EAW018282 ENGLAND (1948). The Aylesford Paper Mills, Ditton, from the south-west, 1948. This image was marked by Aerofilms Ltd for photo editing.

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Details

Title [EAW018282] The Aylesford Paper Mills, Ditton, from the south-west, 1948. This image was marked by Aerofilms Ltd for photo editing.
Reference EAW018282
Date 20-August-1948
Link
Place name DITTON
Parish DITTON
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 570819, 159516
Longitude / Latitude 0.45106269502862, 51.308581239637
National Grid Reference TQ708595

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Dave
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 12:43:27 PM
Is this a fireless steam engine? They were common in paper mills.

Maurice
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 12:31:04 PM
Unlikely to be fireless. These were employed at the companies mills at Gravesend and Greenhythe. One currently survives at Coalville Mining History Display (Currently Leics CC) but under review. Locos at Aylesford were 0-4-0 Peckets. First pair were named Rodney and Nelson, probably from 1928 when mill started. Then replaced by Anson and Howe which were similar. Later replaced by diesel loco named Hornblower. These loco can be seen as a secondary item on a DVD published about Maidstone BC's trolley bus installation. All originallsy were on 16mm cine before transfer to DVD. Steam loco survived in use till early 1960's. Also construction of the mill itself recorded in 16mm cine and band w stills on "SCA Packaging New Hythe - The Final team 2009" published by the company , I think in co-operation with Maidstone Museum.

worrab
Friday 27th of March 2015 02:39:23 PM
Howe lasted as reserve engine in west mill until late 1960s at least. I went to senior school in 1968 and shortly after had a chance to drive Howe while Hornblower had its tyres turned.



East mill diesel shunter was Bounty, a Ruston and Hornsby 88DS. Hornblower was a R&H 165DE, and was moved to east mill later when bounty failed. All west mill activity then (late 70s, early 80s) was oil trains shunted in / out by BR loco.

Maidstonensis
Tuesday 20th of September 2016 09:54:28 AM
Reed Corrugated Cases Box Factory 1935-37

Chris
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:54:13 AM
Reed Medway Sacks, built 1929-36

Chris
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:53:09 AM
Ferry Inn, a pub until at least the 1930's. The ferry operated until the 1950s to provide access to the cement works on the far bank. Used as Mill offices later.

Chris
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:50:34 AM
Mill Offices. These were the original contractors buildings. Over the years they were internally upgraded to varying degrees. The Mill Manager's was walnut panelled, most of the rest were just repainted. They survived into the 1980's.

Chris
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:42:29 AM
Pulp Yard Virtually all raw material was imported pulp from mills in Canada and Scandinavia. During the war, recycled material was used but the equipment was not designed for this which limited the proportions. Ships were unloaded in Rochester into lighters that were unloaded by overhead cranes. There was a great deal of manual handling; bales were moved onto pulper conveyors by the "yard gang" whose other duties included other heavy lifting duties such as changing the heavy and fragile paper machine forming wires.

Chris
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:29:03 AM
East Mill Machine Houses

Chris
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:22:48 AM
West Mill Machine House Contained, in 1946, 7, 8, 9 machines. 7 & 8 machines were replaced in 1948-1956 by 10, 11 & 12 M/C

Chris
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:20:40 AM

Chris
Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:17:25 AM
This water tower (TQ 71443 59530) replaced an earlier tower at about TQ 71399 59627, built in 1923. This new tower has been demolished, there is a good photograph of it held in the Historic England Archive: https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/photos/item/AA101446

Ferrers
Saturday 6th of February 2021 05:18:47 PM
Burham chalk pits

Dylan Moore
Tuesday 15th of July 2014 02:30:38 AM
drowned Gault clay pit

Dylan Moore
Tuesday 15th of July 2014 02:28:40 AM
3 Burham rotary kilns

Dylan Moore
Tuesday 15th of July 2014 02:28:01 AM