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epw013282 ENGLAND (1925). The Short Brothers coach-building factory on the River Medway, Rochester, 1925

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Title [EPW013282] The Short Brothers coach-building factory on the River Medway, Rochester, 1925
Reference EPW013282
Date June-1925
Link
Place name ROCHESTER
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 573564, 167648
Longitude / Latitude 0.49437614645979, 51.380810405648
National Grid Reference TQ736676

Pins

Tower Fort on the Esplanade (below Fort Clarence) demolished c 1940 on the extension of the Shorts Factory.

I in the sky
Thursday 2nd of May 2019 07:59:55 PM
Fort Clarence Rochester

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Friday 25th of July 2014 03:03:07 PM
Fort Clarence Rochester

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Friday 25th of July 2014 03:03:03 PM
remains of Quarry cement works

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Tuesday 4th of February 2014 09:22:55 PM
remains of Beehive cement works

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Tuesday 4th of February 2014 09:22:09 PM
remains of Beaver cement works

Dylan Moore
Tuesday 4th of February 2014 09:21:07 PM
Is this an interest example of pre-planning permission development? "I wish to build a house on a piece of your field.... you can name the price!" The trouble probably started when the next fellow wanted to do the same thing and so reduce the splendid isolation of the first house.

Maurice
Thursday 2nd of May 2013 06:15:05 PM
Hi Maurice,



Remarkable isn't it! And what about access? Looks like the owner had to march along the riverside to get to and from home...



Katy

Katy Whitaker
Friday 3rd of May 2013 09:55:44 AM
Crown cement plant

Dylan Moore
Friday 8th of March 2013 02:57:48 PM

Moss
Friday 14th of December 2012 10:41:20 AM
Rochester Cathedral

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Tuesday 26th of June 2012 11:53:37 PM
Rochester Castle

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Tuesday 26th of June 2012 11:48:31 PM

User Comment Contributions

Hullo! Interesting isn't it - whilst continuing with flying boat design and construction, one of Short's responses to the post-WWI aircraft industry slump was to diversify into coach and tram body building. They were doing this at the time of this photo and Graces Guide has some great images of the factory interiors and contemporary bus advertising: http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Short_Brothers_(Rochester_and_Bedford). This seems to have been so significant a part of the business by the late 1930s that the Ordnance Survey even named the buildings as coach building works on its 1:2500 sheet published in 1938.



Neverthless, Shorts are of course best known for flying boats. Perhaps a better caption for this image would be something like "The Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) Ltd premises on the River Medway..."; what do you think?



Yours, Katy

Britain from Above Cataloguing Team Leader



Katy Whitaker
Thursday 2nd of May 2013 05:23:05 PM
aircraft not coach building, they built flying boats there

Simonsaorsa
Tuesday 12th of March 2013 09:20:05 PM
This is Shorts flying boat factorty not coach building.

jamie
Sunday 1st of July 2012 10:10:38 AM