25 May 2010

Stoke Photos, Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre (MALSC)

Special thanks go to the Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre (MALSC), who have published these photographs on their website. Their site contains many historic images of Medway, but they have a particularly interesting batch for Stoke. To view all MALSC photographs, click this link.

The first photograph is of the Choir at the Church of St Peter & St Paul in Upper Stoke, taken in approximately 1905. Unfortunately, the names of those photographed are not known, but MALSC are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information (as indeed am I). MALSC can be emailed by clicking here.

The next photograph was taken in approximately 1900 and, as well as the Windmill in the background, shows Forge House on Cuckolds Green Road in Lower Stoke. I don't know if the 'forge' (as opposed to Forge House) is the wooden hut / building on the left but, according to the 1891 census, my Great-Grandfather (Herbert Watson) worked for a Blacksmith in Lower Stoke - he was just 16 years old at the time! The 1891 census lists Herbert and his parents living at School Hill. Their neighbours were the Stratford family (also related) and they had a lodger called Reginald Filmer.  

Again, many thanks to Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre for the use of these photographs.  Pleae visit their main website.