbury and Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester.

Couchman served his apprenticeship with Aveling and Porter, engineers, at their Invicta Works, High Street, Strood, and moved with them when they relocated and reformed as Aveling and Barford at Grantham, Lincolnshire. By the early 1930s Couchman was employed by Short Brothers, aeronautical engineers at their Seaplane Works on Rochester Esplanade during the later phase of their production of buses and passenger bodies.

He married Winifred Joyce Rayner at St. Nicholas' Church, High Street, Strood on 7 June 1941 *** by which time he was working at Short Brothers' offices at Court Lodge Farm, Bush Road, Cuxton and worked there on the designs for the Stirling bomber whose first airframe was assembled on that site. He was evacuated to emergency Short Brothers' facilities at the Victoria Carpet Factory in Kidderminster, Worcestershire for a time but returned to Rochester, again to improvised Short Brothers' offices in the Queen's Hall of the Corn Exchange in Northgate, Rochester.

Faced with the prospect of again relocating with Short Brothers at the end of the Second World War, this time to Belfast, County Antrim/County Down, Northern Ireland, Couchman decided to leave their employ. He joined E.B. Badger and Sons Ltd., agents for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. Ltd., Kent Refinery, Isle of Grain where he worked on the design of that refinery. His involvement with Kent Oil refinery explains his detailed treatment of the refinery in volume 22 of the collection ( click here )

Couchman left Badger's to work for Matthew Hall (now Amex) in London, from which company he retired in 1972.

Couchman’s earlier recreational pursuits were philately, a subject on which he clearly enjoyed local prominence, and swimming, both of which are recorded in the collection.

The compilation of the collection as it stands was almost certainly a development of his philatelic interests in that collecting postcards bearing local postmarks seems to have led to a gathering interest in the subjects depicted on their picture sides. The notes accompanying the items suggest good knowledge of the local topography and a love of the Medway Towns, though apparently without the critical or subjective analysis of the conservationist. Instead, Couchman portrays the changing townscape of the Medway Towns dispassionately, perhaps with the eye of a draughtsman, keenly and objectively noting change.

Until the 1970s change often occurred to the detriment of the built heritage of the Medway Towns and it was unsympathetic town planning and development that led to the formation and activities of the City of Rochester Society, Chatham Historical Society and Dickens’ Country Protection Society, whose collections are also held at this office. These collections offer a more subjective approach to the architectural conservation of the Medway Towns and surrounding area.

At the time of his death in 1994 Couchman lived at Elaine Avenue, Strood. His will states I give my collection of local history as set out [not quoted here but see contents file] in this clause to the City of Rochester [sic] at the Civic Centre, Strood, Rochester aforesaid absolutely free of all Inheritance Tax for them to place in their Archives Department to be held by them in perpetuity for the benefit of the local community.

There are numerous photographs of Couchman throughout the collection, the best of which is a portrait of him in later years, to see which, please click here  Many are still in copyright and Couchman did not necessarily own the copyright

[* for a photograph of Ernest Couchman, the compiler's father, of 53 High Street, Strood, dressed as Mellitus, bishop of London and third archbishop of Canterbury, which part he played in the Rochester Historical Pageant of 1931, please click here;

** Strood St. Nicholas' baptism register 1905-1913 (P150B/1/52, entry 1339). By 1930, Ernest Couchman's business was at 53 High Street, Strood (see DE402/12/p.17 (U));

*** Strood St. Nicholas' marriage register 1935-1943 (P150B/1/62, entry 354). Couchman's occupation is given as draughtsman, his address as 152 Watling Street, Strood, his bride's address as 117 Elaine Avenue, Strood, his father's occupation is given as stationer and his father in law, Henry Frank Rayner's occupation as paper-mill foreman.]

About the compilation of the collection.

This collection comprises a sequence of 25 binders or volumes containing postcards, original and copied photographs (all prints), ephemera and manuscripts relating to a geographical area or part of a geographical area per volume, many constituent items accompanied by neat and mainly accurate pencilled historical notes serving as captions and bibliographical notes, supplied by the compiler. Inaccurate captions have been noted by the archivist as such in the list. Where items, mainly postcard views and photographs, are not captioned or are incorrectly identified by the compiler or publisher, identification in the list has proved possible by other means, e.g. by reference to Ordnance Survey maps and street directories.

The geographical scope of the collection is almost entirely the Medway Towns, Hoo Peninsula and Isle of Grain. These areas came under the local government of Rochester City Council, Chatham Borough Council, Strood Rural District Council and the short-lived Hoo Rural District Council (1897-1934) before 1974 and Medway Borough Council (re-named Rochester upon Medway Borough Council and Rochester upon Medway City Council) after 1974 giving the compiler a straightforward area of coverage. However, less explicably, the compiler ventures as far as Gravesend, Aylesford, West Malling and Eynsford.

Each page is headed by a pencilled title comprising the name of the town or village treated.

The compiler thus organised the collection strictly according to geographical area or subject matter rather than by the provenance of the constituent items.

Repetition of streets or villages occurs throughout the collection and may result from the compiler exercising his discretion as to an item's appropriate place in the collection, an unavoidable consequence of compiling a collection from varied sources. However, there is some evidence the repetition arises from the use of postcard and print titles or captions as the basis of compilation, thus allowing the inconsistency of numerous publishers in identifying views to partly influence the sequence of items. Another factor to be reckoned with is the compiler’s need to insert later acquisitions into sequence. This last factor is especially apparent in the Strood volumes DE402/11-12.

In the town volumes the sequences are usually alphabetical by street name but in several instances the sequence is inaccurate, e.g. Strood volume DE402/12. The explanation in such cases may be that the sheets were inadvertently shuffled by the compiler. In any event, the order has be retained and paginated as found.

Couchman’s accompanying notes were frequently derived from newspaper articles and other printed sources, often cited by him. Such bibliographical references have not always been noted in the list. However, consultation of the original document will enable this information to be ascertained.

The compiler formed the collection from postcards, photographs, ephemera and manuscripts from numerous and diverse sources although it is apparent in many cases the constituent items, though inserted in different parts of a volume or in different binders altogether, have a common origin.

Couchman seems to have been primarily concerned to collect all postcard variants of a view irrespective of whether later or other views contained a change in architectural or other detail. However, where differences exist, they are noted by Couchman and in the list.

Constituent items are described in the list in strictly page order and therefore in the compiler’s own original order as described above. The order in which the items in the albums have been inserted is firstly geographical with some evidence of chronological sorting under geographical headings. These geographical headings are typically, firstly, town names followed by street names and secondly, parish or village names in rural areas. The item headings supplied by the archivist in the list are intended to conform to and clarify the geographical sequence intended by the compiler.

The manuscript items in some cases belong to archival collections held at this office, chiefly the archives of Rochester City Council, having strayed long prior to the establishment of the archives service of Rochester upon Medway City Council in 1990. These items have been preserved in this collection.

Photographs in the collection are a mixture of originals (i.e. prints taken from negatives), copies of originals (i.e. taken from prints) or copies of copies (again taken from prints). Couchman ordered many copies from Strood and Rochester Libraries and Eastgate House Museum (now the Guildhall Museum, High Street, Rochester) whose photograph collections are now held in the Local Studies collections at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre. Confusingly, many of the library photographs had been obtained from the museum. Some photographs obtained from these sources were originally commissioned by Rochester City Council. It has not always been possible to ascertain whether photographs, especially the more recent ones, are originals or copies. Where there is any doubt, such photographs are described as photographs rather than copy photographs. Photographic paper has been one means of establishing if a photograph is original although this is not a perfect test.

The binders used are spring-back, loose-leaf stamp albums, acquired no doubt during the compiler’s lifelong hobby of philately. The constituent loose-leaf pages have been paginated by the archivist to enable accurate reference to items in the list and for security. Descriptions in the list include references to the pages as numbered. Constituent items are mostly secured onto the pages of the albums by means of traditional adhesive philatelic mounts, as found. This form of mounting has been retained for the time being subject to future conservation considerations. Some items have been left glued, as found.

The work of compiling the collection, and the entering up of the captions, was undertaken mainly in the compiler’s retirement in the period 1972-1994. However it is apparent many of the items in the collection were acquired by the compiler in a purely collecting capacity from an earlier date, the binders and compilation representing a later development of organising the fruits of his labours.

Occasionally there are empty spaces on the binder sheets annotated by Couchman to the effect an item has been removed. In fact, while some items may have been removed by the compiler from the collection altogether, such items are likely on the whole to have been inserted elsewhere in the same binder or a different binder, Couchman having considered an item as more relevant under a different heading. Intelligent use of text retrieval should enable linkage to be made.

It is clear from the contents of the collection and the compiler’s notes that he made good use of libraries and museums such as Rochester and Strood Libraries, the Guildhall Museum, Rochester (all in person) and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (by post) as well as local photographers.

Provenance of the items in the collection.

Couchman’s single biggest source of photographs and postcards was probably the estate of a local antiquarian, W. Glanvill Mason of 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham, consulting optician, local historian and guide to Rochester Dickens’ Fellowship, part of whose collection Couchman bought at auction locally in November 1975. On the same occasion Eastgate House Museum, on behalf of Medway Borough Council, also bought 200 glass plate negatives. Couchman and Mason may have been acquainted.

Mason’s school days at the Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire are well recorded in the collection as apparently is his courtship of his future wife.

It may never be possible to establish with any degree of certainty which items beyond signed postcards and annotated photographs are of Mason provenance as the compiler’s ordering of the contents was done without regard to provenance and not all items of Mason provenance are necessarily marked as such. This means that photographs in the collection other than those known to be of Mason provenance but possibly of Mason provenance, cannot and have not been formally identified as such in the list as they lack annotations or other confirmatory or contextual evidence. However, a search for the word Mason throughout the collection will probably reveal most of the items of Mason provenance thus enabling the Mason collection to be reconstituted at least in part (click here).

In effect therefore the Couchman collection incorporates part of the Mason collection, gaining authentication and importance by virtue of Mason’s own indirect antiquarian contribution. It should be noted the Mason material, fully identified or not, constitutes only a small percentage of the total Couchman collection.

Numerous photographs of Mason occur throughout the collection, the best being of him and Richard Dimbleby of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), correspondent click here

A second source, again chiefly of postcards and of some photographs, is the Moss family of Strood, into which the Couchman family married, hence the compiler’s means of acquisition or inheritance. Moss was the surname of Couchman's mother in law.

Other families whose domestic and social lives are recorded to a significant extent in postcards and manuscript items, also suggesting bulk acquisition, some purchased from dealers, include the Rayner [cf. Raynor], Hopkins, Davison, Gowar [cf. Gower] and Trelfer families. Rayner was the maiden name of Couchman's wife, Winifred, and her family was also related to the Moss family (see above), again explaining the source of many items in the collection. The Hopkins family is of especial interest as it included John Hopkins, the well known organist of Rochester Cathedral.

It must be assumed most other items in the collection were obtained at collectors’ fairs, antique shops and from philatalic suppliers, some of whose names and addresses are recorded on the items. In this regard, the numbers written, mainly in pencil, on the message sides of many of the postcards are the prices charged by dealers. It may be surmised that postcards that do not bear prices were acquired from family members or acquaintances.

Many postcards contained in the collection were not published for general sale as postcards. Instead they were exposed by private individuals like Couchman himself and then developed and printed locally by chemists using one-sided printed postcards i.e. with message sides printed on the rear (traditionally the front), presumably for customers to use as postcards if desired.

Notes on the listing of the collection.

Document descriptions are primarily or solely the work of the archivist but where Couchman has supplied historical or architectural notes to accompany items, these are summarised in the descriptions to help preserve the character of the compilation.

Item dimensions are not given except for photographs but it should be noted, except where items are folded, no item overlaps the total page area which is 11” x 9 ½” (280mm x 235mm). Postcards are standard postcard size i.e. 5 ½” x 3 ½” (140mm x 90mm). Where two or more items are fixed to a page, they are differentiated in the list as upper (U), middle (M) and lower (L) or (left) and (right).

Postcards in the collection were mounted picture side outwards i.e. towards the reader. Traditionally, the front of a postcard is deemed to be the message side, and the rear the picture side. This collection, as regards postcards, was compiled mainly according the subject matter depicted on the picture side, so the picture side has been described as the front of the postcard and the message side as the rear or verso (v), for avoidance of confusion. Postcards should be deemed to be blank on the message side except for print unless otherwise stated.

The dates given in the descriptions are the dates of the constituent items. In some cases an estimate of the date has had to be given. Where estimates are supplied, mainly in connection with un-postmarked postcards, this is on the basis of comparing similar postcards from the same publisher, examination and comparison of subject matter or reference to street directories and Ordnance Survey maps.

Even where postmarks are present the date of postmark should not necessarily be taken to be the date of exposure of the photograph on the front of the card. Very often postcards were kept in stock for several years or new editions made from old negatives. It is anticipated some postcards in the collection may be postmarked as many as 12-15 years after the negative was exposed.

Postcards, photographs and prints are black and white unless otherwise stated. All photographs are original or copy prints except for photographs reproduced in newspaper cuttings. Inaccurate grammar in postcard captions or titles has been corrected.

Abbreviations in postcard and engraving titles have been expanded.

Usefulness of the collection to researchers.

It is known that many postcards and photographs in the collection are unique. Thus the Couchman collection offers a unique opportunity to augment our existing knowledge of local topography, architecture and townscape.

The collection, as a topographical and illustrative collection, offers superb potential for comparison of views and buildings and townscapes at different dates, mainly during the period c.1850-c.1984 during which period the Medway Towns were mainly laid out and underwent the expansion of the royal naval dockyard at Chatham [cf. Gillingham], residential development, town planning, industrial expansion and decline and finally the closure of the dockyard. In particular the collection is useful for its views of pre and post-industrial development along the River Medway between Halling and Chatham Ness and on the Isle of Grain.

The significance of the Medway area and the compiler’s treatment of it in his collection lies partly in the fact the Medway Towns comprise the biggest urban area in the south-east of England outside London. Indeed one author, Tony Denholm, has described the Medway Towns as Britain’s first conurbation (see bibliography).

The historical, topographical and architectural value of the collection is the greater because of Couchman's inclusion of industrial as well as picturesque scenes. This especially applies to the third Strood volume (DE402/13) click here and the Isle of Grain volume (DE402/22) click here

The identity of the authors of many of the messages on the postcards, and of tradesmen’s invoices and receipts, enables a picture of domestic, family and social life in the Medway Towns to be painted for the period roughly 1850-1950. Even where postcards represent the only survival of an author’s likely prolific production of postcard messages, it is still possible to glimpse the social life of the Medway Towns at important times in history as for example with postcards sent by or to recruits, conscripts and their sweethearts during the First and Second World Wars. Some of these make poignant reading. Postcards enabled a relatively quick and cheap means of communication when use of the telephone was still not widespread.

The collection was clearly intended to be a methodical and up-to-date survey of the topography of the Medway Towns as Couchman has in numerous instances supplied his own photographs of buildings not recorded in postcard views or photographs, as deemed necessary.

The collection generally is relevant to the study of the Medway Towns prior to the closure of the Royal Naval Dockyard, Chatham in 1984. Subsequent developments such as Chatham Maritime in Gillingham, on the site of the former dockyard, and the road, bridge and tunnel building projects of the 1990s are not recorded in the collection. In any case, it should be remembered, the compiler died in 1994. There is a hint of bias in coverage towards Strood and Rochester, stemming either from the compiler’s Strood origins or the sheer preponderance of engravings and postcard views of Rochester as a subject.

Charles Dickens enthusiasts will find much of interest in the collection as many buildings and areas lived in or frequented by the author or featured under their real or fictitious names in his novels and short stories are also illustrated in the collection.

The Dickens Family first resided at 2 Ordnance Terrace, Chatham 1817-c.1821 and then at 18 St. Mary's Place, The Brook, Chatham c.1821-c.1822. Dickens returned to the area to live at Gad’s Hill Place, Gravesend Road, Higham in 1856 and died there in 1870. He willed that he should be buried in the graveyard of Rochester Cathedral but on Queen Victoria’s command was buried instead at Westminster Abbey, though not before his grave had been prepared in the cathedral grounds.

Examples of buildings and places associated with Dickens included in the collection are the Bull Hotel, High Street, Rochester; Restoration House, Crow Lane, Rochester; Fort Pitt, Chatham/Rochester; The Six Poor Travellers’ House, High Street, Rochester; Minor Canon Row, The Precincts, Rochester; 150 High Street (Eastgate), Rochester (variously Mr. Pumblechook’s house in Great Expectations and Mr. Sapsea’s house in The Mystery of Edwin Drood); Chertsey’s Gate, The Precincts, Rochester (Jasper’s Gatehouse in The Mystery of Edwin Drood); the Crispin and Crispianus public house, London Road, Strood; the Swiss Chalet successively situated at The Shrubbery, Gad’s Hill Place, Gravesend Road, Higham, the northern end of the Terraced Garden at Cobham Hall, Cobham, the southern slope of Cobham Park Oppidum or quarry also at Cobham Park, Cobham and Eastgate House, Eastgate, Rochester; Cooling churchyard; and Gad’s Hill Place itself.

References to Charles Dickens occur throughout the collection.

The Imagebase version of the Couchman collection

All constituent items have been scanned and published with the exception of those images whose Copyright owners have refused permission to be included in the imagebase. The percentage coverage of the collection in the imagebase is in excess of 99%. The imagebase of the Couchman collection is therefore a viable working alternative to the original documents.

In conformity with other collections available in proxy form, the Couchman collection is not produced in its original form except where a researcher can make a case in writing that access to the original is necessary. In such instances, a photocopy of the original document will be made available.

A few variations between the original documents and images should be noted.

Many photographs and postcards were cut unevenly by their manufacturers, photographers or chemists. This has resulted in the need to crop images in certain instances. Considerably fewer than 1% of images have been enhanced and where this has been done has only been in respect of lightening images which have reproduced darker in scanning. Any published images considered too dark for effective use can be lightened using scanning software.

The rear (message side) of postcards has not been scanned unless a message has been written there. Publishers' and other relevant printed details given on the rear of postcards have instead been referred to in the description. Likewise, compiler or previous owner's notes written on the rear of photographs have not been scanned and have been referred to in the description.

As noted above, Couchman’s captions and bibliographical notes have not usually been scanned. Such information is referred to or summarised in the descriptions. If desired, however, a photocopy of the original page can be made available.

A resolution of 300 dpi has been used for good quality originals, e.g. photographic quality postcards and 266 dpi for poorer quality originals. 96-266 dpi has been used for printed matter, manuscript material and invoices and 350-400 dpi for small photographs and other originals.

In conformity with archival online standards, captions comprising office name and document reference number have been embedded in the images. The collection name has also been given.

Listing of collection completed 19 December 2003 and introductory file updated by Borough Archivist 16 October 2006.


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IMAGEBASE USERS PLEASE SCROLL DOWNImportant note to imagebase users.Caveat and disclaimer.Customers wishing to reproduce, print-off, download or publish images from this database or imagebase may require the permission of the owner of the Copyright of the original records. Publication by Medway Council of this database or imagebase does not imply a right on the part of the user to reproduce, print-off, download or publish the images or absolve the user from the need to obtain permission to reproduce items subject to Copyright. Medway Council has obtained permission from Copyright owners to reproduce images in this database or imagebase without prejudice to wider Copyright. Strictly no commercial or organisational reproduction, printing-off, downloading or publication of the images in this imagebase may be undertaken without the prior consent of Medway Council or the owner of the Copyright of the original records. No separate or independent databases or imagebases derived from this imagebase may be created for organisational or commercial purposes without the express permission of Medway Council or the Copyright owners. Where downloading of images is permissible it may only be done for reasons of private study. Private study is defined by the Patent Office and the definition is incorporated in the relevant legislation.E.H. Couchman collection of postcards, photographs, ephemera and manuscripts pertaining to the history of the Medway Towns (Rochester, Strood, Chatham and Brompton (later Gillingham)) and Gillingham, Rainham, Gravesend, Dickens’ Country, the Lower Medway Valley and the Hoo Peninsula 1680-1993 [1994].[To view the full list of the collection, please click here;to view the contents page and imagebase referral page for the Couchman collection, please click here;to view the Couchman collection bibliography page, please click here]Rochester volume 5: High Street between Watts' Charity almshouses (Six Poor Travellers' House, no. 97 ) and entrance to St. Bartholomew's Terrace, near St. Margaret's Banks.[Caution should be exercised in relation to house numbering quoted in descriptions, as in many cases this was altered, usually in phases (Rochester 1881, 1894, 1895 and c.1953; Chatham 1901, c.1904, c.1905 and 1927). Corroboration of street numbering can be made by reference to street directories in the local studies collections (on microfilm and microfiche and available by appointment) and the local authority street numbering registers (CT/ENG/46) also available by appointment.]Receipted bill from Austen and Son, 107 High Street, Rochester, builders, plumbers, decorators, to a Mrs. Raynor of 33 Langdon Road, Rochester, for whitening ceiling and papering walls of staircase. Settled 11 April 1930. p.1

Receipted bill from Charles Leonard, London House, 165 High Street, Rochester, fancy and general draper to a Mrs. Mantell of Victoria Street, Rochester, for goods unspecified. Settled April 1892. p.2

Copy of photograph of shop frontages of Charles Leonard and Sons, 108-120 High Street, Rochester, drapers and H. Jasper and Sons Ltd., 106 High Street, confectioners, looking diagonally across the High Street from a point slightly to the west, showing window displays, roofline and tramlines. c.1923-c.1924 p.3

Cutting from Chatham News comprising advertisement for Leonards (Rochester) Ltd., 108-120 High Street, Rochester, illustrating hat and coat, new Autumn fashions. Headed with the mural crown associated with coat of arms of Rochester City Council. 7 August 1925 p.4

Postcard size photograph of print captioned the Mathematick Free School, build and endowed by the late Sir Joseph Williamson, Baronet showing frontage of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester. Original c.1750; exposed c.1980 p.5

Report by B. Hawkins, headmaster of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester, pertaining to absences of named pupils during April 1829, giving reasons for absence, 1 May 1829; appended with copy of letter from Thomas Prall to the governors, tendering his resignation and petitioning for a pension, original 30 April 1829. Possibly prepared as printer's copy. 1 item, paper. p.6

Cutting from an unattributed local publication comprising reproduction of engraving of street frontage of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester, captioned Rochester Mathematical School, looking diagonally across High Street towards corner of High Street and Free School Lane from a point slightly to the east, showing full elevation and roofline and pedestrians in High Street and Free School Lane. Attributed to an original drawing by Messrs. Nash and Bond, architects. c.1900 p.7 (U)

Postcard photograph of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester entitled Rochester, Mathematical School looking along High Street from a point slightly to the west, showing High Street elevation and roofline, street scene showing pedestrians, horse-drawn conveyance and range of buildings in High Street in background to the east. On rear, message from Dolly [-] to Mrs. J. Webb, 218 Upland Road, East Dulwich, London EC, referring to pupil by name of Wallace at the Maths School, just qualified as a pupil teacher. Wrench series, printed in Saxony, Germany. Postmarked Chatham 8 June 1907. p.7 (L)

Photograph of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester, viewed from diagonally opposite and slightly to the east, showing corner of school at junction of High Street and Free School Lane, showing front and side elevations, roofline of school and range of buildings to west of school, tramlines and juvenile bystanders, one of whom is of West Indian/Afro-Caribbean * origin. Mutilated and re-touched. Instructions possibly for printer on rear. Couchman's caption mentions erection of a bronze tablet pertaining to David Garrick. 7 3/4" x 5 3/4" Photographer not stated. c.1908 x c.1912 p.8[* cf. West Indies, Caribbean, Africa]

Postcard photograph entitled Mathematical School, Rochester showing High Street elevation Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester, looking from first storey of building diagonally opposite and slightly to the west, showing most of roofline and corner with Free School Lane. Couchman's caption states the building was demolished in 1970. c.1920 p.9 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled The Mathematical School, Rochester, workshop comprising interior view of workshop of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester, looking towards outside wall showing equipment including vices, lathes, wooden benches and display cases. Photographed and published by Marshall Keene and Co., Hove, Sussex. c.1925 p.9 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled The Mathematical School, Rochester, art room comprising interior view art room of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester, showing desks, chairs, posters, plaster busts and geometrical artists' models, frame cupboards, longitudinal rooflights, overhead electric lights and radiators. Photographed and published by Marshall Keene and Co., Hove, Sussex. c.1925 p.10

Printed admission ticket to reserved seat for performance of The Pickwickians at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester, for 16 December 1909. Inscribed on rear [i.e. W. Glanvill Mason, 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham]. 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" p.11

Printed programme for The Pickwickians performed at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester 15-16 December 1909, giving names of characters and caste members. 1909. p.12Postcard photograph of two actors in production of The Mikado performed at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester 17-21 February 1925, showing full-length view of actor in attire of female (left) and male (right) characters, both in Japanese * costume and holding fans, latter identified by Couchman as L.G. Brooker, against background of stage flats representing interior of Japanese house interior walls and window. Further details of cast given in Couchman's accompanying notes. 1925 p.13[* cf. Japan]

Postcard group photograph of members of caste of HMS Pinafore performed at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester 15-19 February 1927, looking from auditorium towards stage, showing chairs in foreground, musical director P. Fearnley [?] in middle ground and caste in costume on stage to rear, stage properties and flats depicting scene of ship deck and harbour. 1927. Medway Studios, 35 High Street, Chatham. Details of cast given in Couchman's accompanying notes. p.14

Autographs of the teaching staff of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester comprising A.W. Lucy, H.H. Hillman, W.W. Key (geography) and W.A. Treganza. c.1923 x c.1927 p.15 (U)Autographs of the teaching staff of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester comprising R. Fraser-Henderson (manual work), H.L. Evans, J.C.H. Bailey (gymnastics), E.F. Pattenden, William Stone (Latin), W.E. Lund, W.H. Harland and J.P. Williams. c.1923 x c.1927 p.15 (L)

Autographs of the teaching staff of Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester comprising Percy Fearnley (music), A.C. Cheeseman, D.J. Davies, E.W. Taylor, J.W. Talbot, Miss E.F. Thornhill (form 2 [?]), W.L. Lawrence (religion) and C. Meade (mathematics) (front) and C. MacDonald, James K. Bentley, J.N. Judd (chemistry and scout master), J.E. Mallin, Miss C.E. Lee (form 1 [?] and cub mistress), R.L. Poirier (French *), R.E. Rigg (English) and R.S. Morriss (rear). c.1923 x c.1927 p.16 (U)[* A note made by Couchman stated Taylor died 28 August 1954, with a reference to Chatham News 3 September 1954 p.2][** cf. France]Photocopy of rear of p.16 (U)

as above. Not scanned. p.16 (M)Cutting from Chatham News comprising obituary notice for Christine Emily Ratcliffe, died at Canterbury 14 September 1977, mother of Robert Ratcliffe. Published 23 September 1977. p.16 (L)

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester. Mementoes of E.H. Couchman’s membership of the Rochester Mathematical School Scout Troop, county of Kent, comprising two crimson cotton shoulder or arm patches bearing white horse heraldic motif of county of Kent with motto invicta and title Kent and white silk strip bearing title The Rochester Mathematical School Troop. Pasted on postcard. Postcard. Inscribed on rear to effect Couchman attended Maths School September 1923-Christmas 1927. p.17 (U)

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, High Street, Rochester. Mementoes of E.H. Couchman’s membership of the 2nd. Medway (Rochester Mathematical School) scout troop, county of Kent, comprising two blue cotton shoulder or arm patches bearing white horse heraldic motif of county of Kent with title county of kent and motto invicta and white silk strip bearing title 2nd. Medway (Rochester Mathematical School), latter made by Cash’s. Couchman attended Maths School September 1923-Christmas 1927. p.17 (L)

Photograph of elevation of main gate, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire. Exposed on occasion of E.H. Couchman’s attendance at summer camp at Green Lane Meadows, Old Windsor with Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester, scout troop, c.July x c.September 1926. p.18 (U)

Photograph of campsite scene at Green Lane Meadows, Old Windsor, Berkshire on occasion of E.H. Couchman’s attendance at summer camp with Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester, scout troop, comprising group of scouts standing or crouching around cooking pots facing camera with tented encampment, trees and bushes in background. Couchman identifies the right-hand figure as himself, the second from the right as possibly D.C. Hibbit and the centre figure (standing) as N. Cherrill, c.July x c.August 1926 p.18 (M) (left)

Photograph of campsite scene at Green Lane Meadows, Old Windsor, Berkshire on occasion of E.H. Couchman’s attendance at summer camp with Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester, scout troop, showing line of tents with group of scouts standing, kneeling or sitting in foreground with bedding laid out in foreground and treeline in background. c.July x c.August 1926 p.18 (M) (right)

Photograph of Windsor and Windsor Castle, Berkshire looking across River Thames from opposite bank, showing two women walking left to right in foreground, taken on occasion of E.H. Couchman’s attendance at summer camp with Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester, scout troop. c.July x c.August 1926 p.18 (L)

Two bills from Arts and Crafts shop, 144 High Street, Rochester to a Mrs. Gowar [?] [cf. Gower], Darnley Arms, Cobham for printing jobs, May 1910. p.19

Receipted bill from H. Butler, 127 (later 192) Eastgate (High Street), Rochester, tobacconist, newsagent, stationer and fancy dealer to a Mr. Mantell for newspapers and tobacco for seven weeks. Settled 24 August 1891 p.20Two bills from Higham and Hundred of Hoo Water Works to Mr. R.G. Gower [cf. Gowar] [of Darnley Arms, Cobham] for rates and water supplied, collected by Duncan L. Mackie, 35 Eastgate (High Street), Rochester. 1910 p.21

Print of pen and ink drawing by Edwin G. Hardy of High Street elevation, Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester, showing roofline and tree to right. c.1900 p.22

Photograph of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester and range of buildings on north side of High Street between Eastgate House (right) and junction of High Street and Blue Boar Lane (left distance) looking west along High Street, showing east elevation of Eastgate House, horse-drawn conveyance in left middle ground and group of male bystanders in gateway to grounds of Eastgate House, possibly during period of use as Rochester Workmen’s Club. c.1870 x c.1890 p.23 (U)

Print of pen and ink drawing of High Street and east elevations of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester viewed from a point diagonally opposite to the east with street scene comprising range of buildings and roofline on north side of High Street to west of Eastgate House, horse-drawn conveyance and pedestrians, trees in grounds of Eastgate House to right. c.1860 p.23 (L)

Photograph of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester viewed from a point diagonally opposite to the east, showing east and High Street elevations, boundary wall against High Street, wooden gates with brass nameplates and trees behind. 4" x 3" (100mm x 75mm) c.1900 p.24 (U);

Postcard Photograph of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester viewed from a point diagonally opposite to the east, showing east and High Street elevations, boundary wall against High Street, wooden gates with brass nameplates and trees behind. Street scene comprises range of buildings and roofline on north side of High Street to west of Eastgate House and horse-drawn conveyance. Message on front and rear from Auntie C. [-] to William G. Mason, Francomb's House, Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire. Postmarked 5 May 1903. p.24 (L)

Print of charcoal or pen and ink drawing of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester viewed from a point diagonally opposite to the east, showing east and High Street elevations, boundary wall against High Street, wooden gates with brass nameplates and trees behind. Street scene comprises pedestrians, dog and pony and rider. Initialled WD. Plate 17 from an unattributed source. c.1840 p.25

Photograph of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester viewed from a point diagonally opposite to the east, showing east and High Street elevations, boundary wall against High Street, wooden gates with brass nameplates and trees behind. Couchman's caption notes the adjacent building to the left bears differences to previous photographs. 4" x 2 1/2" (100mm x 65mm) c.1920 p.26 (U);

Photograph of painting or print ascribed to the Mason Collection [sic] * comprising view of eastern elevation of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester showing in the foreground the grounds and gardens of the house, trees, shrubs and ladies wearing bonnets, hats and long dresses with dog and in the background a view of the River Medway and masted or partially masted ships or hulks. 6" x 4 1/4" (150mm x 105mm). Print c.1800 p.26 (L)[* W. Glanvill Mason of 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham]

Reproduction of photograph of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester viewed from third or fourth storey from a point diagonally opposite to the east, showing east and High Street elevations, grounds or garden, trees and shrubs in foreground and range of buildings and roofline on north side of High Street to west of Eastgate House in distance. Above the entrance gate is a lamp bearing a sign stating Rochester Workmen's Club, supported by wrought ironwork. Published by A. Lacey, 36 High Street, Chatham and photographed and printed by G.W. Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland. 8" x 5 3/4" (200mm x 145mm) Exposed c.1882 x c.1887. p.27

Tinted postcard photograph of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester entitled Eastgate House, Rochester showing east and High Street elevations, warehouse to rear, fence alongside High Street and sort section of range of buildings to west of Eastgate House, street scene showing lamp post and pillar post box. Printed in Saxony. Published by JHG. c.1910 p.28 (U)

Heavily tinted postcard photograph entitled High Street showing Eastgate House Museum, Rochester looking from point in High Street slightly west of Eastgate House east towards junction with Star Hill, street scene showing museum noticeboard on pavement outside main entrance, motor vehicle, tradesmen, bystanders pedestrians and dog. On rear, message to Miss Maud Gurney, 3 Stuart Road, Gillingham, discussing visiting arrangements and weather. The Star Series, GD and D, London. Couchman’s caption states this item was printed in Bavaria, Germany but this is not stated on the card (unless beneath the stamp) as in previous instances. Postmarked Gillingham 19 May 1912. p.28 (L)

Reproduction of photograph from unascribed publication, entitled Eastgate House, Rochester viewed from a point diagonally opposite in the High Street and to the east, showing east and High Street elevations, boundary wall against High Street, wooden gates with brass nameplates and trees behind. Street scene shows horse-drawn conveyance in distance. Photographer: A.F. Eastmead. c.1890 x c.1900 p.29 (U)

Photograph of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester viewed from a point diagonally opposite to the east, showing east and High Street elevations, boundary wall against High Street, wooden gates with brass nameplates and trees behind and range of buildings on north side of High Street to west of Eastgate House and shorter section of range of buildings on south side also west of Eastgate House. Street scene comprises horse-drawn conveyances, partly blurred through time exposure. c.1880 x c.1900 6” x 4 ¼” (150mm x 105mm) p.29

Photocopy of newspaper article comprising captioned full-length photograph of George Payne FSA, director of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, showing subject in outdoors wear, looking to left of camera and standing outside entrance porch of Eastgate House Museum. Accompanying biographical notes supplied by Couchman. Reproduced from Chatham Observer 9 October 1920 p.10 Pre-1920 p.30

Heavily tinted postcard photograph entitled Eastgate House, Rochester showing a three-quarters view of the east elevation and grounds of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester looking across High Street from a point on opposite pavement at right angles to the entrance gate, street scene showing two male youths facing camera in left foreground and woman pushing child in push-chair in right foreground, lamp standard and boundary railings. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. c.1900 p.31

Postcard photograph entitled Eastgate House, Rochester comprising view of east elevation of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester and foreshortened High Street elevation, viewed from a point in High Street diagonally opposite and to the east, street scene showing lamp post, pillar post box, boundary railings and trees. Message on rear from Auntie C. [-] to William G. Mason, Francomb’s House, Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire. Postmarked Rochester 23 March 1903. p.32 (U)

Photograph of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, viewed from second storey of building in High Street diagonally opposite and to the east, showing east and High Street elevations and adjacent buildings, grounds, boundary fence, trees and noticeboard, street scene showing male cyclist, children and pedestrians. 6” x 4 ¼” (150mm x 105mm) After 1899. p.32 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester, Eastgate House, comprising view of east elevation and foreshortened High Street elevation Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, largely obscured by trees in leaf, looking from point in High Street diagonally opposite and slightly to the east, street scene showing pedestrians, lamp post, pillar post box and boundary railings. Raphael Tuck and Sons, Town and City series. Phototyped in Holland/Netherlands. c.1899 x c.1903 p.33 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled Eastgate House, Rochester comprising view of east elevation and foreshortened of High Street elevation Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, partly obscured by trees in leaf, and grounds with noticeboard and boundary railings, looking from point in High Street diagonally opposite and slightly to the east, street scene showing trees and pillar post box. Range of buildings adjacent to west obscured by developing technique. c.1901 p.33 (L)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Eastgate House, Rochester comprising three quarters view of east elevation of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, looking from point inside grounds opposite boundary railings, showing shrubs and flower beds. Message on rear from George [-] to Miss A. Thomas, 34 West Street, Faversham. Published by J. Welch and Sons, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Postmarked 7 November 1912. p.34

Postcard photograph entitled Eastgate House, Rochester comprising view of east elevation of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, foreshortened High Street elevation and iron gateway and railings, viewed from a point in High Street diagonally opposite and to the east, street scene showing range of buildings in High Street to west extending as far as and including Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School and short section of range of buildings on south side, pillar post box, barrow-man, pedestrians, tramlines, cyclists and horse-drawn vehicles. Message on rear from L and R [-] to Miss Moss, c/o Mrs. Hood, 8 Crittens Road, Cobholm, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Postmarked R[ocheste]r 1913. p.35 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled Eastgate House, Rochester comprising view of east elevation of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, foreshortened High Street elevation and iron gateway and railings, viewed from a point in High Street diagonally opposite and to the east, street scene showing range of buildings in High Street to west extending as far as and including Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School and short section of range of buildings on south side and pillar post box. Identical exposure as p.35 above but re-touched and omitting some bystanders and tramlines. Published by Valentine. c.1913 p.35 (L)[Reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark International]

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester, Eastgate House, comprising view of east elevation of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, foreshortened High Street elevation and iron gateway and railings, viewed from a point in High Street diagonally opposite and to the east, street scene showing range of buildings in High Street to west, pillar post box and pedestrians. Message on rear from Gortie [-] to Mrs. Nell Yaxley, Laburnum Villa, Dersingham, Norfolk. Postmarked 6 December 1911. p.36 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled the medieval room (2), Eastgate House, Rochester showing room interior with fireplace, wooden furnishings and picture frames. c.1910 p.36 (L)Postcard photograph entitled Eastgate House Museum, built 1591: the nun's house of Edwin Drood (Charles Dickens) comprising view of east elevation of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, foreshortened High Street elevation and iron gateway, lamp and railings, viewed from a point in High Street diagonally opposite and to the east, showing brass plaque on building and street scene comprising pillar post box and tramlines. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Series, 212 High Street, Rochester. c.1912 p.37Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Museum (Eastgate House) comprising view of east elevation of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, foreshortened High Street elevation and iron gateway, lamp, railings and museum noticeboard, viewed from a point in High Street diagonally opposite and to the east, showing brass plaque on building and street scene comprising pillar post box, tramlines and Kent Education Committee noticeboards for adjacent Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham Technical Institute and School of Art and Crafts. Couchman’s caption relates to the felling of the lime tree at south west corner in 1981. September 1920 p.38 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester, Eastgate Gardens comprising three quarters view of rear of Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester taken from north west, looking across garden, showing pond, trees, shrubs and railings and showing also rear of range of buildings to east of Eastgate House on north side of High Street. Published by Photocrom Co. Ltd., Royal Tunbridge Wells. c.1920 p.38(L)Postcard photograph used as Christmas greetings card sent by Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Dibley of Lambourn, Cobham Road, Strood, in former’s capacity as director of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester and illustrating the Bexleyheath (Bexley Heath) bronze founder’s hoard, comprising spear heads, sword and axe heads, found by Dibley and in the custody of the British Museum. Christmas 1934 p.39 (U)

Postcard photograph used as Christmas greetings card sent by Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Dibley of Lambourn, Cobham Road, Strood, in former’s capacity as director of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester and illustrating an item of Roman glass and an Anglo-Saxon funeral bucket side by side. December 1925. p.39 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled north view of model of Rochester Cathedral and St. Andrew’s Priory, in the 15th. century: built by Edwin Harris, on view in Eastgate House Museum, Rochester showing model as viewed from north, other features including market hall, market cross, High Street, St. Nicholas’ Church, Boley Hill and enclosing precincts wall. Message on rear from W. Taylor, curator, Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester to H. Rayner Esq., 117 Elaine Avenue, Strood, discussing slide collection. Postmarked 14 October 1960. p.40

Copy of photograph of prehistoric boat at excavation site at Milton Creek, Murston, showing portion of cut-out tree trunk lying at right angles to side of pit used for clay digging, spade marks visible in wall of pit and spade propped against parapet. A railway is partly visible behind the boat. Couchman’s accompanying notes relate to the storage and accidental destruction of the boat c.1970. Original exposure c.1924. p.41

Four newscuttings from Chatham News reporting philately exhibitions lent and arranged by E.H. Couchman at Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, with an emphasis on stamps and covers associated with first airmail services, flying boats and zeppelins 1925-1937. 1938-1939 p.42Four newscuttings from Chatham News reporting building of the empire flying boat and other flying boats by Short Brothers at Rochester, the airmail scheme and reporting philately exhibitions lent and arranged by E.H. Couchman at Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, with emphasis on airmail 1941-1943. p.43

Five newscuttings from Chatham News reporting philately exhibitions lent and arranged by E.H. Couchman at Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, with emphasis on airmail by balloon and aircraft 1870-1939, 1943-1944 (p.44)

Six cuttings from Chatham News and Stamp Collecting reporting philately and other exhibitions lent and arranged by E.H. Couchman, Renown Stamp Company, Chatham and F. Kearns of Chatham at Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester on topics of airmail, stamps of Russia and China and German * propaganda leaflets 1858-1944, 1944-1946 p.45[* cf. Germany]

Three cuttings from Chatham News reporting philately and other exhibitions lent and arranged by E.H. Couchman and G.H. Bigsby of Medway Towns Philatelic Society at Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, with an emphasis on airship and zeppelin airmail and Ascension Island (South Atlantic Ocean), 1946-1948 p.46Cuttings from Gravesend Reporter, Stamp Collecting and Chatham News reporting activities of Medway Towns Philatelic Society and Kent Federation of Philatelic Societies mentioning especially displays mounted by E.H. Couchman and G. Bigsby with an emphasis on airmail, 1947-1950 p.47

Newscuttings from Kidderminster Shuttle and Stourport Courier reporting philatelic displays mounted at Kidderminster Museum, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, mounted by E.H. Couchman, with an emphasis on airmail stamps and covers from 1870, 1941 p.48Colour postcard photograph entitled The Dickens’ Chalet gardens of Eastgate House Museum, Rochester comprising front elevation of Charles Dickens’ Swiss chalet and adjacent portion of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester, looking across garden and flower beds from north-north-west. Published by Judges Ltd., Hastings, Sussex. c.1962 p.49

Newscuttings from Chatham News reporting donation by Rochester Branch, Dickens’ Fellowship to Medway Borough Council of two mirrors for Dickens’ Chalet, Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester with group photograph in front of chalet (21 July 1978) and death of Amy Butler, member of the Rochester Branch, Dickens’ Fellowship, with group photograph of John Oliver, secretary of Dickens’ Fellowship, Amy Butler and Captain Peter Dickens, great-grandson of the author, 14 December 1979. p.50

Newscuttings from Chatham News reporting closure of Eastgate House Museum, High Street, Rochester and impending move of museum to the Guildhall, 1978. p.51

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester, Technical Institute comprising view of front or west elevation, looking across rough ground at rear of Eastgate House Museum. Message on rear from Auntie C. [-] to William G. Mason, D House, Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire mentioning an organ and violin recital at cathedral. Published by Arts and Crafts, Rochester. Printed in Saxony, Germany. Postmarked Rochester 1 December 1908. p.52 (U)

Photograph of Rochester Technical Institute, High Street, Rochester, showing front or west elevation, looking across rough ground at rear of Eastgate House Museum. 6” x 4 ¼” (153mm x 106mm) c.1920 p.52 (L)

Copy of photograph of Rochester Technical Institute, High Street, Rochester, comprising three-quarters view of building viewed from High Street end of Eastgate House garden, showing west or front elevation and south or side elevation, with trees and shrubs in middle ground and boundary wall in foreground. Original c.1920 p.53

Newscutting from Chatham Observer comprising group photograph of art students at Medway School of Art and Crafts, High Street, Rochester, on occasion of end of term fancy dress carnival dance, 7 November 1931, with original printed caption and accompanying key identifying students and notes by Couchman, students including Couchman first on left, second row from back. Published 13 November 1931 p.54

Copy of photograph of rear elevation of 150 High Street, Rochester, looking from point in Eastgate Terrace distant from entrance from High Street, showing man in cloth cap walking towards camera, pedestrians in Rochester High Street and in distance gates to Eastgate House gardens. Couchman’s notes record this house and attic as having inspired Mr. Pumblechook’s house where Pip stayed in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. 4” x 3 ¼” (110mm x 83mm) c.1930 p.55

Reproduction of photograph cut from unstated periodical or pamphlet showing range of buildings on south side of Rochester High Street, looking eastwards from point diagonally opposite in High Street and slightly to the west, showing pawn shop at right, entrance to Eastgate Terrace, 150 High Street and buildings beyond to left with part of High Street elevation of Eastgate House visible in left foreground. Street scene comprises pedestrians, motor vehicle and pawn shop balls sign. c.1920 p.55

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester, old houses comprising view of High Street looking west from point on pavement on north side of High Street diagonally opposite and slightly to east of 150 High Street and Seeley, drapers’ shop, street scene showing cyclist, horse-drawn conveyances and pedestrians. The shadows appear false. Before 1909. p.56

Postcard photograph entitled Uncle Pumble Chook’s House (Great Expectations) and Mr. Sapsea’s House (Edwin Drood) showing range of buildings on south side of Rochester High Street opposite Eastgate House Museum, showing from left to right Ye Olde Tea Shoppe at left, grocery store, Prall and Prall, auctioneers’, entrance to Eastgate Terrace and pawn shop, street scene comprising tramlines and power cables and pedestrian. Message on rear from Lizzie [-] to Mr. T. Masters, 98 High Street, Gillingham, informing him of Jim [-]’s passing for Christ Church [Oxford?]. Postmarked 4 August 1916. Exposure c.1911 p.57 (U)

Postcard photograph showing range of buildings on south side of Rochester High Street opposite Eastgate House Museum, looking west and viewed diagonally from a point on north side of High Street outside Eastgate House, showing from left to right Ye Olde Tea Shoppe (no.154) at left, Edwin Smith and Co.'s grocery store (no.152), Prall and Prall, auctioneers’ (no.150), entrance to Eastgate Terrace, Ernest William Fox, boot maker's (no.148) and Frederick Willows and Co.'s pawn shop (no.146) with other buildings beyond, street scene comprising tramlines, tram power cables, pedestrians and horse-drawn vehicles, several blurred by time exposure. Message on rear from Lewis [-] to a Miss Masters, 52 Royal Road, Ramsgate. Postmarked 16 November 1911. p.57 (L)

Postcard photograph captioned Mr. Sapsea's House, Edwin Drood; Uncle Pumblechook's premises, Great Expectations; High Street, Rochester showing range of buildings on south side of Rochester High Street opposite Eastgate House Museum, looking west and viewed diagonally from a point on north side of High Street outside Eastgate House, showing from left to right Ye Olde Tea Shoppe (no.154) at left, Edwin Smith and Co.'s grocery store (no.152), Prall and Prall, auctioneers’ (no.150), entrance to Eastgate Terrace, The Service Supply Rubber Co. (no.148) and Frederick Willows and Co.'s pawn shop (no.146). Street scene comprises tramlines, tram power cables, awning and pawnbroker's balls sign over no. 146 and bicycle propped against west wall of entrance to Eastgate Terrace. Published by W. Naylar, Rochester, Eastgate Series. Annotated on rear by original purchaser High Street, Rochester; motored from Wrotham to Sevenoaks, Sept. 4th. 1915 1915 p.58

Photograph of range of buildings in Rochester High Street opposite Eastgate House, looking east and viewed diagonally from a point in High Street slightly to west of entrance to Eastgate Terrace, showing from right to left, Tom Dunning's house (no.148), entrance to Eastgate Terrace, Fairbairns seedman's shop (no.150) and range of buildings to east, street scene comprising children, pedestrians and tricycle [?] with advertising placard parked in entrance to Eastgate Terrace. A portion of the lime tree on the south west corner of Eastgate House overhangs the street at left. Before 1897. 4" x 3 1/4" (100mm x 82mm) p.59 (U)

Postcard-size copy of photograph of ground storey and portion of first storey of Thomas Dunning pawnbroker's shop, 146 High Street, Rochester, viewed at right angles from a point in High Street, showing proprietor [?] standing in doorway and looking to right of camera, shop window containing display of stock and first storey windows containing bedding and rugs, apparently caught in a breeze. A roll of material is visible in entrance to passage at right. Copied from original in collection of W. Glanvill Mason [of 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham]. c.1880 p.59 (L)Bill from city treasurer's department, Rochester City Council, Guildhall, High Street, Rochester to Mrs. G.A.L. Masters, 154 High Street, Rochester, for erecting bronze tablet. Couchman's notes explain this was for a bronze tablet commemorating Charles Dickens and that the location was altered to no.150 c.1955. 1 April 1912 p.60

Postcard-size copy of photograph of range of buildings in Eastgate, High Street, Rochester, looking west and viewed diagonally from a point in High Street slightly to east of Eastgate House, showing on left R. and J. [?] Harris, bookseller's shop (no.137), through to no. 146 and beyond. Original c.1865 p.61 (U)Steel pen nib engraved J.J. HARRIS S [sic]CITY OF ROCHESTER PEN 1 5/8" (40mm) long c.1865 p.61 (L)Copy of photograph of range of buildings in Eastgate, High Street, Rochester, looking west and viewed diagonally from a point in High Street slightly to east of Eastgate House, showing on left R. and J. [?] Harris, bookseller's shop (no.137), through to no. 146 and beyond. From the same exposure as p.61 (U) above. Original exposed c.1865 p.62 (U)

Notes by W. Glanvill Mason of 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham on R.J. Harris of 137 High Street, Rochester, bookseller, pertaining to Harris' birth in Brompton Barracks, education at East India Company School, Brompton [in 1828 according to Couchman's own notes accompanying], apprenticeship to Homan family, connection with Charles Dickens, time as landlord of several named local public houses and move to London. c.September 1945 p.62 (L)

Postcard photograph comprising full-length portrait of Edwin Harris of 89 (later 151) High Street, Rochester, antiquarian and honorary guide of the Dickens’ Fellowship, showing subject standing in studio setting, looking at camera, resting left hand on table, holding walking stick in right hand and wearing trilby hat and spectacles. Photograph signed by Harris. On rear, compliments note from Harris to W.G. Mason [of 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham.] Studio: Jerome, 6 February 1936. p.63 (U)

Notes by Couchman pertaining to newspaper sources on Edwin Harris’ life and death, latter occurring in 1938. c.1980 2pp. p.63 (M)Postcard photograph of interior of Ye Olde Curiositie Shoppe, [sic] 151 High Street, Rochester, showing moustached, middle-aged man sitting in fireside inglenook and looking at camera, wooden panelling, portion of staircase and ornaments on shelves. Published by Edwin Harris and Sons of Ye Olde Curiositie Shoppe, [sic] 151 High Street, Rochester, steam printers and antique dealers, with trade and historical particulars pertaining to premises printed alongside photograph. The subject is identified as Edwin Harris in pencil notes on the rear. c.1920 p.63 (L)

Photograph of front elevation of Ye Olde Curiositie Shoppe, [sic] (Harris and Sons, printers) 151 (formerly 89) High Street, Rochester and parts of adjacent buildings, showing window display of artefacts with spinning wheel in doorway, a wooden carving or casting on the second storey representing a bunch of grapes (which formerly adorned The Old Vineyard public house, demolished), dormer windows and part of roofline. 7 ¾” x 5 ¾” (195mm x 143mm) c.1900 p.64

Copy of photograph of Lord Nelson public house, 83 (formerly 84) High Street, Rochester, showing three storeys of front elevation, weather boarding on second storey, dormer windows in third story and advertising placards and signs for Biggs Brothers’ ales and London porter and double brown stout and Barclay Perkins’ London porter, street scene showing bystanders looking at camera. Original exposed c.1877 x c.1890 p.65

Receipted bill from Austen and Son, 107 High Street, Rochester, builders, plumbers and decorators to a Mrs. Raynor, 33 Langdon Road, Rochester for fixing a picture rail, wallpapering, whitening ceiling and renewing blue sashline, settled 15 July 1930. p.66

Bill from John Randall and Sons, 84-86 Eastgate (High Street), Rochester, ironmongers, hardwaremen, glass and china merchants, to a Mr. Mantell of 16 The Terrace, Victoria Street, Rochester for articles including cups, jugs, plates, bowl, dishes, vases, basins, tumblers, moustache cup, chamber set and pan. Settled 24 August 1891. p.67

Letter from W.J. Mayhew, 170 High Street, Rochester, fishmonger and poulterer, licensed dealer in game, to unnamed agents of a Mr. S. Ridge, repudiating any liability for debt to the latter. 4 July 1893 p.68

Photograph of junction of Rochester High Street and Almon Place, looking along Almon Place from a point on the south side of High Street slightly to the east, showing corner of Queen Charlotte public house on right and range of buildings on opposite (west) side of Almon Place, street scene showing street furniture and pedestrian. After 1930. p.69 (U) 

Photograph of front elevation of Dunstable House, 186 High Street, Rochester and part of Rockcliffe, draper’s shop at no. 188 to left, viewed diagonally from point on north side of High Street slightly to west, street scene showing passing child, bicylcle (latter blurred by time of exposure) and tramlines. A Bryant and May advertising hoarding is visible on the side wall of no. 190. p.69 (L)

Tinted postcard photograph of street elevation of range of buildings in Rochester High Street entitled part of Eastgate, Rochester, demolished 1902; town pump erected 1763, taken down and re-erected 1822, showing from left to right J.H. Thomas’ City Auction Rooms (no.186), Franklin Homan, auctioneer and estate agent’s shop (no.184), private dwelling (no.182), G.E. Giles, confectioner’s shop (no.180), W. Wood’s premises (no.178) and J.T. Ogden, tailor and outfitter’s shop (no.176). Street scene showing horse trough and stone obelisk surmounted by lantern comprising city pump, shop assistants and items on display in and outside Ogden’s shop. Eastgate Series, published by W. Naylar, Rochester. Printed in Prussia *. Rear signed by W. Glanvill Mason [of 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham] c.1901 p.70 (U)[* cf. Germany and Poland]

Photograph of street elevation of range of buildings in Rochester High Street entitled part of Eastgate, Rochester, demolished 1902; town pump erected 1763, taken down and re-erected 1822, showing from left to right J.H. Thomas’ City Auction Rooms (no.186), Franklin Homan, auctioneer and estate agent’s shop (no.184), private dwelling (no.182), G.E. Giles, confectioner’s shop (no.180), W. Wood’s premises (no.178) and J.T. Ogden, tailor and outfitter’s shop (no.176). Street scene showing horse trough and stone obelisk surmounted by lantern comprising city pump, shop assistants and items on display in and outside Ogden’s shop. Master for p.70 (U)

 As above. From touched-up negative. With accompanying notes by Couchman concerning location of city pump and development work in Eastgate. c.1899 x c.1902 p.70 (L)

Two receipted bills from Franklin Homan Ltd., 173 Eastgate (High Street), Rochester, house furnishers, to a Mrs. Rayner of 22 Horsley Road, Rochester in respect of satin walnut bedroom suite, wicker chair and stair carpet, settled 1918 and 1921. p.71

Two receipted bills from J.H. Thomas, The City Auction Rooms, 186 (formerly 130) High Street, Rochester, auctioneer and valuer to a Mr. and Mrs. Rayner [of 22 Horsley Road, Rochester] in respect of overmantel, fender and firebrasses, 1919 and 1921. p.72

Copy of photograph of junction of Ironmonger Lane and High Street, Rochester, looking north north east along Ironmonger Lane from point in High Street at right angles to entrance to Ironmonger Lane, showing in middle ground and distance ranges of buildings on both sides of Ironmonger Lane with Willis Brothers, pawnbrokers' shop (no.177-179 High Street) at corner in left foreground and Red Lion public house (no.181 High Street) at corner in right foreground, street scene showing bystanders, brewer's delivery cart, beer barrels and pawnbrokers' stock inside and outside window, stock including medals and rugs. The original print bears a town clerk's label indicating proposed demolition under a 1903 Act of Parliament. 6 1/42 x 4 1/4" (160mm x 111mm) c.1903 x c.1906 p.73

Postcard photograph entitled High Street, Rochester comprising view of High Street looking west from point in carriageway diagonally opposite and slightly east of Post Office (right foreground), showing ranges of buildings and rooflines on north and south sides of High Street as far as junction with Crow Lane (Maidstone Road) and Blue Boar Lane, individual buildings including clockwise Austin and Son, painters (no.170) (south side), junction with Almon Place, Queen Charlotte public house (no.159), H. Smith, florist's shop (no.163) and Post Office (no.165). Street scene shows cyclists, pedestrians, horse-drawn conveyances, town pump, tramlines and tram power cables. Message on rear from Min [-] to Miss Win Mountstephen, 7 Alma Road, Pennycomequick, Plymouth, Devon, discussing weather and rowing on the River Medway. Published by Ive and Lowe, Chatham. Postmarked Rochester 26 June 1917. p.74

Bill from Clift and Co., 179 High Street, Rochester, pawnbrokers, jewellers, clothiers general salesmen and agents for Liverpool, London and Globe Insurance Co. for a pocket watch, 21 December 1939. p.75Bill headed with illustrations of bull and sheep from W. Boucher of Star Hill, 126 (later 194) Eastgate, High Street, Rochester, butcher to a Mr. Mantell [of Rochester] for steak and chops, etc., July 1891. pp.76-77

Bills from W. Boucher of Star Hill, 126 (later 194) Eastgate, High Street, Rochester, butcher to a Mr. Mantell [of Rochester], July and August 1891 p.78 (U and L)

Receipted bill from J.W. Reed of 126 (later 200) High Street, Rochester, watch and clock maker, jeweller, silversmith and optician to Mr. E. Mantell [of Rochester] for a French timepiece in marble and case and bronze etc., settled 24 August 1891. p.79

Copy of photograph of junction of Star Hill and High Street, Rochester, looking eastwards towards The Star Hotel from a point in the middle of the carriageway of High Street, showing range of buildings at left on north side of High Street, identified in Couchman's notes as (left to right) H.F. Tutt and Sons, pawnbrokers (no.177-179), Home and Colonial Stores Ltd. (no.175), Owen J. Carter and Co., wine merchants (no. 173) and Maypole Dairy Co. Ltd. (no.171), street scene showing tramlines, tram power cables and poles and bystander facing camera. The continuation of High Street on left of Hotel is partly visible. 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" (160mm x 115mm). Couchman's notes indicate original was exposed 1927. p.80

Copy of photograph of The Star Hotel, 198 High Street, Rochester at the junction of High Street and Star Hill, viewed from carriageway of High Street from a point to the north west, looking south-east towards High Street and Star Hill elevations of hotel, showing roofline and ranges of buildings to left on south side of High Street (comprising E.W. Willis, watch-maker no.200; C. Macey, fruiterer no.202 and S.R. Tonkin, furniture dealer no.206) and to right on east side of Star Hill (showing new Star Hotel under construction behind scaffolding), street scene showing traffic policeman, pedestrians, woman with perambulator, tramlines, tram power poles and rear of horse-drawn conveyance in High Street heading towards Chatham. 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" (160mm x 115mm). Couchman's notes indicate original was exposed August 1927. p.81

Copy of photograph of high street elevation of The Star Hotel, 198 High Street, Rochester at the junction of High Street and Star Hill, viewed at right angles from pavement on north side of High Street at start of Chatham Intra, also showing building adjacent to left (E.W. Willis, watch-maker, no.200) and range of buildings on west side of Star Hill, street scene showing window display in watchmaker's shop, posters advertising programme for The Picture House, Chatham and The Empire, Chatham, Gillingham to Frindsbury tram, tramlines, tram power cables and poles and pedestrians. 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" (160mm x 115mm). Couchman's notes indicate original was exposed August 1927. p.81

Typescript notes by Couchman pertaining to Majestic Cinema (later Gaumont Cinema, finally Odeon Cinema) between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester 1933-1987. Compiled c.1990. p.83

Photocopy of photograph of High Street elevation of Odeon Cinema, between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester, viewed diagonally from point on south side of High Street (Chatham Intra) and slightly to the east. Photographer: Kevin Wheelan. c.1930 x c.1987 p.84

Cuttings from Medway Extra comprising articles entitled helping to renew old friendships relating to reminiscences of Mrs. Gladys Rowse (formerly Farley) of Eastcourt Lane, Gillingham, former usherette at Majestic Cinema, between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester in the 1930s, published 28 April 1989 and recalling the heyday of cinema, concerning wartime history of Majestic Cinema, with photograph of Doris Wilkins (later Mrs. Lambkin), usherette, erecting poster advertising re-opening of cinema after temporary two week closure (3-24 September) 1939, published 2 June 1989 p.85

Cuttings from Chatham News comprising articles pertaining to history and sale of Majestic, later Odeon Cinema, between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester entitled hey-dey of a picture palace with group photograph of staff c.1941 (published 8 July 1981) and Rank puts Odeon up for sale (published 9 March 1984). p.86

Cuttings from Chatham News comprising articles pertaining to history and sale of Majestic, later Odeon Cinema, between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester entitled Odeon could be demolished for prestige flats: homes for elderly replaces uneconomic plan for shops with photograph of main entrance published 22 August 1986 andplan for Odeon site still a secret: demolition seems likely also with photograph of main entrance, published 27 June 1986. p.87

Cutting from Chatham News comprising article entitled last days of the Odeon as demolition men move in: unmajestic end for the city's cinema history pertaining to Majestic, later Odeon Cinema, between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester, with photographs of auditorium under demolition, High Street elevation behind scaffolding, group photograph of the Rolling Stones rock group March 1965 and poster advertising showing of Our Little Girl starring Shirley Temple, 1936, published 31 July 1987. p.88

Cutting from Chatham News comprising article entitled heartbreak at end of a love affair: Odeon family watches in sadness as cinema is reduced to rubble pertaining to connection of Ottaway family of Association Walk, Rochester over three generations, with photograph of Ray and Iris Ottaway seen against background Odeon Cinema of between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester, under demolition, published 14 August 1987. p.89

Three cuttings from Chatham News comprising article entitled those Majestic dancing days with photographs of Odeon Cinema between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester, under demolition and Ray Wade, bandleader with his band c.1950 x c.1955 (published 18 September 1987) and letters entitled awful end for cinema from John Larcombe, King Street, Yeovil, Somerset (published 21 August 1987) and cinema's first great night from Greg Thompson, Edgeworth Drive, Carterton, Oxfordshire (published 28 August 1987). p.90

Cutting from Medway Extra comprising group photograph of employees of Odeon Cinema, between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester, at staff party in 1955 or 1956, subjects including George Tim Frewin, manager, Jimmy McClure, assistant manager, Kath Hall, Dolly and Cecil Pawson, Edna Burt, Doreen and David Smith, Sheila Thompson, Mavis Featherstone and Wally Clarke, with short accompanying article. Published 16 October 1987 p.91

Cutting from Medway Extra comprising group photograph of employees of Majestic Cinema, between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester, assembled in restaurant and dance floor area on first floor, subjects including George Blackmore, fifth from left, second row, 1937. Published 7 April 1989. p.92

Cutting from Chatham News comprising article entitled organist recalls days at cinema (Majestic Cinema, between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester) based on interview with George Blackmore, former organist at cinema, with photograph of subject in Royal Air Force (RAF) service dress uniform sitting at organ console in 1942. Published 2 June 1989. p.93

Newscuttings from Medway Extra and Chatham News comprising articles, letters and photographs pertaining to Majestic, later Odeon, Cinema, between 212 and 228 High Street, Rochester. 1984, 1987 p.94/1-2Cutting from Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News comprising photograph of High Street elevations of Red Lion public house (no.189) (left) and W. Naylar and Son, undertakers and funeral directors' shop (no.191) (right), High Street, Rochester (Chatham Intra), viewed diagonally from point in carriageway slightly to east, showing junction with Corporation Street, street scene showing funeral procession facing camera, 1910. Published 18 August 1978. p.95

Receipted bill from F.M. Ward of Rochester Paper Hangings Warehouse, 173 High Street, Rochester, plumber, painter, glazier, paper hanger and house decorator, to a Mr. Mantell of 9 Clarendon Terrace [Rochester?], for supply and installation of glass, settled 24 August 1891. p.96

Copy of photograph of mounted lancers of the 1st. (King's) Dragoons Guards heavy cavalry in campaign dress of serge coats, spiked helmets minus plumes or pillbox forage caps, valise equipment and gauntlets, en route from Colchester, Essex to Canterbury to participate in the Eastern Manouevres, heading east along Rochester High Street, looking west against direction of march, viewed from point slightly east and against background of half-timbered building at no.191, also showing range of buildings on north side of High Street to west. Accompanying notes on events and extract from letter from National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea. Copy by Mike G. Bondi, 92 Allington Drive, Strood. 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" (135mm x 135mm) Original exposed 9 September 1896. p.97

Photocopy or microfilm printout of newspaper article entitled south eastern manouevres: troops passing through Chatham from Chatham Observer 12 September 1896, reporting troop movements in connection with army manouevres near Canterbury and Walmer, mentioning 1st. Dragoon Guards. p.98 (U)

Copy of photograph of mounted lancers of the 1st. (King's) Dragoons Guards heavy cavalry in campaign dress of serge coats, spiked helmets minus plumes or pillbox forage caps, valise equipment and gauntlets, en route from Colchester, Essex to Canterbury to participate in the Eastern Manouevres, heading east along Rochester High Street, looking east in direction of march, viewed from point slightly to west and against background of County Court Office, also showing building to left, street scene showing pedestrian, advertising placards and rain-soaked tarmacadam carriageway. 6" x 5" (150mm x 125mm). Original exposed 9 September 1896. p.98 (L)

Photograph of range of buildings in High Street, Rochester, comprising entrance to Whites Passage, Joseph Martin, second-hand clothes dealer's (no.191), Robert Smith, leather seller's (no.193), shop or private dwelling (no.195) (these three premises weatherboarded) and Hillier's Creamery (no.197), looking from a point diagonally opposite and slightly to the west, exposed in the aftermath of an all-destructive fire affecting nos.191-193, showing exposed shell of buildings, collapsed wooden timbers and damaged windows, street scene showing fire brigade hose tender and elevating ladder and debris in carriageway with civilian bystanders and fire brigade officers and crew looking at camera from pavement on north side of High Street. A dog stands in the midst of the firemen. 6" x 4 1/4" (150mm x 106mm). 9 March 1907. p.99/1

Letter from W. Glanvill Mason, Bernvale, 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham to editor, Chatham News, High Street, Chatham, offering loan of photograph at p.99/1 as follow-up to an article and photograph published previously about fire at same spot. 25 September 1956 p.99/2

Letter from W. Hawkins, photograph department, Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News, 30 High Street, Chatham to W. Glanvill Mason [Bernvale, 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham] thanking him for the photograph in p.99/1 above but declining to use it. [1958] p.99/3

Receipted bill from A.F. Smith, 215 High Street, Rochester, builders' merchants and electrical goods factors, to a Mr. Rayner, 33 Langdon Road, Rochester, for blue hearth tiles, cement and labour. Settled 21 December 1926 p.100Receipt from Clarke and Simmons, 212 High Street, Rochester, wireless and cycle [cf. bicycle] agents, to a Mr. Raynor [of 33 Langdon Road, Rochester] for a deposit on a Kobra [bicycle?], 21 August 1931. p.101

Receipted bill from J.H. Durrant and Son, 282 High Street, Rochester, builders, shopfitters and sanitary engineers to a Mr. Raynor, 16 Temple Gardens, Strood for supply and installation of chimney pot, settled 16 March 1926. p.102

Receipted bill from J.H. Durrant and Son, 282 High Street, Rochester, builders, shopfitters and sanitary engineer [sic] to a Mr. Raynor, 16 Temple Gardens, Strood, for clearing and repairing gutters, settled 19 June 1922 p.103

Receipted bill from E. Wetherill, 308 High Street (St. Margaret's Banks), Rochester, dentist, to a Mr. Raynor, settled 30 October 1920 p.104 (U)

Receipted bill from E. Wetherill, 308 High Street (St. Margaret's Banks), Rochester, dentist, to a Mr. Rayner [sic], settled 8 March 1919 p.104 (L)

Copy of photograph of range of buildings on south side of Rochester High Street between eastern foot of St. Margaret's Banks (right foreground) and entrance to St. Bartholomew's Terrace, with in between from left, E.M. Dowler, blind maker's premises and entrance to J. Terry's marine stores, street scene showing advertising hoardings, gas street lamp and railings alongside St. Margaret's Banks and carriageway (with scattering of horse droppings). From an original at the Guildhall Museum, High Street, Rochester, exposed in 1894. p.105.

File updated by borough archivist 10 December 2004.


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E.H. Couchman collection of postcards, photographs, ephemera and manuscripts pertaining to the history of the Medway Towns (Rochester, Strood, Chatham and Brompton (later Gillingham)) and Gillingham, Rainham, Gravesend, Dickens’ Country, the Lower Medway Valley and the Hoo Peninsula 1680-1993 [1994].

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Cobham: Cobham Hall and Park, Cobham Village, Cobham Church, Cobham College and Cobham Environs

Cobham Hall and Park
Print from engraving entitled Cobham Hall, Kent, the seat of Earl of Darnley comprising view of west elevation of Cobham Hall looking north-east from West Park, showing in foreground part of Cobham Park, group of recumbent deer and bushes, in middle ground hall and in distance trees. A sub-title states tickets to the state rooms are obtainable from Mr. Caddel’s Library, Gravesend. c.1800 DE402/23/p.1

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham Hall, Kent comprising view of west front looking east from West Park, showing in foreground field at edge of Cobham Park, in middle ground lawn or tennis court, in middle distance garden court, trees and hall showing left to right, north wing, central block and south wing. On rear, message from Benjamin [?] (Benny [?]) to Mr. W. Misson (Mishy), c/o Rev. Dr. Flecker, Dean Close School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, describing weather and sending love. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Couchman’s accompanying notes state the hall was owned successively by Lords Cobham 1208-1603, Dukes of Lennox and Richmond 1613-1672, Barons and Baronesses Clifton of Leighton Bromswold 1672-1728 and the Blighs, Earls of Darnley [1728-1955.] Postmarked Harrow, Middlesex 5 September 1908. DE402/23/p.2 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham Hall, Kent comprising view of south elevation of south wing looking north-west from South Pleasure Grounds, showing in foreground South Lawn and shrubbery, in middle ground trees, shrubs and tent and in middle distance Hall. On rear, message from Thomas (Tom) [-] to Miss F. Hicks, 2 Barton Buildings, Queens Square, Bath, Somerset, wishing her a good cycle ride. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Postmarked Dulwich, London 20 July 1908. DE402/23/p.2 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph comprising view of south elevation of south wing of Cobham Hall looking north from South Pleasure Grounds, showing in foreground garden, lawns and shrubberies, in middle ground pathways, fountain and cedar of Lebanon and in distance Hall. Mason Collection. c.1910 DE402/23/p.3 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Hall comprising view of south elevation of south wing of Cobham Hall looking north-east from western end of South Lawn, showing in foreground lawn at edge of Cobham Park, in middle ground trees and shrubs and in distance, left to right, southern elevation of north wing (partly obscured), garden court and south wing. On rear, message from Laura [-] to Miss L. (Dorothy or Dot) Moss, 27 St. Patricks Road, Hereson, Ramsgate, wishing her a jolly time. Postmarked Rochester 23 August 1911. DE402/23/3 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Photograph of southern elevation of Cobham Hall looking north across South Pleasure Grounds in Cobham Park from point between Old Dairy and Hall, showing in fore and middle grounds fence, shrubs and trees, in middle distance cedar of Lebanon and other trees and in distance Hall with trees beyond. 3 ½” x 2 1/8” (89mm x 54mm) c.1880 DE402/23/p.4 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled A Peep at Cobham Hall comprising view of south elevation of south wing of Cobham Hall looking north across South Pleasure Grounds in Cobham Park from point between Old Dairy and Hall, showing in fore and middle grounds trees, shrubs and lawns, in middle distance cedar of Lebanon and in distance Hall and trees beyond. c.1910 DE402/23/p.4 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Hall, West Front showing in foreground lawn at edge of West Park in Cobham Park, in middle ground trees and in middle distance, left to right, north wing, garden court and central block and south wing. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham with accompanying printed architectural description of Hall and viewing arrangements. c.1910 DE402/23/p.5 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Hall, South Front comprising view of Cobham Hall and surrounding gardens looking north from South Pleasure Grounds, showing in fore and middle ground shrubs, South Lawn and trees, in middle distance cedar of Lebanon and in distance Hall with trees beyond. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham with accompanying printed description of topography and Park and quoting from The Pickwick Papers Chapter xi pertaining to the Pickwickians’ route from Rochester to Cobham. c.1910 DE402/23/p.5 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Picture Gallery, Cobham Hall comprising interior longitudinal view of corridor in west range of service court looking south, showing floor covering, chairs on each side of corridor and on left side windows and on right side cornice, picture rail and hanging framed pictures. c.1910 DE402/23/p.6

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Charles Dickens’ Chalet, Cobham Park, near Rochester comprising view of former Dickens’ Swiss * chalet on southern slope of Cobham Park Oppidum, looking north-east, showing in foreground grass area and bushes, in middle ground chalet and bushes and in background trees. On rear, message from D. O[-] to a Mrs. French, 26 Northcote Road, Strood, asking for the return of a box to a florist. Couchman’s accompanying notes state the chalet was presented to Dickens by Charles Fechter, actor, and stood in the shrubbery at Gad’s Hill, Higham until 1870. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Photo Series, Rochester. Postmarked Kidderminster, Worcestershire 28 March 1923. DE402/23/p.7 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled The Dickens’ Chalet, Cobham comprising view of former Dickens’ Swiss * chalet at northern end of Terraced Garden at Cobham Hall, looking north-west, showing in foreground lawn and shrubs, in middle ground pathway, daffodils and chalet and in distance terrace and trees. Photographer A.E. Ash. c.1910 x c.1920 DE402/23/p.7 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted postcard photograph entitled The Swiss Chalet, Cobham Park comprising view of former Dickens’ Swiss * chalet at northern end of Terraced Garden at Cobham Hall, looking north, showing in foreground lawn and sapling, in middle ground shrubs and chalet and in distance trees. On rear, message from Millicent (Milly) [-] to Amy [-] wishing her many returns of the day. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham and printed by S.H. and Co. Ltd. in Germany. Couchman’s accompanying notes refer to difficulties in re-erecting chalet on arrival from Crystal Palace, London, 1871. c.1910 DE402/23/p.8

[* cf. Switzerland]

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Park comprising view of Friesian and Jersey cows and deer grazing in park, probably in vicinity of Peggy Taylor's Hill [site of later Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Course], showing in middle ground felled trees and middle distance and distance clumps of trees. On rear, message from unsigned author to a Mrs. Gooding, 22 Bathurst Mews, Sussex Square, Paddington, London, describing a run. Published by William Purfield, Cobham. Postmarked Wareham, Dorset 21 June 1912. DE402/23/p.9 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Park near Rochester comprising view of Friesian and Jersey cows and deer grazing in park, probably in vicinity of Peggy Taylor's Hill [area later Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Course], showing in distance clumps of trees. c.1912 DE402/23/p.9 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Lodge Gate and Park, Cobham comprising view of estate lodge and entrance to south-eastern corner of Cobham Park, looking east from end of Lodge Lane, Cobham towards Great Wood, showing in foreground carriageway and horse manure, in middle ground, left to right, gate posts and opened gate, wooden fence and two children looking at camera, thatched building and garden, in near distance trees, in middle distance open parkland and in distance Great Wood. c.1910 DE402/23/10 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled The Lodge Gate, Cobham Park, Cobham comprising view of estate lodge and entrance to south-eastern corner of Cobham Park, looking east-north-east, showing in foreground carriageway and horse manure, in middle ground, left to right, gate posts and opened gate, continuation of road, wooden fence, thatched building and garden, in near and middle distance trees and in distance open parkland and clumps of trees. [Mutilated or re-touched.] c.1910 DE402/23/10 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Cutting from Chatham Observer comprising reproduction of drawing of monument to Edward Bligh, 5th. Earl of Darnley with full quotation of inscription. Couchman’s accompanying notes describe the accident in which on 4 Febuary 1835 Lord Darnley injured his foot whilst demonstrating to two companions how to cut a tree root in half, contracting tetanus as a result, consequential death on 11 February, erection of four yew trees and memorial and vandalism in period 1945-1949. 11 December 1936 DE402/23/p.11

Cobham Hall and Park
Colour photograph of fragments of monument to Edward Bligh, 5th. Earl of Darnley, Cobham Hall, showing in foreground stone bearing carved coat of arms, in middle ground plinth, collapsed stones, tree and undergrowth and in distance clump of trees. Photographer: E.H. Couchman. 4 April 1984 DE402/23/p.12 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Colour photograph of fragments of monument to Edward Bligh, 5th. Earl of Darnley, Cobham Hall, looking from point to right of vantage point in above photograph, showing in foreground same stone bearing carved coat of arms, in middle ground plinth, collapsed stones, tree and undergrowth and in background bases of trees. Photographer: E.H. Couchman. 4 April 1984 DE402/23/p.12 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Photograph of family mausoleum of Earls of Darnley on William’s Hill, Cobham Park, looking south-east from the Deer Park, showing in foreground summit of hill and trees, in middle ground mausoleum, flight of steps leading from basement vault to chapel and surrounding iron railing and in distance clump of trees. Couchman’s accompanying notes explain mausoleum was built by John Bligh, 4th. Earl of Darnley on instructions of his father, employment of James Wyatt as architect, give date of laying of foundation stone as 17 June 1783, describe architecture, cost, non-use and possibly spurious alternative historical details pertaining to mausoleum, attributed to W. Glanvill Mason. c.1930 DE402/23/p.13

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted postcard photograph entitled The Mausoleum, Lord Darnley’s Park, Cobham, near Rochester comprising view of family mausoleum of Earls of Darnley on William’s Hill, Cobham Park, looking east from the Deer Park, showing in foreground summit of hill, in middle ground path and walker, in middle distance mausoleum, flight of steps leading from basement vault to chapel and surrounding iron railing and in left middle distance and distance trees at northern end of Norwood Grove. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Series, Rochester and printed in Saxony, Germany. c.1910 DE402/23/p.14 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Mausoleum in Cobham Park, Kent comprising view of family mausoleum of Earls of Darnley on William’s Hill, Cobham Park, looking south-east from the Deer Park, showing in foreground surrounding iron railing and bushes, in middle ground mausoleum and flight of steps leading from basement vault to chapel and in background trees and bushes. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. c.1910 DE402/23/p.14 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted postcard photograph entitled The Woods, Cobham, Kent comprising view of metalled road, probably Brewers Road, Shorne, running through woodland, probably looking north, showing on right hand side Brewers Wood and on left hand side Shorne Wood, also showing undergrowth and bushes alongside road. On rear, message from Ethel [?] (Eth) [-] to a Dr. Ptolemy, c/o Mr. H. Taylor, 15 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, hoping to see him and sending her love. Postmarked Dartford 13 May 1908 and Gravesend 14 May 1914. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. DE402/23/p.15 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham Woods comprising view of metalled road probably Brewers Road, Shorne, running through woodland, probably looking north, showing on right hand side Brewers Wood and on left hand side Shorne Wood, showing pony and trap approaching camera, canopy of trees and undergrowth and bushes alongside road. On rear, message from Gladys [-], 25 Overcliffe, Gravesend to Miss Edith (Edie) Read, 47 Park Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, saying she is safe and discussing travel arrangements. Exposed c.1905. Postmarked Gravesend 26 September 1917. DE402/23/p.15 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham Woods, Kent comprising view of path running through woodland, probably Cobham Woods (Cobham, Cuxton or Strood) or Shorne Wood (Shorne), showing strollers heading towards or facing camera and bare trees including chestnuts on both sides of path. On rear, message from Grandma to Master Charles (Charlie) K. Potter, 22 Normandy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, Staffordshire, sending her love, saying she is glad he is doing well at school and hoping he can stroll one day in Cobham Woods. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Postmarked Rochester 2 April 1910. DE402/23/p.16 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Woods, near Gravesend comprising view looking along metalled road, possibly Watling Street, running through woodland, probably Cobham Woods (Cobham, Cuxton or Strood) or Shorne Wood (Shorne), showing pony and trap approaching camera, canopy of trees and undergrowth and bushes alongside road. Published by Photocrom Co. Ltd., London. From same negative as DE402/23/p.15 (L) above. Exposed c.1905. DE402/23/p.16 (L) [Mutilated]

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled The Path through the Wood, Cobham comprising view looking along path through woodland, probably in vicinity of Puckle Hill or Brewers Wood, Shorne, showing undergrowth and ferns and tree canopy and in left foreground noticeboard on tree trunk stating Rhododendron season ended. On rear, message from A.B. Kelly, as of 75 Colomb Street, East Greenwich, London to a Miss White, 8 Etta Street, Deptford, London SE, mentioning visit to concerts at Hatcham Liberal Club, London and picnic whilst holiday-making in Cobham Woods. Dated and postmarked Gillingham 8 August 1912. DE402/23/p.17 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Woods comprising view looking along path through woodland, probably Cobham Woods (Cobham, Cuxton or Strood) and possibly in vicinity of Mausoleum, showing bare hornbeam trees and silver birches either side of path and in distance. c.1910 DE402/23/p.17 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Park, Kent, Brewers Gate comprising view of brick lodge and arched gateway looking south across Watling Street from south-east corner of Shorne Wood, showing in foreground carriageway at junction of Watling Street and Brewers Road, in middle ground lodge forecourt and, left to right, brick wall and mouldings, pedestrian arch, vehicular arch, iron gates, lodge, tree and iron railing and in distance trees inside northern boundary of Cobham Park. DB Ltd. Series. Couchman’s accompanying notes state Brewers Gate was principal entrance to Cobham Park built in 1800 and demolished 1979 x 1980. c.1906 DE402/23/p.18 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Brewers Gate, Cobham Park comprising view of junction of Brewers Road and Watling Street, showing in foreground, left to right, corner of highway verge at south-west corner of Brewers Wood, section of Brewers Road between Boghurst Cottages and junction with Watling Street, trees, hedge and ditch at south-east corner of Shorne Wood, in middle ground Watling Street, parked horse-drawn grocer’s van, in middle distance pedestrian arch, vehicular arch, iron gates, lodge, tree and iron railing and in distance trees inside northern boundary of Cobham Park. Street scene shows finger signpost pointing to Rochester and Gravesend, two parked bicycles and one dismounted cyclist looking at camera. On rear, message from A.E. B[-] of Fisherswood [Rochester?] to a Miss Edmonds, Red House, Frindsbury describing own touring holiday, giving itinerary of relations’ touring holiday in Devon and weather. Published by H. Brothers. Couchman’s accompanying notes state advertisement on side of delivery van gives price of sugar as 1d. per pound. Postmarked Rochester and Chatham 26 July 1938. DE402/23/p.18 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled The Avenue, Cobham Park comprising view of lime avenue leading from Cobham through Cobham Park to Cobham Hall, probably looking north-east, showing inner path leading away from camera, grass verges and trees in leaf. Published by H. Brothers c.1915 x c.1920 DE402/23/p.19 (left)

Cobham Hall and Park
Photograph of avenue of four rows of lime trees leading from Cobham Hall through Cobham Park to Cobham, looking south-west along path and between inner rows of trees towards Cobham and Cobhambury, showing inner path leading away from camera, outer paths, bench, bare trees, in left middle ground and distance wooden fence, in left distance roofline of Cobhambury and in right middle distance open field adjoining. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to history of avenue. c.1940 DE402/23/p.19 (right)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Entrance to Rhododendron Avenue, Cobham comprising view of road, probably Brewers Road, Shorne, leading away from camera, showing in right foreground finger signpost and receding into distance trees on both sides of road, probably situated in Shorne Wood. Street scene shows in left middle ground pedestrians walking towards camera and in right middle ground farmer accompanied by Jersey cow both also facing camera. On rear, message from Violet (Vi) [?] [-] at 12 Surrey Road, Cliftonville, Margate to Miss L. Phillips, 2 Scarborough Villas, Burham, describing her stay in Margate and looking forward to seeing fashions at a concert. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Series, Rochester. Postmarked Margate 3 September 1910. DE402/23/p.20 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham, Kent. Entrance to Rhododendrons comprising view of road, probably Brewers Road, Shorne, leading away from camera, showing in right foreground finger signpost and receding into distance trees on both sides of road, location probably Shorne Wood. Street scene shows wooden swing barrier over road. On rear, message from a Mr. Jeans to his daughter Miss Jeans, 35 Lebanon (Lebonon) Park, Twickenham, Middlesex, discussing his movements. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Postmarked Gravesend 25 May 1911. DE402/23/p.20 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph comprising view of male stroller in straw boater hat facing camera and standing on path between rhododendron bushes and trees, bushes and trees receding into distance, probably situated in vicinity of Puckle Hill, Brewers Wood, Shorne. On rear, addressed to Miss R. Banfield, The Turret, 74 Streatham High Road, Streatham, London SW by unstated sender. Postmarked Cobham 18 April 1908. DE402/23/p.21(U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Photograph comprising view of woman stroller in calf-length white dress and broad-brimmed hat facing camera and standing on path rhododendron bushes and trees, probably situated in vicinity of Puckle Hill, Brewers Wood, Shorne. Couchman’s accompanying notes identify subject as Mrs. L. Mason, wife of W. Glanvill Mason, of 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham (consulting optician, local historian and guide to Rochester Dickens’ Fellowship.) c.1925 5 ¾” x 3 ¾” (141mm x 94mm) DE402/23/p.21 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled The Rhododendrons, Lord Darnley’s Park, Cobham comprising view of path between rhododendron bushes and trees, bushes and trees receding into distance, probably situated in Shorne Wood or Brewers Wood, Shorne. On rear, message from W. Glanvill Mason to Miss L. (Dot) Moss, c/o Mrs. Mackney, Dudley House, East Hill, Dartford, discussing visiting arrangements. Balmoral Series, published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Postmarked Gillingham 18 April 1914. DE402/23/p.22 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Rhododendron Avenue, Lord Darnley’s Park, Cobham comprising view of fork in paths between rhododendron bushes and trees, bushes and trees receding into distance, probably situated in Shorne Wood or Brewers Wood, Shorne. Path scene shows denizen in peaked cap directing two dapperly dressed male visitors with his walking stick, accompanied by young girl. Noticeboard in bushes states Carriages will wait in the road. Re-touched. On rear, message from W. Glanvill Mason to Miss L. (Dot) Moss, discussing her holiday, landing at Folkestone and stormy weather. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Series, Rochester. Postmarked Rochester 22 August 1911. DE402/23/p.22 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham, Kent, the Lake and Rhododendrons comprising view of fish pond, and surrounding shrubs and trees, probably Old Fish Pond or New Fish Pond, Shorne Wood, Shorne [site of later Inn on the Lake] showing in foreground fish pond and in middle ground and distance shrubs and trees. On rear, message from K. T[-] to Mrs. J.W. Hodges, 71 Hatherley Road, Sidcup, describing journey to Strood and Rochester. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Postmarked Rochester 14 July 1907. DE402/23/p.23 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Photograph of fish pond, probably Old Fish Pond or New Fish Pond, Shorne Wood, Shorne [site of later Inn on the Lake], showing in right fore and middle-ground fish pond, in left foreground pond bank and tree, in middle distance collapsed wooden paling and in distance trees. Photographer possibly W. Glanvill Mason. c.1925 x c.1940 6 3/8” x 4 ½” (162mm x 115mm) DE402/23/p.23 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Photograph of fish pond, probably Old Fish Pond or New Fish Pond, Shorne Wood, Shorne [site of later Inn on the Lake], showing in fore and middle-grounds fish pond and in middle distance and distance rhododendrons and trees. Photographer possibly W. Glanvill Mason. c.1925 5 ¾” x 3 ¾” (141mm x 94mm) DE402/23/p.24 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Photograph of W. Glanvill Mason, of 27 Maidstone Road, Chatham, consulting optician, local historian and guide to Rochester Dickens’ Fellowship, standing on grassy path among rhododendrons and other shrubs probably in Shorne Wood, Shorne, looking to left of camera and holding straw hat in right hand. Photographer possibly Mrs. L. Mason and location as in DE402/23/p.21 (L) above. c.1925 5 ¾” x 3 ¾” (141mm x 94mm) DE402/23/p.24 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Photograph of fish pond, probably Old Fish Pond or New Fish Pond, Shorne Wood, Shorne, showing in fore and middle-grounds fish pond and in middle distance and distance rhododendrons and trees. Photographer possibly W. Glanvill Mason. c.1925 x c.1940 6 3/8” x 4 ½” (162mm x 115mm) DE402/23/p.25 (U)

Cobham Hall and Park
Photograph of corner of fish pond, probably Old Fish Pond or New Fish Pond, Shorne Wood, Shorne, showing in fore and middle-grounds rushes, overhanging birch trees and fish pond and in middle distance and distance rhododendrons and trees. Photographer possibly W. Glanvill Mason. c.1925 x c.1940 6 3/8” x 4 ½” (162mm x 115mm) DE402/23/p.25 (L)

Cobham Hall and Park
Tinted oval print from engraving entitled Park Keeper’s Lodge, Cobham comprising view of west elevation of Thong Lodge, Shorne, looking east, showing in foreground, left to right, lawn and shrubs, driveway leading away from viewer, wooden rail, shrubs and fish pond, in middle ground trees, brick wall and gateway, continuation of wall, clump of trees and pond bank, in middle distance trees in Randall Heath, continuation of driveway, lodge and clump of trees at northern edge of The Burnett. Couchman’s accompanying notes state lodge was designed by the younger Repton. c.1840 DE402/23/p.26

Cobham Hall and Park
Postcard photograph entitled Thong Lodge comprising view of west elevation of Thong Lodge, Shorne, looking east, showing in foreground, left to right, lawn driveway, verge, iron railing and corner of field, in middle ground trees, brick wall and gateway, continuation of wall and lodge and in middle distance and distance, trees forming part of Randall Heath. On rear, message from F. J[-] to Mr. E. Gooding, 107 Alderney Road, Pimlico, London, arranging to meet him. Published by G. Axton, Post Office, Cobham. Postmarked Cobham 4 September 1909. DE402/23/p.27

Cobham Hall and Park
Cutting from Chatham News comprising avertisement place by Cluttons, 3 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury, estate agents, in respect of Thong Lodge, Shorne, for £70,000 freehold. 5 October 1984. DE402/23/p.27A

Cobham High Street
Reproduction of photograph of postcard entitled Leather Bottle Inn, Rochester comprising view of southern elevation and part of western elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to west, showing in left fore and middle grounds Leather Bottle public house, and range of houses beyond including The Darnley Arms public house and on right hand side of road Stone House or College School House and range of houses beyond. Street scene shows beer cart delivering to The Darnley Arms public house several doors up, carriageway and public house signs advertising Meux and Co.’s double stout and porter from G. Smith, Gravesend. Photographer or publisher G.W.W. c.1900 DE402/23/p.28

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham comprising view of southern elevation and part of western elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to west and from opposite side of road, showing in right foreground dwarf wall and hedge, in left middle ground Leather Bottle public house and range of houses beyond including The Darnley Arms public house and on right hand side of road Stone House or College School House and range of houses beyond. Street scene shows carriageway, pedestrians, onlookers and advertisements on front and side of Leather Bottle for ales, stouts, dinners, teas and luncheons. Before 1923 DE402/23/p.29 (U)

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled The Leather Bottle, Cobham comprising view of southern and western elevations of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to west and from opposite side of road, showing in middle distance and distance ranges of houses on each side of road including The Darnley Arms public house on left hand side. Street scene shows carriageway, advertisements on front and side of Leather Bottle for ales, stouts, dinners, teas and luncheons and stone corner guard. On rear, printed extracts from The Pickwick Papers chapter xi pertaining to Pickwickians’ visit to Cobham. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham. c.1910 DE402/23/p.29 (L)

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled The Leather Bottle, Cobham comprising view of southern and western elevations of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to west, showing in middle distance and distance ranges of houses on each side of road including The Darnley Arms public house on left hand side. Street scene shows carriageway, advertisements on front and side of Leather Bottle for ales, stouts, dinners, teas and luncheons and plant tub and buckets. On front and rear, message from C. R[-] to William Glanvill Mason, 8 Ruskin Terrace, Byron Road, New Brompton, sending best wishes. Published by Valentine and published by kind permission of Hallmark International. Postmarked Rochester 12 August 1903. DE402/23/p.30 (U)

Cobham High Street
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Leather Bottle, Cobham, Kent comprising view of southern elevation and part of western elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to west, showing in left middle ground Leather Bottle public house and range of houses beyond including The Darnley Arms public house and on right hand side of road Stone House or College School House and range of houses beyond. Street scene shows carriageway, pedestrians, onlookers, horse-drawn vehicles and advertisements on front and side of Leather Bottle for ales, stouts, dinners, teas and luncheons in Dickens’ Pickwick Room. On rear, message from J.S. and A. [Hopkins?] of 49 Byron Road, Gillingham to J.W. Hodges Esq., 2 Alma Villas, Hatherley Road, Sidcup, sending best wishes. Couchman’s accompanying notes observe there is no inn sign. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Postmarked Gillingham 27 March 1906. DE402/23/p.30 (L)

Cobham High Street
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Ye Olde Pickwick Leather Bottle, Cobham [sic] comprising view of southern elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to east, showing on northern side of road, left to right, brick cottage, entrance to Leather Bottle yard, Leather Bottle public house and adjacent shop and on southern side of road churchyard wall, flight of steps and trees in distance. Street scene shows carriageway, wheel marks, pedestrian and inn signs. On rear, message from Robert (Bob) [-] to E. (Joe) A. Ellis, 6 Burlington Road, Bayswater, London, arranging to meet him at Victoria Railway Station following day and saying he is playing cricket for Meopham day of writing. Published by Hartmann and printed in Saxony, Germany. Postmarked Gravesend 4 August 1906. DE402/23/p.31

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled Leather Bottle, Cobham comprising view of southern elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to east, showing on northern side of road, left to right, brick cottage, entrance to Leather Bottle yard and Leather Bottle public house and on southern side of road trees in distance. Street scene shows carriageway, parked horse-drawn vehicle, beer barrel, bystanders and inn signs. Before 1923 DE402/23/p.32 (U)

Cobham High Street
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Leather Bottle, Cobham, Kent comprising view of southern elevation and part of western elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to west, showing in left middle ground Leather Bottle public house and range of houses beyond including The Darnley Arms public house and on right hand side of road Stone House or College School House and range of houses beyond. Street scene shows carriageway, horse-drawn vehicles and passengers, beer barrels, advertisements on front and side of Leather Bottle for ales, stouts, dinners, teas and luncheons in Dickens’ Pickwick Room and inn signs. Published by Shurey’s Publications and printed by Delittle, Fenwick and Co., York, East Riding, Yorkshire. Before 1923 DE402/23/p.32 (L)

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled Rochester, Old Pickwick comprising view of southern elevation and part of western elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, Cobham, looking from point in High Street slightly to west, showing in left middle ground Leather Bottle public house and range of houses beyond including The Darnley Arms public house and on right hand side of road Stone House or College School House and range of houses beyond. Street scene shows carriageway, ladder on its side, beer barrels, pale, wooden posts at entrance to Leather Bottle yard, advertisements on front and side of Leather Bottle for ales, stouts, dinners, teas and luncheons in Dickens’ Pickwick Room and inn signs. On rear, message from Katie [-] to a Mrs. Hodges, 125 Milton Road, Gravesend, thanking her for hospitality. Postmarked Rochester 30 August 1916 DE402/23/p.33 (U)

Cobham High Street
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Dickens’ Old Leather Bottle Inn, Cobham comprising view of southern elevation and part of western elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to west, showing in left middle ground Leather Bottle public house and range of houses beyond including The Darnley Arms public house and on right hand side of road Stone House or College School House and range of houses beyond. Street scene shows carriageway, children and women bystanders, advertisements on front and side of Leather Bottle for ales, stouts, dinners, teas and luncheons in Dickens’ Pickwick Room and inn signs. On rear, message from Edith (Edie) [-] to her brother Percival (Percy) [-] describing family visits, holiday arrangements and mentioning sending of Graham [-] to Clifton College, Bristol. Published by F. Welch and Sons, Portsmouth, Hampshire and printed in Belgium. Dated 28 September [1907?] Couchman’s accompanying notes suggest the year is either 1907 or 1912 but he gives no supporting evidence. Couchman’s notes also draw attention to presence of billiards notice. DE402/23/p.33 (L)

Cobham High Street
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Dickens’ Old Pickwick Leather Bottle Inn, Cobham comprising view of southern elevation of public house looking from point in High Street slightly to west, showing in left middle ground Leather Bottle public house and range of houses beyond and on right hand side of road range of houses. Street scene shows carriageway, girl with perambulator, two dismounted cyclists with bicycles, parked motor car and two occupants and group of men onlookers, all looking at camera, advertisements on front and side of Leather Bottle for ales, stouts, dinners, teas and luncheons in Dickens’ Pickwick Room and inn signs. Couchman’s accompanying notes state the Leather Bottle was built c.1692 [sic] and is mentioned in Charles Dickens’ works Pickwick Papers and The Uncommercial Traveller Published by W. Naylar, 212 High Street, Rochester and printed in Saxony, Germany. c.1910 DE402/23/p.34

Cobham High Street
Copy of photograph of southern elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to east, showing on northern side of road, left to right, brick cottage, entrance to Leather Bottle yard, Leather Bottle public house and adjacent house and on southern side of road trees in distance. Street scene shows carriageway, women pedestrians, motor vehicle heading away from camera, steps leading from road, clump of trees and inn signs. Fire insurance plaques are visible on first storey of house to right of public house. 6 ¼” x 4 ½” (158mm x 115mm) c.1923 x c.1924 DE402/23/p.35

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled Leather Bottle, Cobham comprising view of southern elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house looking from point in High Street slightly to east, showing on northern side of road, left to right, brick cottage, open-sided lean-to, entrance to Leather Bottle yard and Leather Bottle public house and on southern side of road trees in distance. Street scene shows carriageway, parked motor van, inn signs, Automobile Association (AA) sign and public house beer cellar cover. Couchman’s accompanying notes date the public house to late 14th. Century and describe restoration work undertaken by John Russell of Russell’s Brewery, Gravesend, 1923-1925. Exposure dated 24 April 1937. DE402/23/p.36

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled The Leather Bottle, Cobham comprising view of western elevation of Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Street, Cobham, showing half timbered building with gables and tiled, pitched roofs, motorcycle and side car parked in yard and signs advertising Shrimp brand beers. On rear, message from D. [-] to her husband or sweetheart Aircraftman C. Watters 1499417, Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Neatishead, Norwich, Norfolk, looking forward to meeting and sending love and kisses. Postmarked 4 May [?] 1942. DE402/23/p.37

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled Ye Old Pickwick Leather Bottle, Cobham comprising view of southern and western elevations of public house, looking from point on opposite side of High Street and slightly to west, showing left to right on north side of road, corner of brick cottage, entrance to yard, public house and two houses to east. Street scene shows carriageway, piles of tiles and planks in yard, beer cellar trapdoor raised and man entering house two doors up. Photographer: A.E. Ash After 1923 DE402/23/p.38

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled The Dickens Room, Leather Bottle, Cobham comprising view of interior of parlour in Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Street, Cobham, comprising diagonal view of room containing leafed table, wooden chairs, piano, patterned carpet, table wares, long case clock, fireplace with ceramic tiles, walls hung with Dickensiana and ceiling of plaster and wooden beams. On rear, descriptive text with quotation from Pickwick Papers chapter xi by Charles Dickens, referring to meeting of Pickwick, Snodgrass and Winkle with Tupman. Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham. c.1910 DE402/23/p.39 (U)

Cobham High Street
Tinted postcard photograph entitled The Dickens Room, Leather Bottle, Cobham comprising diagonal view of interior of parlour in Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Street, Cobham, showing room containing leafed table, wooden chairs, piano, patterned carpet, table wares, long case clock, fireplace with ceramic tiles, mantelpiece, walls hung with Dickensiana and ceiling of plaster and wooden beams. On rear, message from Ja[-?] F[-] to H.G. Harper Esq., The Grand Hotel, Cromer, Norfolk, apologising for not visiting and complaining about effect of squally weather on flowers and fruit. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Street, Cobham. Postmarked London EC 2 September 1908. DE402/23/p.39 (L)

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled Pickwick Room, Leather Bottle, Cobham, Kent comprising longitudinal view of interior of parlour in Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Street, Cobham, showing room containing leafed table, card table, oval tables, wooden chairs, piano, patterned carpet, table wares, long case clock, fireplace with ceramic tiles, window, walls hung with Dickensiana and ceiling of plaster and wooden beams. Published by W.T. Munns of Gravesend, Kent, photographer. c.1910 DE402/23/p.40 (U)

Cobham High Street
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Dickens Pickwick Room, Cobham comprising diagonal view of interior of parlour in Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Street, Cobham, showing room containing leafed table, wooden chairs, piano, patterned carpet, table wares, opened book, long case clock, brick fireplace, mantelpiece, walls hung with Dickensiana and ceiling. Published by F. Welch and Sons, Portsmouth, Hampshire and printed in Belgium. c.1907 DE402/23/p.40 (L)

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled Tea Room, Leather Bottle, Cobham, Kent comprising diagonal view of room in Leather Bottle public house, High Street, Cobham, showing leaf table and chairs, small dining table, coat and hat stand, brick and timber lintel fireplace, logs, opposite wall hung in Dickensiana, plaster and wooden beam ceiling and electrolier. Published by W.T. Munns of Gravesend, Kent, photographer. c.1910 DE402/23/p.41 (U)

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled The Lounge, Leather Bottle, Cobham, Kent comprising diagonal view of room in Leather Bottle public house, High Street, Cobham, showing floor rug, floorboards, tables, chairs, small fireplace, windows, opposite wall hung in Dickensiana, plaster and wooden beam ceiling, long case clock and side room. Published by W.T. Munns of Gravesend, Kent, photographer. c.1910 DE402/23/p.41 (L)

Cobham High Street
Postcard photograph entitled Rose Cottage, Cobham, Kent comprising view of two storey house at junction of High Street and Halfpence Lane, Cobham, looking north from point opposite inside corner of bend, showing in foreground carriageway and water hydrant and stop valve signs, in middle ground wooden boundary fence, garden, two women occupiers looking at camera, shrubs, tree and house and in distance second cottage in Halfpence Lane and trees. Published by J. Frith and Co. Ltd., Reigate, Surrey and printed in Saxony, Germany. Pre-1914 DE402/23/p.42

Cobham Church
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham Church comprising view of northern elevation of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, High Street, Cobham, looking south-west from point in High Street slightly to east, showing in foreground part of carriageway, churchyard wall of brick and flint and wooden gates, in middle ground churchyard, memorial to 6th. Earl of Darnley, headstones, other memorials and church path, in middle distance church and trees and in right distance clump of trees. Published by Photocrom Co. Ltd., London. c.1905 DE402/23/p.43 (U)

Cobham Church
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham Church, near Gravesend comprising view of northern elevation of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, High Street, Cobham, looking south-west from point in High Street slightly to east, showing in foreground part of carriageway, churchyard wall of brick and flint and wooden gates, in middle ground churchyard, memorial to 6th. Earl of Darnley, headstones, other memorials and church path, in middle distance church and trees and in right distance clump of trees. From same negative as DE402/23/p.43 (U) above. Couchman draws the reader’s attention to the fact Cobham is associated with Gravesend in the caption. On rear, dated 25 July 1905 in MS, presumed date of visit and purchase by original purchaser. DE402/23/p.43 (L)

Cobham Church
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham Church, Kent comprising view of northern elevation of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, High Street, Cobham, looking south-west from south side of High Street, showing in foreground top of churchyard wall and part of wooden gate, in middle ground churchyard, memorial to 6th. Earl of Darnley, headstones, other memorials, tree and church path, in middle distance church and in right distance tree. On rear, message from Alice Wood to her mother Mrs. Wood, 87 King Street, Gillingham, concerning work vacation arrangements. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Postmarked Herne [?] Bay 25 August 1907 DE402/23/p.44 (U)

Cobham Church
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham Church comprising view of northern elevation of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, High Street, Cobham, looking south-west from south side of High Street, showing in foreground churchyard wall of brick and flint and wooden gates, in middle ground churchyard, memorial to 6th. Earl of Darnley, headstones, other memorials, clump of trees and church path, in middle distance church and in right distance second clump of trees. Published by Hartmann and printed in Saxony, Germany. c.1905 DE402/23/p.44 (L)

Cobham Church
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Church comprising view of northern elevation of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, High Street, Cobham, looking south-south-west from south side of High Street, showing in foreground churchyard wall of brick and flint and wooden gates, in middle ground churchyard, memorial to 6th. Earl of Darnley, headstones, other memorials, tree and church path, in middle distance church and in right distance clump of trees. On rear, message from Violet [-] to Mrs. Florence (Florrie) Loweth, 51 Bedford Road, Clapham Road, Clapham, London, discussing visiting arrangements and mentioning a week spent in Strood. Published by H. Brothers. Postmarked Leyton, London 7 October 1914. DE402/23/45 (U)

Cobham Church
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham Church comprising view of northern elevation of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, High Street, Cobham, looking south-south-west from south side of High Street, showing in foreground churchyard wall of brick and flint and wooden gates, in middle ground churchyard, memorial to 6th. Earl of Darnley, headstones, other memorials, tree and church path, in middle distance church and in right distance clump of trees. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham with accompanying printed descriptions of architecture, churchyard and quotations from The Pickwick Papers chapter xi pertaining to visit to churchyard by Pickwick and Tupman. DE402/23/p.45 (L)

Cobham Church
Postcard photograph entitled The Chancel, Cobham Church comprising interior view of chancel looking south-east, showing in foreground parts of memorial brasses, in middle ground step to chancel, alabaster and black marble monument to and recumbent effigies of Sir George Brooke, Lord Cobham and his wife Anne and their 14 children, surrounded by iron railing and altar rail, to rear east wall and in south wall piscina and sedilia. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham with accompanying printed descriptions of architecture and notes on Lord Cobham’s funerary armour. c.1912 DE402/23/p.46 (U)

Cobham Church
Tinted postcard photograph entitled The Chancel, Cobham Church comprising interior view of chancel looking south-east, showing in right foreground parts of memorial brasses, in middle ground step to chancel, alabaster and black marble monument to and recumbent effigies of Sir George Brooke, Lord Cobham and his wife Anne and their 14 children, surrounded by iron railing, and altar rail, to rear east wall and in south wall piscina and sedilia. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham with accompanying printed description of Lord Cobham’s monument. Published by S.H. and Co. Ltd. and printed in Germany. c.1910 DE402/23/p.46 (L)

Cobham College
Postcard photograph entitled Part of the Ancient Priory, Cobham College [sic] comprising view of round-headed doorway in south wall of south court looking from point outside and to south of south wall and looking through arch along path towards opposite courtyard wall, showing in foreground grassy area, in middle ground wall, arch and inscription tablet, in middle distance grassy courtyard and woman walking away from camera and in distance opposite wall of courtyard. On front and rear, printed descriptions of Sir John de Cobham and Sir William Brooke, Lord Cobham’s architectural work in c.1370 and 1598 respectively giving transcription of inscription over doorway pertaining to latter. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham. c.1910 DE402/23/p.47 (U)

Cobham College
Postcard photograph entitled Quadrangle, College Almshouses, Cobham comprising view of northern quadrangle of Cobham College looking north-west from south south-eastern corner of quadrangle, showing in foreground path and lawn, in middle ground north range of almshouses and in distance tower of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church and tree tops. On rear, printed references to or quotations from The Pickwick Papers and The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Street, Cobham. c.1910 DE402/23/p.47 (L)

Cobham College
Postcard photograph entitled Corner of Cobham College comprising reproduction of pencil or charcoal drawing of north-west corner of northern quadrangle of Cobham College, looking north-west from point on lawn to south-east, showing in foreground lawn and path, in middle ground junction of northern and western ranges and in distance tower of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church and tree tops. On rear, message from Thomas (Tom) [Fletcher] of 189 The Tideway, Rochester to Mr. C.G. Appleton, 12 Temple Gardens, Cuxton Road, Strood, offering his apologies for not being able to attend a club following day. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to history of college 1362-1598. Published by West Kent Federation of Women’s Institutes. c.1950 Reproduced by kind permission of West Kent Federation of Women’s Institutes, 64 College Road, Maidstone. DE402/23/p.48

Cobham College
Postcard photograph entitled Quaint Timber Porch, College Almshouses, Cobham comprising view of entrance porch and steps on south side of north quadrangle of Cobham College, Cobham, showing grass area in foreground grassy area and woman with two pales climbing staircase and in middle ground tiled porch, creepers on wall and perpendicular style window. On rear, printed notes about refectory or dining hall. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham. c.1910 DE402/23/p.49 (U)

Cobham College
Reproduction of photograph entitled Porch at the South-Eastern Entrance to the New College comprising view of entrance porch and steps on south side of north quadrangle of Cobham College, Cobham, showing in foreground grassy area and in middle ground tiled porch, cat lying on steps, creepers on wall and perpendicular style window. Photographer: E.C. Youens. c.1920 DE402/23/p.49 (L)

Cobham College
Tinted postcard photograph entitled The Old Gateway, Cobham College comprising view of south elevation of southern range of northern quadrangle of Cobham College, Cobham, looking north-west from position to east of old southern quadrangle, showing in foreground hedge, wooden gate and path, in middle ground grassy area and bushes and in middle distance, left to right, southern range or refectory block with brick and wooden entrance porches and eastern range of northern quadrangle. Published by Hartmann c.1905 and printed in Saxony, Germany. DE402/23/p.50 (U)

Cobham College
Photograph of south elevation of southern range of northern quadrangle of Cobham College, Cobham, looking north-west from position to east of old southern quadrangle, showing in foreground grassy area and path and in background refectory block with brick and wooden entrance porches and linen drying on washing line. Mason Collection. 6 ¼” x 4 ½” (160mm x 116mm) c.1940 DE402/23/p.50 (L)

Cobham College
Postcard photograph entitled Scenes from Rural Life: Rear Entrance to Refectory, Cobham comprising view of labourer standing against wooden pillar of dilapidated entrance porch at south-eastern corner of southern range of northern quadrangle of Cobham College, subject wearing peaked cloth cap and looking at camera, his carrying bag and walking stick propped against same pillar and woman companion sitting on steps inside porch, also looking at camera. Also showing path, dislodged masonry and tiled roof of porch. Photographer: Miss Gertrude Rogers of Riverhill House, Sevenoaks. Published by Kent County Libraries and printed by Kent County Council Supplies Department. Original exposed 1861 or 1871 * [Reproduced 1986.] DE402/23/p.51

[* The date 1871 printed on the rear of the card may be a mis-print.]

Cobham College
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Cobham College Alms Houses comprising view of north-western corner of northern quadrangle of Cobham College, showing in foreground path, sundial and lawns, in middle ground junction of southern and western ranges and doorway into northern range and in distance tree top. Quadrangle scene shows three residents looking at camera. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. c.1905 DE402/23/p.52 (U)

Cobham College
Postcard photograph entitled Quadrangle, College Almshouses, Cobham comprising view of north-west corner of northern quadrangle of Cobham College looking north-west, showing in foreground path and lawns, in middle ground junction of northern and western ranges of almshouses, chimney stacks and doorway into northern range and in distance tree tops and tower of St. Mary Magdalene’s church. Published for the Pickwick Leather Bottle public house, High Steet, Cobham. On rear, accompanying printed references to or quotations from The Pickwick Papers and The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens. c.1910 DE402/23/p.52 (L)

Cobham College
Photograph of doorway in northern range of almshouses, Cobham College, looking north from point at western edge of quadrangle lawn towards doorway, showing in foreground lawn, path and plant stands, in middle ground arched doorway at western end of southern elevation of northern range of almshouses and in distance through doorway steps leading to processional path and southern wall of church. [Mason Collection ?] 3 ½” x 3 ½” (89mm x 89mm) c.1938 DE402/23/p.53 (U)

Cobham College
Photograph of north-west corner of northern quadrangle Cobham College of Cobham College looking north-west, showing in foreground path and lawns, in middle ground junction of northern and western ranges of almshouses, flower beds, chimney stacks and doorway into northern range and in distance tree tops and tower of St. Mary Magdalene’s church. [Mason Collection ?] 3 ½” x 3 ½” (89mm x 89mm) c.1938 DE402/23/p.53 (L)

Cobham College
Photograph of western elevation of western range of almshouses at Cobham College, looking north-east from adjacent field, showing in foreground allotments, in right middle ground almshouses and in left distance tower of St. Mary Magdalene’s church. [Mason Collection ?] 3 ½” x 3 ½” (89mm x 89mm) c.1938 DE402/23/p.54 (U)

Cobham College
Photograph of processional path between St. Mary Magdalene’s church and Cobham College, looking east along path from position near entrance to northern quadrangle, showing in fore and middle grounds, left to right, part of southern elevation of church, long grass, path, weeds and north elevation of northern range of almshouses, in middle distance archway and in left distance tree. [Mason Collection ?] 3 ½” x 3 ½” (89mm x 89mm) c.1938 DE402/23/p.54 (L)

Cobham College
Photograph of south-western corner of northern quadrangle of Cobham College looking south-west from north-eastern corner of quadrangle, showing in foreground lawns, path, sundial and in middle ground junction of southern and western ranges of almshouses. [Mason Collection ?] 3 ½” x 3 ½” (89mm x 89mm) c.1938 DE402/23/p.55 (U)

Cobham College
Photograph of south-western entrance to northern quadrangle of Cobham College looking north from eastern side of former southern quadrangle, showing in foreground grassy area, overhanging tree, path and bushes and in middle ground southern elevation and south-western entrance porch of refectory block. [Mason Collection ?] 3 ½” x 3 ½” (89mm x 89mm) c.1938 DE402/23/p.55 (L)

Cobham College
Postcard photograph entitled Scenes from Rural Life: The College, Cobham comprising full-length study of young girl wearing bonnet and coarse calf-length dress, holding wicker basket in left hand, leaning against side of arched doorway and looking at ground to left of camera. Photographer: Miss Gertrude Rogers of Riverhill House, Sevenoaks. Published by Kent County Libraries and printed by Kent County Council Supplies Department. Original exposed 1861 [Reproduced 1986.] DE402/23/p.56

Cobham College
Postcard photograph entitled Scenes from Rural Life: Conversation Piece, The College, Cobham comprising study of group of four male residents of almshouses in north-west corner of northern quadrangle of Cobham College, looking north-west from corner of quadrangle, showing in foreground corner of lawn, path, plant stands and resident sitting on bench against wall, holding broom in left hand with wicker basket containing garden produce at his feet and in middle ground companions standing in doorway, centre figure holding hand basket and looking towards seated figure and others looking at camera, one smoking pipe. Photographer: Miss Gertrude Rogers of Riverhill House, Sevenoaks. Published by Kent County Libraries and printed by Kent County Council Supplies Department. Original exposed 1861 [Reproduced 1986.] DE402/23/p.57

Cobham College
Postcard photograph entitled Scenes from Rural Life: Teatime, Cobham College comprising study of woman resident sitting reading in vaulted alcove at corner of almshouses and wearing bodice, one-piece dress with sleeves, bonnet and over-skirt pinned at front, showing in left foreground round table, tray, teapot, cup and saucer and on flagstones wicker linen basket and in background two arched doorways, mullioned window and broom resting against wall. Photographer: Miss Gertrude Rogers of Riverhill House, Sevenoaks. Published by Kent County Libraries and printed by Kent County Council Supplies Department. Original exposed 1861 [Reproduced 1986.] DE402/23/p.58

Cobham Village and Environs
Postcard photograph entitled Scenes from Rural Life: Girl at the Well, Cobham Farmyard comprising study of group of three farm workers sitting or kneeling in farm yard probably at Cobhambury or Lodge Farm, showing in foreground wagon wheel propped against low wall, paint pot, second low brick wall and garment, in middle ground disabled male youth sitting on ledge with two crutches under his right arm and platform shoe on left foot, old man sitting on chair and holding walking stick and wearing neckerchief, young woman in sleeved long dress and bonnet kneeling to their rear and in background well and two stone buildings with thatched or tiled roofs, one with open door and other with ladder hung from eves. Photographer: Miss Gertrude Rogers of Riverhill House, Sevenoaks. Published by Kent County Libraries and printed by Kent County Council Supplies Department. Original exposed 1861 [Reproduced 1986.] DE402/23/p.59

Cobham Village and Environs
Receipted bill from W.W. Walker of Cobham, carpenter, wheelwright and undertaker to Mr. [R.G.] Gowar [of Darnley Arms public house, High Street, Cobham] for house carpentry. 30 September 1909, settled 11 November 1909. DE402/23/p.60

Cobham Village and Environs
Receipted bill from William Purfield of Cobham, family grocer, provision merchant and general draper to R.G. Gowar [of Darnley Arms public house, High Street, Cobham] for binding and matting, 20 October 1909. DE402/23/p.61

Cobham Village and Environs
Receipted bill from J. Wood of Cobham, shoeing and general smith to R.G. Gowar [of Darnley Arms public house, High Street, Cobham] for shoeing and removes. Heading includes illustration of smith shoeing horse. 31 December 1909, settled 10 January 1910. DE02/23/p.62Cobham Village and Environs
Receipted bill from J. Wood of Cobham, shoeing and general smith to the executors of late R.G. Gowar [of Darnley Arms public house, High Street, Cobham] for shoes, removes and repairs to coal scuttle. Heading includes illustration of smith shoeing horse. 30 May 1910, settled 15 June 1910. DE402/23/63

Cobham Village and Environs
Receipted bill from Ashton and Roberts of 1-2 Gower’s Walk, London E., cigar merchants and importers, to R.G. Gowar [of Darnley Arms public house, High Street, Cobham] for Red Seal cigars and carriage by South Eastern Railway to Sole Street Railway Station, Cobham. 18 October 1909. DE402/23/p.64

Cobham Village and Environs
Postcard photograph entitled The Owletts, Cobham comprising view of southern elevation of Owletts looking north-east from northern end of The Rookery, showing in foreground iron railing and High Street, in middle ground brick boundary wall of Owletts and trees and shrubs and in middle distance 5 bay, two storey house. On rear, message from [??] W[-?] to Mr. R. Wood, 4 Gabriel Terrace, Hextable, Swanley discussing travel arrangements. Couchman’s accompanying notes relate history of site, ownership from Bonham Hayes in 1684 to the National Trust in 1938 and origin of name, from an occupier named Howlett or Howet. Published by William Purfield, Cobham. Postmarked Gravesend 22 August 1911. DE402/23/p.65

Cobham Village and Environs
Tinted postcard photograph entitled The Mount, Cobham comprising view of group of buildings looking west from clearing or field in Ashenbank Wood, showing in foreground lawn or field and pile of cut grass, in middle ground manor house, fence, small trees and three bystanders, in right middle distance brick cottage or outbuilding and in distance western side of Ashenbank Wood. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to mention in Domesday Book 1087, surviving rentals of 1634 and 1649, acquisition by Earls of Darnley in late 18th. century and use by their head keepers from 1892. Published by Hartmann and printed in Saxony, Germany. c.1905 DE402/23/p.66 (U)

Cobham Village and Environs
Postcard photograph entitled Cobham, Kent: Meadow House comprising view of group of buildings looking north-north-east from field, showing in foreground field and tree, in middle ground iron fence and shrubs, in middle distance western pavilion with pedimented gable and five bay house of two storeys and in distance and at flanks, Scots Pines. On rear, brief message from Ida [-] to Miss E. Haynes, 19 Ossington Street, Bayswater, London. Published by DB Ltd. Postmarked Gravesend 9 July 1906. DE402/23/p.66 (L)

Cobham Village and Environs
Tinted postcard photograph entitled The Mount Woods, Cobham comprising view of silver birch trees in Ashenbank Wood, showing in foreground bluebells, in middle ground clump of birches and in middle distance and distance other mature trees coming into leaf. On rear, brief message from unstated sender to Miss H. Godden, Trosley, Pembroke Road, Erith. Published by Hartmann and printed in Saxony, Germany. Dated 23 June 1906 in MS and postmarked Cobham and Gravesend 24 June 1906. Couchman’s accompanying notes erroneously state 1908. DE402/23/p.67 (left)

Cobham Village and Environs
Tinted postcard photograph entitled Fairy Dell, Cobham Woods, near Rochester comprising view of group of men, women and youths standing at side of fish pond in wooded surroundings, location possibly either New Fish Pond or Old Fish Pond at Brices Plantation, Shorne Wood, showing in foreground clearing and pond bank, in middle ground group of bystanders and trees and in distance far bank of pond and woods. On rear, message from Auntie [-] to Miss L. Atkins, 106 Ivydale Road, Nunhead, London SE, suggesting scene as suitable site for picnic. Couchman notes the postmark is a special one. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Series, Rochester. Postmarked Rainham 25 February 1907. DE402/23/p.67 (right)

Cobham Village and Environs
Postcard photograph entitled Park Pale, Cobham [i.e. Shorne] comprising view of clearing in Cobham Park, probably in vicinity of Peggy Taylor's Hill [site of later Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Course], showing in foreground field, in middle ground grazing deer and clump of trees, in middle distance edge of field and footpath and in distance woodland and walkers. On rear, message from Vera [-] to a Mr. Owen, 54 Eva Road, Gillingham, thanking auntie for post card and sending love and kisses. Couchman’s accompanying notes tentatively identify footpath as FP161 and express caution with identification of view as Park Pale. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Series, Rochester. Postmarked Rochester 18 August 1915. DE402/23/p.68

Cobham Village and Environs
Composite postcard photograph entitled Greetings from Cobham comprising clockwise eastern elevation of Rose Cottage, Halfpence Lane looking west from road leading to Lodge Farm and showing junction of High Street and Halfpence Lane, north elevation of Cobham Church from High Street, Pickwick Leather Bottle public house from High Street to west, southern elevation of south wing of Cobham Hall looking north-east from edge of South Pleasure Grounds and in centre avenue of lime trees leading from Cobham Hall through Cobham Park to Cobham. Before 1923. DE402/23/p.69 (U)

Cobham Village and Environs
Composite postcard photograph entitled Christmas Greetings from Cobham comprising ten views, clockwise, High Street in front of churchyard looking west and showing Pickwick Leather Bottle public house on right, view of west elevation of Cobham hall looking east from West Park, Cobham Woods, The Darnley Arms public house, High Street, Cobham looking east from High Street, Cobham Church and Cobham College from field to south-west, south elevation of Owletts, High Street, Cobham, south elevation of south wing, Cobham Hall, looking north across South Pleasure Grounds, The Old Ship Inn, High Street, Cobham, Cobhambury, Cobham and Cobham Park showing deer and cattle grazing. c.1912 DE402/23/p.69

Cobham Village and Environs
Postcard photograph entitled St. Thomas’s Well, Cobham comprising view of two storeyed and partly timer framed building with gable, looking south-east from highway verge adjoining Horsepond Lane and slightly to west, showing in foreground highway verge and well, in middle ground tree, wooden palings and sign advertising teas, in right middle distance house and in left middle distance and distance trees in Ashenbank Wood. On rear, message from W. Glanvill Mason to Miss L. (Dot) Moss, c/o Mrs. Mackney, Dudley House, East Hill, Dartford, describing a train journey and hoping her cold is better. Couchman's accompanying notes state well was reputedly used by pilgrims travelling to Canterbury. Published by H. Brothers. Postmarked Rochester 11 January 1915. DE402/23/p.70 (U)

Cobham Village and Environs
Postcard photograph entitled St. Thomas’ Well, Cobham comprising view of two storeyed and partly timer framed building with gable, looking south-east from highway verge adjoining Horsepond Lane (section of original Watling Street) and slightly to west, showing in foreground part of Horsepond Lane, highway verge and well, in middle ground tree and wooden palings, in right middle distance house and outbuilding and in left middle distance and distance trees in Ashenbank Wood. Balmoral Series, published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton and printed in Saxony, Germany. c.1910 DE402/23/p.70 (L)

File updated by Borough Archivist 10 December 2004.

Date: c.1800-1986
Quantity: 1 volume/70pp.
Result number 15 - Please quote Reference: Unofficial_Series_Collections/U0565_F734 on request slip.

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Ordnance Survey Map
Army Manoeuvre Map covering Birmingham, Warwickshire, Worcester, Worcestershire, Hereford, Herefordshire and Ludlow, Shropshire.
Scale: ½ inch to 1 mile.

Date: 1914
Quantity: 1 item
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Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

U1502

Prints of Rochester, late 18th. century - early 19th. century

Deposited by Mrs. E.A.B. Barnard per B.G. Cox, the Almonry Museum, Abbey Gate, Evesham, per Worcestershire County Council, 4 January 1970
The Evesham Town Council website contains information on and images of the Almonry: click here

Listed by D. Gibson January 1970.

Re-listed for CityArk Phase II by Borough Archivist, Medway Council 11 December 2000.

Date: N/A
Quantity: N/A
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Prints of Rochester Castle, Cathedral and Bridge, late 18th. century and early 19th. century.

Print taken from engraving depicting view of Rochester Castle viewed from bridge approach road, Strood, looking along the road towards Rochester Castle and Satis House and showing the bridge approach ballustrade, iron lamps standards and houses abutting the bridge approach. Captioned Rochester Castle and Bridge, county of Kent, drawn by W. Hamper and engraved by J. Basire. Source: Gentleman's Magazine July 1809, plate I, p.601

A pencil annotation suggests the source as or makes aconnection with Transactions of Worcestershire Archaeological Society volume viii p.72 [sic].

Date: 1809
Quantity: 7 3/4" x 4 1/2" (195mm x 115mm)
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