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The Poolway, Kent's Moat.

#1 by Voltman , Mon May 26, 2014 11:38 pm

I found a photo of the Poolway recently, unfortunately, during last weeks hard drive clean up I seem to have lost the photo.

I don't think I ever went there until the late sixties and I don't remember it looking like it does in this photo.

The first thing I noticed is that there seems to be a road from the Meadway that goes up the middle of the shopping centre. This would explain the wide pavement between the shops and the bulbous shape at the end, presumably where there was a roundabout for the cars to turn or perhaps it turned right at the top and out onto Sheldon Heath Road.
I also notice a lack of flats above the shops, one of which is Axford's Newsagents but not the one that took over the Gas Board showrooms.

If anyone has any memories, or better still any photo's, of The Poolway please post them here.


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#2 by Sheldonboy , Tue May 27, 2014 7:12 am

No Volty there was never a road going up between the shops.it was pedestrianised from new. Built around 1960 I think.


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#3 by berniew , Tue May 27, 2014 9:39 am

Here's a pic from 2006 of the Poolway and one of Phil's from 1964

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#4 by Voltman , Tue May 27, 2014 9:54 am

I have the 1964 shot but I wasn't too concerned about the lack of a road, or the two story shops, because the photo I have lost was dated early 50s.
Assuming SB is correct, this now raises some problems with said photo, leading me to believe it may have been mis-named.
That said, an aerial view of the Poolway clearly shows a road exiting at the rear of the centre and a road sized difference in the surface throughout the pedestrian area towards the Meadway. As does Bernies 2006 photo.

F & H Axfords, newsagents, appears to have started in 1960.
The Poolway appears to have started more or less the way it is now.
The Axfords shop, on the corner, was a gas showroom before it was a newsagents, meaning they were elsewhere in 1960.

I will have to search for the photo using other possible locations.


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#5 by Voltman , Tue May 27, 2014 10:23 am

Here's a good write up of the birth of the blocks of flats at the Poolway, fitting in with SB's date of 1960.
http://ukhousing.wikia.com/wiki/Meadway


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#6 by berniew , Tue May 27, 2014 10:30 am

I've worked on those flats quite a few times great to rewire but nofines the sort of dry concrete mix they were made from was a poor building material , quite a lot of places around Greenvale Avenue were built with it too , lots of damp

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#7 by berniew , Tue May 27, 2014 10:34 am

I remember a bloke getting stuck in the window of his daughters flat , after a visit to the boozer and he froze to death . His daughter was out and he thought he would climb through a very small window , I'm pretty sure he was from Manor Road

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#8 by Sheldonboy , Tue May 27, 2014 1:19 pm

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #4
I have the 1964 shot but I wasn't too concerned about the lack of a road, or the two story shops, because the photo I have lost was dated early 50s.
Assuming SB is correct, this now raises some problems with said photo, leading me to believe it may have been mis-named.
That said, an aerial view of the Poolway clearly shows a road exiting at the rear of the centre and a road sized difference in the surface throughout the pedestrian area towards the Meadway. As does Bernies 2006 photo.

F & H Axfords, newsagents, appears to have started in 1960.
The Poolway appears to have started more or less the way it is now.
The Axfords shop, on the corner, was a gas showroom before it was a newsagents, meaning they were elsewhere in 1960.

I will have to search for the photo using other possible locations.


SB is right.


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RE: The Poolway, Kent's Moat.

#9 by Sheldonboy , Tue May 27, 2014 7:43 pm

Quote: Sheldonboy wrote in post #8
Quote: Voltman wrote in post #4
I have the 1964 shot but I wasn't too concerned about the lack of a road, or the two story shops, because the photo I have lost was dated early 50s.
Assuming SB is correct, this now raises some problems with said photo, leading me to believe it may have been mis-named.
That said, an aerial view of the Poolway clearly shows a road exiting at the rear of the centre and a road sized difference in the surface throughout the pedestrian area towards the Meadway. As does Bernies 2006 photo.

F & H Axfords, newsagents, appears to have started in 1960.
The Poolway appears to have started more or less the way it is now.
The Axfords shop, on the corner, was a gas showroom before it was a newsagents, meaning they were elsewhere in 1960.

I will have to search for the photo using other possible locations.


SB is right.

Volty old pal, after checking with my ever loving. We agreed on several issues about Poolway shops, we both grew up around there in the 50s and sixties.
Axfords Newsagents were never in the Gas Showroom. Axfords actually moved into the MEB shop. The Gas Showroom was further down next to the old post office which is now a double Glazing business. Axfords old shop was much smaller and down the steps on the left hand side of and next to The Co op. When Axfords left this shop it became a fishing tackle shop. The shopping centre was built late 50's early 60's it was from the beginning pedestrianised no roads went through it. When it was built in the main square (in front of the Co-op there was a large working fountain). The Co-op was opened by a singer called Michael Holiday and the coffee shop was opened by another singer by the name of Denis Lotis.
There was also a Woolworths shop, a fish and chip shop, a couple of good butchers and many others including Braggs and Bunns the barbers. If I can be of any further help please don't hesitate to ask. SB


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#10 by Voltman , Tue May 27, 2014 8:15 pm

I now realise I was wrong about the gas showroom, I just remembered it was a utility company.
I did some work in there and found plenty of evidence of it's previous occupier.

Is it possible that the original Axfords was in a single storey building?
Was the Co-op there right from the start?
Could the road at the park end have come a short way into the shopping area?


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#11 by Sheldonboy , Tue May 27, 2014 8:19 pm

The shopping centre was built pretty well as it is now, with the odd modification. Before this build there was I believe a single row of shops in Pool Road. (now gone). Axfords or another newsagent was in there I think.


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RE: The Poolway, Kent's Moat.

#12 by Voltman , Tue May 27, 2014 8:28 pm

That is the subject of the missing photo then.
Now I know what to look for perhaps I can find it on the net.

Well done Mr and Mrs SB.


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#13 by Sheldonboy , Tue May 27, 2014 8:38 pm

Volty we have known it for over 55 years pretty well since it was built, probably used almost every shop between us. You are welcome SB (Mr).


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#14 by Voltman , Tue May 27, 2014 9:32 pm

Following a different approach to my search I have found the image in my own scanning folders.

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#15 by Sheldonboy , Wed May 28, 2014 6:31 am

Yes that is the original Pool Road shops. No one ever called it Pool Way though.


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