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219) Ian Murton  Male
Location:
Suffolk
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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
Location:
Ashford Kent
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Friday, 10 June 2022 09:08 Write a comment

Hi!
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?
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
Location:
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
Felicity

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
Location:
Hythe
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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
regards

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

Hello,
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
Location:
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 
Location:
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
Location:
France
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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 
Location:
Nottinghamshire
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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
Location:
Portsmouth
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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
Location:
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 [www.newmansofhythe.co.uk]

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 
Location:
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
Location:
Dover
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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
Location:
Sussex
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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,

[www.camsecure.co.uk]
204) graham cann  Male
Location:
lancashire
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Friday, 9 July 2021 16:29 Write a comment

Hello
does any one remember me from Morehall school Cheriton
203) Shalon Hoyle  Female
Location:
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!
202) Ian Murton  Male
Location:
Suffolk
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Tuesday, 15 June 2021 14:46 Write a comment

Can anyone remember what blacksmiths there was in Folkestone in 1950, as my father was a blacksmith when I was born, and I was born in Folkestone in 1950

Christine Warren - site owner Tuesday, 15 June 2021 17:48
Hi Ian, I personally don’t remember a blacksmith, but I was just a child at the time. I have a 1949 Kelly’s Directory, but would need to know the name of the firm he worked for, and then they would have had to pay for a commercial listing. Either that or I would need to know the name of the street he worked on, then I could find the business.

I looked at the list of Private residents, and there are three Murtons, an Edward, Daniel and William. If your father was one of those, I can give you his home address, that’s all I have I am afraid. I wouldn’t have thought there were many blacksmiths left by the 50’s. Anyone know if Ovenden’s used blacksmiths?

Christine - site owner Thursday, 17 June 2021 09:51
Hi again Ian, I have found a list of ‘Smiths, Blacksmiths & Farriers’ for the year 1949
Kemsley & Son, 100 Stanley Road, Cheriton Ph 85386.
Ovenden J & Son, 9 Radnor Street,
& The Stade, Folkestone,
Rolfe & Son, Forge Yard, Bradstone Road, Folkestone
Trowell ,Charles Henry, Chapel Street, Hythe
Wise, Percy William, 9 Cheriton Road, Folkestone.

Not sure how you would find out which of these employed your father, as I doubt any of them are still in business today

Christine - site owner Thursday, 17 June 2021 10:25
I tried to let you know you have an answer here Ian, but the e-mail address you left is not valid, so I hope you come back.

Ian Murton Friday, 18 June 2021 14:52
Hi Christine Edward was my father, William was my dads older brother and Daniel was his younger brother. I was born in Wear bay Crescent so I would expect my father to have worked close by, but having said that he was a scaffolder at Dungeness Power station before he died in 1971 whatever info you have I would be extremely grateful for. I have two cousins Robert and Peter who were Williams sons and Peter apparently lives in Warren road.

regards

Christine - site owner Friday, 18 June 2021 19:13
Hi Ian, Edward was 63 Wear Bay Crescent, Daniel was 28 Ivy Way and William was 8 Ingoldsby Road.

The closest business to Wear Bay Crescent among those I listed above would have been Ovenden’s who was in both Radnor Street and on The Stade. He could have walked down the steps from The Durlocks, which would have taken him right to Ovenden’s in Radnor Street. I have no current directories, but I am sure you can track your cousins down online.

Ian Murton Saturday, 19 June 2021 13:20
Many thanks Christine, loads of help

Fred Elliott Monday, 21 February 2022 09:32
Just reading site and the question about blacksmith. Saw the name Percy William WISE. He was my great grandad.
I was born Royal Vic hospital. Most of time lived in Dallas Brett Cresent

Christine - site owner Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:22
Fred Elliott: If your family had been in Dallas Brett Crescent for many years, chances are they were originally moved from one of the Fenchurch Streets or Dover Street mentioned above, because they built Dallas Brett in order to move all the displaced residents when their houses were demolished. I was told they were given those houses with free rent for one year, but for many, when they had to start paying, they had great difficulty because the rents were much higher than they were used to paying in those old houses near the harbour.
201) Dawn iRENE Jackson  Female
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Wednesday, 19 May 2021 09:03 Write a comment

My Great Great Grandmother,Emily Britcher, lived at the Toll House Lower Sandgate Road and was the tollhouse keeper from 1881 -1901 (and possibly until her death in 1905 when 65) She lived there as a widow and with oldest daughter

Christine, site owner Wednesday, 19 May 2021 09:42
How lovely Dawn. The house of course is still there, but is now a private residence. Your Great Great Grandmother must have had to collect the tolls from mainly horses and carts or carriages. I can remember when they collected from cars, who else remembers that?

Paul Seward Thursday, 20 May 2021 12:55
Need you ask, Christine? Once a year the road was closed to prevent it becoming as public r
ight of way. Lord Radnor was a keen motorist and the Sunbeam Talbot Motor Club held annual speed trials down there. It made for good viewing at the bottom of the Zig Zag path, where there was a terrific bump in the road!

Christine, site owner Friday, 21 May 2021 11:37
Ha ha, now we are both showing our age Paul. I didn’t catch the speed trials though. I think I once saw a price list of tolls, and it had a different price if you just had a motorcycle versus one with a sidecar. I don’t think you had to pay on a push bike though did you?
200) Marjorie Smith (of Groncke)  Female
Location:
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA
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Friday, 23 April 2021 14:44 Write a comment

My Mother's aunt, Sophia Marie Caroline Groncke, lived at 14 Victoria Grove, Folkstone, in 1911. I've found a photo of the house but am looking for any stories about it. Apparently it may have been the home of Elizabeth A Duncombe, per the census. I've been told my great-aunt suffered from tuberculosis and was not able to travel to the US when her family came over in 1912. Would greatly appreciate any information anyone may provide! Thank you so very much!

Christine - site owner Saturday, 1 January 2022 20:30
Hi Marjorie, If you are on Facebook, may I suggest you post your question on the pages +++Blast from the Past+++ or Folkestone Past as you may have more luck getting a reply there. They have more readers than I do, and a notification method when you receive a reply. I hope you have some luck finding out about 14 Victoria Grove.
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