When ex-Mayor Peter Salmon joined a community event at the beginning of the new Millennium, he remarked that he had a collection of photographs that he took while walking up and down Greenstreet in 1973. Although the Lynsted with Kingsdown Society was only being talked about at that time, we were very grateful to Peter for his generosity.
As part of the first Open History Day held by the Society in 2010, Nigel Heriz-Smith decided to repeat Peter Salmon's walk as part of a display in Lynsted Church to draw attention to how communities change over relatively short periods - 37 years in this case. We added this montage to the web site in 2014.
|No.1 Looking towards Faversham from Cellar Hill.
Peter decided one day to walk up one side of Greenstreet and back down the other.To mark the first History Open Day (2010) for the Lynsted with Kingsdown Society, Nigel Heriz-Smith repeated the exercise to build a display for visitors.
|No.2 Memorial Fountain and Dover Castle
This collection is also of interest for the cars of the day and how few there were!
|No.3 Petrol Pumps at corner of Station Road
These pumps have long gone. The use of this corner shop has changed several times since. The front of the house next door has also changed.
The "gap" in 2010 was developed in 2014 to create small flats.
|No.4 Crispins Fish and Chip Shop
This changed after a major rebuild. The shop occupies the plot of land that contained our local brewery for many years (Teynham Arms). The open site next to Crispins has been developed into a terrace of locally built and attractive homes.
|No.5 The Old Teynham Post Office (arched window) with Wicks in the distance. The current Post Office is immediately left (out of shot). Wicks (local convenience store and newsagents for many years) was once The Rose Tavern or beer-seller. Now two homes.|
|No.6 "From No's 108 (next to the Cooperative Stores - the flat roofed shop was once Nethercoates Cafe and Sweetshop) to 105"|
|No.7 Lime House and workshops.
This home faced onto a woodyard that is now a small car park. The Zeebrugge Memorial (a small plaque on a tree trunk that serves as a seat today) was donated from this woodyard. This was also an undertakers for many years.
|No.8 Lime House showing the workshops (now a residential terrace). The house on the other side of the open space has been replaced by a modern doctor's surgery.|
|No.9 No's 135 to 121
The Methodist Chapel has been a billiards room, an Antiques showroom and flooring retailer. The library building was once the local fire station, which now sits in Station Road in a modern building.
|No.10 No's 135 to 151
This stretch has changed out of all recognition as it is now occupied by a modern terrace of four homes, set slightly back from the main road. The For Sale sign obviously worked!
|No.11 No's 175 to 153
The boarded up property is now two homes. The wooden structure has had its frontage updated and has changed uses several times from furniture store, pine goods, a Chiropracter and Reflexologist, and Tatoo Parlour, etc.
|No.12 The Fox Inn
Redevelopment of this pub included slates replacing the original tiles. As has happened nationwide, the pub closed and has been turned into flats. The space between the pub and the historically interesting and ancient feather-boarded cottage is now occupied by a modern house set back from the road.
|No.13 The Comet Motel (Oval sign to the right of this image). This motel gradually declined until quite recently when it was demolished and sold for development. Development ideas included a fast food and hotel services. Residential flats now occupy the site. The bus stop sign is hardly visible today and stands about four feet tall!|
|No.14 Petrol Station - looking West
Peter was a witness to how few cars there were in 1973! If you try today to stop long enough to take a photo, well, you wouldn't try!
The petrol station has long since ceased trading - see notes on the history of Ferrell and Baker. The site has been given over to car sales, and in 2013 an on-line business.
|The return walk.....
No.15 Petrol Station looking East up Greenstreet (A2 London Road).
The site to the right of the Petrol Station has been cleared of the second-hand cars that once occupied it.
The 30mph zone now sits near to Radfield to the west of this point.
|No.16 The Fox and Greenstreet
The run of Victorian terraced houses was developed alongside the expansion of brickfields locally, supplying much of London's yellow stock bricks. There are very few brick-fields in the area (no longer in Teynham). By 2014, most of the brickearth extraction has ended locally.
|No.17 No's 114 to 146
The large open space leading up to No. 138 has since been infilled with four good sized homes set back from the road. The lean-to slate covered garage (also used as a fireman's workshop) was knocked down.
|No.18 No's 112 to 110
There has not been much change to this view since 1973
|No.19 The George Inn
Historically interesting old inn.
The sign in the foreground is for the 'new' Swan pub.
|No.20 The Swan
This modern building replaced a very much older timber-frames pub that sat to the front of this site. This new building was erected behind the earlier building - then the old inn was demolished to make way for the car park. A sign of the times.
|No.21 No's 66 to 68
The three distinct buildings (right) have a considerable history behind them as they are all part of Newgardens Farm (not the one in Nouds Lane - which no longer exists). They sit on the corner of Lynsted Lane as it meets Greenstreet opposite the George Inn..
|No.22 No's 70 to 58
This very sad and delapidated building and its outhouses have been restored thank goodness. They are part of what was once Newhouse Farm.
|No.23 No's 56 to 44
A very timely record of new buildings replacing old ones. These modern houses contrast with those that surround them.
|No.24 Read's Butchers
It was a sad day when these local butchers closed. As part of their reason for closing, the owners expressed frustration with the regulations and changes in weights and measures that had been imposed.
This is now converted to residential use.
|No.25 No's 40 to 22
The flat-roofed building remains today but neither of the shops exists any longer. The nearest one was converted to residential use and, more recently, the further shop has been levelled and replaced with a modern residential build on the same building line.
|No.26 The Dover Castle
A large and popular pub in the Shepherd Neame brewery list. In its time it was a coaching inn, used as a local court, and the place of many public meetings (e.g. local hunts, public meetings about the railways arriving, and a place to recruit soldiers at the outbreak of World War 1).
|No.27 No.10 to Cellar Hill
This is a fascinating cluster of mixed old and relatively new homes. There used to be an old forge here (that is commemorated by an informative sign erected on the wall of the newer home built on its site). Walnuts is the last building in Greenstreet on the south side before open pasture land.