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222) Matt Meredith  Male
Nova Scotia
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Monday, 20 February 2023 06:18 Write a comment

My grandmother ran a shop called Kate's store, she was Dorothy Wenham, this was in the 60s or 70s
221) Chantelle Stone  Female
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Monday, 30 January 2023 13:11 Write a comment

Hi I am looking for my dad's brother (Ronnie Collins), his dad (John Alfred Collins) owned the local grocer's on Marshall street in 1970 and passed away in 1984, just wondering if anyone remembers him at all?

Many thanks.
220) Rob Downs  Male
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Wednesday, 21 December 2022 07:53 Write a comment

My wife grew up in Hawkinge, I in Lyminge.
We both went to school and later worked in Folkestone.
We have several photos that may be of interest, particularly of the Cat at Paddlesworth, our local for many years and through 3 Landlords.

Christine - site owner Saturday, 31 December 2022 15:07
Hi Rob,

Did you know Albert Hooker? The Cat was his local for many years, lived in The Street, Hawkinge.

Rob Downs Wednesday, 11 January 2023 05:55
Hi Christine
My wife Trish Downs nee Whittingstall knew him. He was a neighbour of her Aunt and Uncle Albert and Peggy Lynch.
Interestingly Paul Seward who was a friend from way back has been in touch and we are currently swooping memories.
219) Ian Murton  Male
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Sunday, 17 July 2022 07:03 Write a comment

Can anyone enlighten me as to where Fenchurch Street was in Folkestone, as my Grand mother Esther Hannah Standing according to the 1901 census lived at No 51, I have goggle mapped it but nothing comes up. grateful for any help.

Christine - site owner Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:04
Hi Ian,
This is the way I understand it.
There were Great Fancy Street and Little Fancy Street, both streets names changed to Great Fenchurch Street and Little Fenchurch Street. In 1937 there was a clearance order by the Folkestone Borough Council to demolish some of the properties in Great and Little Fenchurch Streets, but due to WW11 all the properties were not demolished. Then due to enemy action during the war, many more properties were damaged. The whole of Little Fenchurch Street, Great Fenchurch Street and part of Dover Street were demolished in the early 1950's and redeveloped. Dover Street was widened and renamed Harbour Way, Little Fenchurch Street became an extension to St. Michael's Street and Great Fenchurch Street was extinguished and houses in Harbour Way now stand on the site. So I am afraid your relative's house is long gone.

Ian murton Thursday, 21 July 2022 01:48
Hi Christine many thanks for the reply, you have managed to place together a lot of facts for me to add to my family tree now so you have been a great help. Ian Murton
218) Jo  Female
Ashford Kent
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Friday, 10 June 2022 09:08 Write a comment

My paternal family all lived in Marshall Street from the 1900's and I have many memories of a childhood spent there.

I am now trying to help my great great- Aunt who is the last of her siblings alive to see if anyone has any photos of times gone by - sadly hers were all lost a few years back and she has none now, not even her wedding pictures.

She talks about (and I vaguely remember)the Marshall Street residents association or committee which was probably late 60's to late 80's maybe? Does anyone else remember this?

Chantelle Stone Monday, 30 January 2023 13:12
Hi I am looking for my dad's brother (Ronnie Collins), his dad (John Alfred Collins) owned the local grocer's on Marshall street in 1970 and passed away in 1984, just wondering if anyone remembers him at all?
217) graham cann  Male
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Sunday, 5 June 2022 17:00 Write a comment

hi.does anybody remember me from morehall school in cheriton in the 70s
216) Felicity Hellyer  Female
East Sussex
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Thursday, 14 April 2022 08:56 Write a comment

Hello everyone.
I’ve enjoyed looking at the pictures of your fabulous town. I’m hoping someone might remember the name Ivie Harrington? She lived with her husband Colonel Harrington, sons Henry and John in Kelston Lodge Pointon Road and then 19 Grimston Gardens. She died in 1971 aged 88. They would have been a wealthy possibly influential family. Certainly the Colonel was a member of the golf club in the 1930s.
With thanks

Paul Seward Monday, 18 April 2022 08:31
After Grimston Gardens, Mrs. Harington (sic) moved into St. Olaves Hotel, at that time a private residential establishment, where my family were privileged to look after her. Her son John used to visit regularly. He continued the disinguished military tradition in the family. I see from Google that the family goes back to the 17th century, originating at Kelston, Somerset.
215) robert melrose  Male
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Tuesday, 29 March 2022 11:34 Write a comment

Hi Guys
I am writing a history booklet of the house I live in Eastbridge House built 1877 1 East Street Hythe in 1952 in was re-configurated into 4 flats called Eastbridge Court address now 2 Station Road red brick building behind the trees on the roundabout at Aspendos in Hythe. I am desperate for an old photograph or architects drawing of the old house before it was changed Anybody's family lived there got old papers tucked away in a drawer ? reward for successful response

Robert 07748658323
214) R. Angela Vause  Female
Boise, Idaho, United States
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Saturday, 29 January 2022 10:43 Write a comment

Does anyone remember a William Saunders (fisherman), who also took people from the pebble beach, in Folkestone, in a tour boat around the harbor, in the early fifties. I was his daughters friend.
I'm trying to find a connection between him and my grandmother's brother George Knox (Dodger) a blind fisherman who repaired nets. He died in 1943. Fingers are crossed. Angela

Christine - Site owner Saturday, 29 January 2022 11:06
Hi Angela, the person you need to ask is Alan Taylor, president of the Folkestone & District Local History Society. He was very involved with the fishing industry, and now runs the fishing museum. I believe I have a photo of Dodger Knox repairing nets. I knew he was blind, but didn’t know his name. So thank you for that. If you can’t find Alan, let me know and I will put you in touch.
213) Liz Taylor  Female
Folkestone Kent
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Sunday, 9 January 2022 08:07 Write a comment

Hi I was born in Folkestone at the Royal Victoria Hospital and have lived here all my life. I lived in Cheriton from 1951 till 1970 when I moved to Folkestone.

The Library in Cheriton was there in the 1950's and way before then, but not sure about the date. I remember the CO-OP on the corner in those days it was two storeys as upstairs was where I bought my first pair of heeled shoes smile So have seen a lot of changes in this town and not all for the good!!!
Liz Taylor
212) Sylvia Turner 
Deal, Kent
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Friday, 26 November 2021 12:15 Write a comment

My mother and her sister, both under 10 years travelled by themselves by train from Reading to Folkestone on 19th March 1938. They stayed at St. Andrews convalescent home to help their bronchitis I believe. Maybe they were collected at the station? Mum had a difficult time with the nuns and her dislike lasted for many years afterwards.A big memory was they both suffered with splinters from the rough wooden flooring.
I would like to find out how long the stay was and if there is a register of 'attendees'

Christine - site owner Thursday, 23 December 2021 00:19
Hi Sylvia, I really don’t know if any records exist from the St. Andrews Convalescent home. You could try contacting the Folkestone library, they might be able to help.
211) Caledonia  Female
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Friday, 19 November 2021 12:35 Write a comment

Hi Christine,
Glad to see the site is still going strong. Lovely job.
Best wishes.

Christine - site owner Thursday, 23 December 2021 00:21
Thank you Caledonia, yep still here.
210) Anne Maloney 
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Thursday, 14 October 2021 01:28 Write a comment

Does anyone have any photos or memories of Folkestone Croquet Club that was situated in the Pleasure Gardens until the Magistrates Court was built over it in the 1970s?
We are trying to save the club’s trophies from being sold off by the administrators of The Grand so any information about them would also be very useful.

Paul Seward Sunday, 31 October 2021 06:55
My mole at The Grand tells me that we are too late. THe trophies, latterly kept in a cabinet in Keppel's Bar, were sold at auction recently. I can only pray that you have other information.

Christine -site owner Sunday, 31 October 2021 09:46
This is the first I have heard about this, in fact I was not aware of the existence of the Croquet Club. I do hope the trophies have not gone from the town. It is also a shame the club couldn’t have found another location. Does anyone have details about it, or photos? Did it have many members? In hindsight, the trophies should have gone to the museum, not a privately owned business.

Anne Maloney Wednesday, 13 April 2022 03:46
I am pleased to say that with the help of your MP Damian Collins, The Croquet Association, and a previous member of the club who now lives in New Zealand, the trophies were successfully withdrawn from the auction and proven not to belong to The Grand. They are now housed in Folkestone Town Museum.
If anyone is interested in taking up croquet then Three Hills Sports Centre is looking for support to re-launch Folkestone Croquet Club
209) Gabor Balint  Male
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Monday, 27 September 2021 13:14 Write a comment

Hi, I am looking for bequests and heirs of Austen Hurgon, died 1942 Folkestone.

Can you help me please ?
I am looking for the next Emmerich Kalman lost werk :
The Blue House. Musical „Laundriette“(A Farcical Musical Comedy) in 1 act, Text: Austen Hurgon

Uraufführung: Hippodrome (Edward Moss & Frank Allen), London, 28. Oktober 1912 – Conductor: Julian Jones, Director: J. Galbraith, Production: Austen Hurgon, Stage: Ryan, K: Lucile & Jays, Singers: Bert Coote (The Hon. Chippendale St. Arch, Proprietor), Cyril Clensy (Major Claude E. Starkey), Elsa Trepess (Lady Anastasia Dilling), Gerald O‘ Brien (O‘ Connor, Linkman), Shirley Kellogg (Cornelia Van Huyt of U.S.A.), Hippodrome Beauty Chorus of 40, The 12 Pinafored Babies, Augmented Orchestra of 45 Instrumentalists

KA: keine Druckausgabe!

Autographe: Verschollen

I would be very grateful for all useful information.

Thank you very much.

Best regards

Gabor Balint
208) Roger Newman  Male
Hythe, Kent
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Friday, 10 September 2021 21:03 Write a comment

Great to see so many pictures and information about all the old pubs. I have lived in the Hythe area since 1957 and probably had a drink or two in most of them.
I have a number of photos which includes pubs and my grandfather's coaches in and around them. My book is on the way but in the meanwhile a small information website is available to see at []

Thank you - great read!

Christine - site owner Sunday, 31 October 2021 09:53
I remember seeing vans with the Newman & Sons logo everywhere when I lived in both Folkestone and Hythe, are they still in business?
207) Clive Griffiths 
Near Vancouver, B.C. Canada
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Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:03 Write a comment

I am writing from the West Coast of Canada ( near Vancouver). I was born and raised in Chatham, Kent with grandparents and aunts from the Elham area .. family name Kennett. I have fond memories of visiting an aunt who lived at East Cliff Rd. .. up the hill from the Fish Market and Harbour. She ran a B &B during the season and I would go off on my own (age of 7 then)down to the beach, market, harbour for the day until teatime 6PM. !!

I can expand on this message if it is of interest to current Folkestone Folk ... I stumbled on your site while researching family ties in the area of 46 Sidney Street and surrounding villages inland from Folkestone.

I find it a most entertaining site and the photos kindle many recollections of fun times.

Stay safe and well, sincerely Clive Griffiths.

Christine - site owner Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:22
Hi Clive, I personally don’t know of an East Cliff Road, there is just East Cliff that runs from the Tram Road, or East Cliff Gardens that runs from Radnor Bridge Road to Wear Bay Road.

You may already know this, but for many years, all births, deaths and marriage records were held at Elham. So even though the index sheets indicated a person was born, married or died there, it could have been anywhere in the surrounding district, including Folkestone. Baptism, Birth or Death certificates are a better record of where they actually lived.

So glad my site brought back so many fond memories for you. Thank you for sharing with us.

Christine Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:42
By the way, I have a 1948 Kelly’s Directory, and at that time there was a Mrs, Highton living at 46 Sidney Street, would that have been a relative of yours?
206) Rosemary Wells  Female
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Thursday, 29 July 2021 05:01 Write a comment

I have been searching for photos of the Folkestone School of Arts and Craft which I attended 1960 - 1962. I believe it is the building shown on your site at 2 Bouverie Road East, which was Pelham House School in 1919.

Christine - site owner Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:26
Hi Rosemary, yes you are correct, the art school was indeed in the former Pelham House School.
205) Gerry Stone  Male
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Saturday, 17 July 2021 08:24 Write a comment

For those who are not aware there is a webcam panning Folkestone Harbour which is well worth watching,

204) graham cann  Male
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Friday, 9 July 2021 16:29 Write a comment

does any one remember me from Morehall school Cheriton
203) Shalon Hoyle  Female
Iowa, USA
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Sunday, 4 July 2021 18:43 Write a comment

I am looking for information on the Folkestone Church Refuge. It is listed as Glenburn, Quested Road, Cheriton, Folkestone. It was an 8 room house that was ran by a Superintendent, assistant and matron. The residents were listed as servants, but also inmates. My great aunt lived there in 1911. I have contacted the Kent Archives and they have no information on the home. Any information is greatly appreciated!

Christine - site owner Tuesday, 6 July 2021 22:18
Hello Shalon,

 I have checked through all the directories I have, but have had no luck finding the Folkestone Church Refuge.  The earliest directory I own that has a street directory is 1928, but for some unknown reason Quested Road is missing from it.

Earlier ones I checked were 1882, 1907 and 1927, but none had a street directory.  I checked out the lists of institutions, clubs, churches, hospitals and dispensaries, but could not find a listing.  I also checked the alphabetical listings of residents, as it also listed some businesses and organisations, but again, nothing.  The next directory I have is 1949, and this does list Quested Road, but all addresses are numbered, none were called Glenburn.

So I am afraid I have drawn a complete blank.  I am assuming you found the information you have on the 1911 census, so not much point in me looking at that for you.

I am sorry I can’t be of more help.  You could try the Folkestone & District Local History Society, they may be able to help you.

Shalon Hoyle Wednesday, 7 July 2021 08:54
I did get the information from the 1911 Census. Thank you so much for your effort!
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