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178) wendy bell  Female
Location:
Hawkinge
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Wednesday 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 Leas 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 Im 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 Leas 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 Im 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 caf 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).
163) Ed Moore 
Location:
Marshall Street, Folkestone
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Saturday, 2 November 2019 08:38 Write a comment

We've just bought a house on the corner of Marshall street and Invincta road, Folkestone. We can tell from the deeds that it was some sort of shop. I'd be fascinated to know more.

Paul Seward Thursday, 7 November 2019 11:01
Nip into the reference library on Grace Hill and look at Kelly's Directory. From GSV it looks like there could have been shops on at least three corners of the Xroads.

Christine - site owner Friday, 22 November 2019 17:30
You dont say which house is yours, but as Paul said, there has been commercial premises on three of the four corners.

I checked my 1952 directory, and number 45 was listed as Corner Stores, so probably a grocers. 48 was Radio Relays Ltd., and a grocer by the name of Thomas Bowler and Son was at number 50.
162) Ed Moore 
Location:
Marshall Street, Folkestone
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Saturday, 2 November 2019 08:35 Write a comment

We've just bought a house on the corner of Marshall street and Invincta road, Folkestone. We can tell from the deeds that it was some sort of shop. I'd be ficinated to know more.
161) Mary Kitcher 
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Sunday, 20 October 2019 08:01 Write a comment

I recall as a child (1960's) a fish and chip shop near the gas works, ? Broadmead Road. Lovely fish and chips wrapped in newspaper which we'd eat by the toll road. Can anyone confirm the fish and chip shop location please?

Christine - Site owner Sunday, 20 October 2019 08:06
George Loulli had a fish & chip shop at 5 Broadmead Road in the 60s. Not sure about the Toll Road though. The only toll road in operation that I remember from my childhood was Lower Sandgate Road, and I am not sure, but I think they had done away with the tolls by the 60s. There used to be a toll house on Canterbury Road, up on the hill, but that was gone years before that.

ken white Sunday, 20 October 2019 08:42
yes it was georges fish and chips we used to get them on the way home from movies .just under the railway arch.

Chris Ashdown Sunday, 29 March 2020 07:07
Georges fish and chips what a memory 4 pence for chips and 6 pence when new potatoes were in, never seemed to change from those two prices, two doors along was the barber and then a fishing shop also owned by the off licence
160) Fliss 
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Friday, 27 September 2019 13:25 Write a comment

Weve recently moved onto Cheriton Road and have been told by our local builders that our house used to be Cherrystone Sweet Shop, run by Susan Boxhall. Does anyone remember it? In renovating the place we discovered an old doorway from the porch to the living room that had been boarded up but had old cigarette ads on the glass. Other little clues such as hundreds of very old empty chocolate button packets, too 😆
Would love to hear memories of the place, if anyone has any

ken.white Tuesday, 1 October 2019 12:31
hi. I remember a boxhalls news agent where would get dad a newspaper and cigs . I left cheriton in 1965 so much has changed if I recall there used to be a drug store next door .sorry cant help with chocolate wrappers .we live in Canada now .

Laura Palmer Saturday, 5 October 2019 10:51
I used to go there on my way home from school sometimes, in the early 90s. It was such a funny, old fashioned little shop, with all the old skool jars of sweets along the walls. My friend and I used to obsessively buy NikNaks crisps, and american Jolly Ranchers in the brief period of time they were sold here, but we'd also be all about getting like "50p of sherbert lemons" or Kola Kubes or whatever.
The lady who ran it was an eccentric-seeming old thing, tottering about...she must have been younger than she seemed to us, since I found out she only passed away last year.
Oh and in the room in back, there was a tiny tiny restaurant, like, maybe 3 little tables, where you could get like...basic homecooked stuff like stew, or a roast, or tea. I don't think we ever ate there, but maybe my mother went in for a cup of tea once or something.

Ronnie Day Tuesday, 29 October 2019 09:53
I used to go there often, they were open sunday afternoons, it always seemed a very quiet shop on entry and the owner was a man in mid 50's that had glasses and a moustache and always wore a blue/grey coloured coat with pockets.
159) John Dearn Smith  Male
Location:
Dubai
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Friday, 19 July 2019 11:13 Write a comment

You have a picture of the harbor entitled 40 to 50's. It shows an RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch near the old wooden jetty. My Father Sydney William Smith operated such a launch for Harbor trips after WW2. In 45 to 47. It was called "The Black Prince". His Mother Mary Jane Smith was the Innkeeper of the Packet Boat Inn between 1869 to 1899. Her sons Harry and Robert apprenticed with the Railways and became Chief Engineers on the cross Channel Ferries in the 1890's.
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