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183) Andi Markos  Male
Location:
Spain
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Yesterday at 12:03 Write a comment

Did anyone here work at Bowketts bread shop in Guildhall Street in 1967 or the Versatile flooring shop oppposite the Helping Hand Agency shop?
182) Dr J Hall  Male
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Sunday, 27 September 2020 13:37 Write a comment

A lovely website. Thank you for sharing.

Happy memories from 80s and 90s childhood visits to Folkestone grandparents in the summer and games of air hockey in the dome/rotunda

Folks with an interest in the history of Folkestone, and in geneology might enjoy a to visit this 2004(!) blog: [freepages.rootsweb.com]
181) Christine - site owner 
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Sunday, 27 September 2020 10:03 Write a comment

Apologies for not responding for a while. This page is supposed to notify me each time someone leaves a message, but the feature is more miss than hit!

Thanks to everyone who has said nice things about my website, I really appreciate it.

Those wondering about me, itís no mystery, I grew up and married in Folkestone, emigrated to Canada in 1968, as had started a family and found it hard to make a living there on one wage. Being homesick, I started collecting old postcards and was so thrilled to see how lovely Folkestone had looked in Edwardian times that I wanted to share the images with other Folkestonians. Hence my website.

I am 76 now with grandchildren & great-grandchildren here, so will never return except for visits, but my roots will always be deeply buried in Folkestone, and I care very much what they do to it. The past is important to us all, and should always be respected as we move into the future.
180) briony latchford  Female
Location:
France
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Tuesday, 25 August 2020 09:49 Write a comment

What a wonderful website but, coming from the area (Folkestone and Hythe) it would be lovely to know who you are!!! Give yourself some credit ... maybe it's there and I can't see it? Have passed it round family and friends - talk about nostalgic. Congratulations.
179) Ian Gregory  Male
Location:
Texas
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Monday, 24 August 2020 21:10 Write a comment

Grew up in Acrise, left in the 60's, have no clue about the funfair's name, I'm 74 now, give me a break! But what a great job you've done. Just figured it out.

Paul Seward Sunday, 27 September 2020 05:50
Not at The Limes, Pay Street?
178) wendy bell  Female
Location:
Hawkinge
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Wednesday, 12 August 2020 07:17 Write a comment

A lovely site, and good to know people have happy memories of Folkestone and the area.
177) Jane 
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Wednesday, 3 June 2020 05:11 Write a comment

Does anyone remember, in the 60s to 70s(where nos 14 and 16 Grove rd have now been built) a walkthrough that went under the tracks to the Railway club?
I'm specifically interested in any info about a yard that was there, with big, double black gates with a smaller step-through door in them, it possibly had something to do with brewery or maybe a dairy as there was a bottle washing area there.
Thanks for any info and help

Mike Monday, 22 June 2020 06:39
Hello Jane.
My late parents bought a house in Grove Road in the late 60's, and I lived there until I married in 1984 and moved to Cheriton. I have no memory of a walkthrough to the Railway Club , but I can clearly remember the premises with the big black doors...if memory serves me correctly, it was owned and operated by John Lukey and Sons, a local wine merchant I think. I distinctly remember the sound of the bottles being broken, and the smell of the alcohol sometimes when the doors were open.
When they were closed they made a useful goal to kick a ball against in the evenings! Thank you for stirring an old childhood memory for me...I realise how much I miss Folkestone, not having lived there now for nearly 30 years.

Jane Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:42
Many thanks Mike!
That's great,i couldn't find out any info at all anywhere else.
So no walkthrough under the railway that you can remember?

Mike Challis Friday, 26 June 2020 04:35
Hello again Jane, it's nice to hear from you.
I'm pleased to have been able to assist you with your enquiry.
I don't remember any access under the railway tracks from Grove Road...my Dad worked for British Rail at the harbour for a long time, and so, as kids, my sister and I used to go to the children's Xmas party at the Railway Club in Canterbury Road, which was a short walk through Skew Arches. If I'd known of a shorter route, being lazy, I'd have definately taken it!
Best wishes.

Jane Monday, 27 July 2020 15:47
Many thanks Mike, you've helped a great deal!
176) Barry  Male
Location:
Dundee, Scotland
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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 04:08 Write a comment

(176) Hi all. Great site. I found it when looking for pics of Folkestone in the 70s and 80s, which is when I used to go there on holiday. I still have one relative left in Folkestone. Also, my late uncle Trevor Crump used to work in, and run the Shoreline chippy in Tontine Street. I loved the area of the old High Street, Harbour/Beach and Tontine Street. Great memories, I'm glad I was there when it was still fab.
175) Richard Wallace  Male
Location:
Kenilworth, Warwickshire
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Friday, 17 April 2020 11:21 Write a comment

A few more snippets, this time for your transport page. On about the 14th row of photos the picture at Seabrook of the EK depot looks to be when it was new (1931) - it was built on the site of the old 'Sandgate' station on the branch to Sandling. It was never used as an alternate to the new Bus Station as it was only a garage, mainly for coaches but for some buses up to the mid-50s. The reason for buses using the square was because they had to move up from the pre-war terminal for country services which was at the harbour up till then, moving up due to threat of bombing/shelling. Buses would never be stabled there overnight - there was a large garage at Kent Road, Cheriton established from 1916. I can locate the date of the photo on the right even closer. The bus came to Folkestone (from Dover) in May 1962 and the Shorncliffe service was revised in June 1966 and would no longer stop where pictured. On the next row the phot on the far right is near certain to be at Herne Bay garage as this was the only depot to use 'Garage Only' display. Lastly, the centre photo of FFN 446 is owned by a friend of mine and is still active and I was driving it only just over a year ago! I may have also worked with your former husband as I was a conductor at Folkestone many moons ago. Small world! Hope this info helps

Richard Wallace Saturday, 18 April 2020 10:33
I must apologies after further research I have now confirmed that the photo I thought was at Herne Bay was at ASHFORD! Sorry, they also used the 'garage only' display.
Finally the photo of your former husband driving EFN 179 (a 1950 Guy bus) was taken between June 1964 (when it arrived at Folkestone) and June 1966 when the service changed.
174) Richard Wallace  Male
Location:
Kenilworth Warwickshire
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Friday, 17 April 2020 08:57 Write a comment

Interesting selection of photos of 'old' Hythe. We lived in St Nicholas Terrace and then Palmbeach Avenue at Palmarsh. A couple of points - the first photo of the partially collapsed tower on the ranges has answered a question I have posted on the Dymchurch Martello tower site. The two towers remaining once had A & D painted on their side (these were numbered 14 and 15) but these have long gone and no-one has any recollection of the letters. Your picture confirms the letters as you can see 'E' on the side. I think this was tower 19 which has now collapsed as you can see in the other photo. It does pose the question - why the gap between A and D? There were no other intermediate towers. Grove House is interesting as at one time one of the joint owners of Dymchurch fair lived there - one Ken Marks. His brother, Robin, lived somewhere off Twiss Road. As for the donkeys pictured on the beach these were kept in stables in Prospect Road and run by a Miss Twyman. I see you also went to Tofts! I have some tickets somewhere from gigs I went to in the 60s!
173) David Austin  Male
Location:
Warwick
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Monday, 23 March 2020 04:58 Write a comment

(173) This image is thought to date from 1905-1915 and features a group of school children embarking onto a ferry from the south railway pier. The large number of spectators on the promenade marks this out as a special occasion. Please can anybody comment on the event and date?
172) graham cann  Male
Location:
United Kingdom
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Saturday, 21 March 2020 11:22 Write a comment

hi.is there a jennifer sharp still out there.i went out with you for a few years.i live in beachborough rd you live just around the corner.you used to send your sister round to tell me your mum and dad have gone out so you could come round (lol now)
171) kevin whiteman  Male
Location:
United Kingdom
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Sunday, 8 March 2020 04:19 Write a comment

hi,great site , love just browsing through. i found on hotels page 3 you have a picture of "woodlands folkestone " this building is still standing, its at the bottom of earls avenue and is called tudor lodge number 63, its now flats
170) Ian Burgess  Male
Location:
Dover, Kent
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Sunday, 26 January 2020 04:02 Write a comment

Hi, i was born in charles crescent in 1961 .We lived next door to the Garnets on one side and the Robinsons the other.The Brisleys lived opposite.My grandad came to live with my Dad when my parents divorced but i never knew who my grandmother was,anyone know?
169) m  Male
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Saturday, 25 January 2020 09:33 Write a comment

did anyone live in connaught road folkstone on here in 1978 please or know of any info or community pages that may help as i am trying to trace somebody connected to family history? - thank you
168) Chris Roche  Male
Location:
Carshalton
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Sunday, 19 January 2020 05:07 Write a comment

Trying to touch base Christine I having grown up in and around Folkestone think I have something to add one side of my family were Birch from Sellinge cousin Les Birch known as Mr steam for the traction engines we as youngsters pretty much lived in the warren.
167) John  Male
Location:
Brisbane Australia
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Saturday, 21 December 2019 05:38 Write a comment

I was born in Folkestone hospital and lived in Hawkinge until emigrating to Australia in 1972.
I attended Hawkinge primary and Morehall secondary school.
My Grandparents lived on Albert Rd Folkestone. Tofts was the Friday Saturday night place to be. Remember seeing Osibisa at the Leaís Cliff Hall where I met my girl friend of 18 months until I left under protest to Australia with my parents, I had just turned 17. Whilst Iím now 64 I still have fond memories of Folkestone
166) John  Male
Location:
Brisbane Australia
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Saturday, 21 December 2019 05:38 Write a comment

I was born in Folkestone hospital and lived in Hawkinge until emigrating to Australia in 1972.
I attended Hawkinge primary and Morehall secondary school.
My Grandparents lived on Albert Rd Folkestone. Tofts was the Friday Saturday night place to be. Remember seeing Osibisa at the Leaís Cliff Hall where I met my girl friend of 18 months until I left under protest to Australia with my parents, I had just turned 17. Whilst Iím now 64 I still have fond memories of Folkestone

graham cann Friday, 19 June 2020 17:02
do you remember the swap swap in folkestone.i went to morehall aswell
165) Sara Hogan  Female
Location:
Belgium
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Thursday, 21 November 2019 07:00 Write a comment

I have so many fond memories of afternoon trips from Hythe to Eastcliff sands. My favourite thing to on the way there was the swing boats near the sunny sands tea room. Does anyone have a picture of them?
164) steve mac  Male
Location:
athelstan road
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Saturday, 9 November 2019 10:46 Write a comment

Hi does anybody know if Noel Redding lived in Folkestone? I was told he lived in Foord Rd in the 1960's.I know about Seabrook but not Folkestone... thanks Steve.

Paul Seward Friday, 20 December 2019 11:03
If you know about Seabrook you may be interested to know that, staying in a pub in Oxfordshire the other week we met his fiancee Jill (then aged 17 and before he found fame). She even had a pic on her phone of the two of them on the RHDR.

graham cann Friday, 7 February 2020 11:50
yes he did.i lived in beachborough road

Richard Wallace Saturday, 18 April 2020 07:16
He went to the Harvey Grammar School in the early 60s. When he found fame I think he later bought his mum a cafť at Dymchurch as I can remember him drinking in the City of London pub there once or twice when he was down in the village(circa 1969/70).
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