Isle of Grain, Kent
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Isle of Grain and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

St James' Road

I lived at number 14 from 1952 until about 1961. I used to walk to the post office, run by a Mr Green, to get my Mum's cigarettes and sometimes in the summer an homemade ice lolly, a square of lemon ice on a stick. As a brownie we visited the local farm and picked cherries. My parents were founder members of the Amateur ...Read full memory

A memory of Isle of Grain

Childhood At Grain

After WW2 my father was posted to the firing range at Yantlet , Grain. When he left the army he was a caretaker at Grain Fort before working at the new oil refinery. My brother and I spent our pre teen years at Grain. It was a wonderful place for kids - forts, watch towers, the beach, ships on the Thames and Medway, ...Read full memory

Grain Fort

After the war in 1946 my father, a sergeant in the MPSC, was transfered to Darland camp in Gillingham but as there were no married quarters available there we, as a family, were billeted in the Coastguards quarters on the Isle of Grain. These were a row of houses with a bedroom in the attic from which we could see across the ...Read full memory