Folkestone Memories

Folkestone Then & Now Guestbook

Sign the Guestbook
Folkestone Memories
Thanks for visiting my website. Please leave your comments...
Total Entries: 232   Entries Viewed Per Page: 20
[1] 2 3 ... 12
Search    for  
Name Comments
232) Chris Whitehead  Male
Location:
Storrington, West Sussex
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/121.0.0.0 Safari/537.36
Thursday, 8 February 2024 09:40 Write a comment

My great grandfather ran a grocer shop in Dover Street at No 119. I am seeking any information on this. Thank you.
231) Chris Whitehead  Male
Location:
Storrington, West Sussex
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/121.0.0.0 Safari/537.36
Thursday, 8 February 2024 09:40 Write a comment

My great grandfather ran a grocer shop in Dover Street at No 119. I am seeking any information on this. Thank you.
230) John Perrott  Male
Location:
Maldon Essex
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/120.0.0.0 Safari/537.36
Thursday, 25 January 2024 16:53 Write a comment

Hi - stumbled across you great site when I was searching for photographs of Folkestone Warren. My family lived in Wear Bay road from about 1949 to the early 60's. That was before any of the houses and the Phizer factory was built and the road was only roughly surfaced - whereas Stanbury Crescent was just shingle surface. I was at St Eanswythe's school in the town until 1951 when I went to the Harvey. The head at the primary school was a Mr. Williams who was probably one of the most brilliant teachers I've ever met! So a belated (very) thank you to him. My whole childhood was spent playing in and around the Warren - long before it became a caravan site. Finding fossils at Copt Point, scrambling up the chalk cliffs - how we didn't kill ourselves I don't know! I was a bit of a bird-watcher in my teens, and I can remember counting 11 nightingales singing in the Warren one April in about 1953.
My summer job when I was at college was as a deckchair attendant on the Leas - military band every afternoon and most evenings, and the whole of the grass area on the Leas would have been littered with deck chairs. Moved away from the town about 60 years ago - but still visit occasionally when we're down that what. Miss the cross channel ships but what they have done to the old harbour arm looks promising! Memories!

Chas Ruler Tuesday, 12 March 2024 12:34
We're the Hughes family working the deck chairs at that time, father and 2 sons?
229) Gerard Charmley  Male
Location:
Leeds, West Yorkshire
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/120.0.0.0 Safari/537.36
Wednesday, 10 January 2024 13:05 Write a comment

Re. the image of F. Gilbert's shop with the Langleys van - the two people are Frank Gilbert, the proprietor (my great-grandfather), and his daughter, Margery Gilbert. I remember Margery when she was in her 90's - I believe she died in the 1990's. She never married. Her youngest sister was my grandmother.
228) john  Male
Location:
Hawkinge
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_7) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/17.1.2 Safari/605.1.15
Monday, 4 December 2023 16:24 Write a comment

Born in Folkestone in 1958 and lived in Folkestone since, spent many a childhood hour playing at the hills and fishing in the mill pond that was filled in to facilitate the M20 and is now the roundabout at the bottom of the hills. Nice to see the photos as it once all was prior to the channel tunnel and shopping estate. Progress they say.
227) Susan Browne 
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/109.0.0.0 Safari/537.36
Tuesday, 8 August 2023 19:57 Write a comment

I was born in Folkestone and lived there for a mere seven years before we
moved to Dover. Of course we carried on visiting the place,
and I have fond memories.

I went to Robin Nursery School from the age of 2, run by a Miss
Gregory. I still have a board game of Sorry that she gave me. The nursery
was situated somewhere near Kingsnorth Gardens. After that school I
joined my sisters at St Margaret's and enjoyed the music, dancing
and speech and drama they were so good at. The school produced
pantomimes that were performed in the Winter Gardens Theatre.
My sister, four years older, was in charge of tkaing me home by bus. We
walked past a farm in Jointon Road, to the bus stop and then
rode up to the Black Bull Pub, and on home in Dolphin's Road
Continued below....
226) Susan Browne 
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/109.0.0.0 Safari/537.36
Tuesday, 8 August 2023 19:56 Write a comment

Continued from above
Before those days, my mother took me to the sandy beach with those
arched alcoves on hot days. These was a smell there, like fish and
salt and urine. A few years ago I revisited and that smell was still there!

Once, my mother said I could go and meet my eldest sister from school.
I misunderstood her and walked all the way to Radnor Park by
the back roads asI remembered the route from the one time we had gone by
foot to school. I played in teh concrete culvert there, which
I had never been allowed to do, then thought my sister might have passed
by without my seeing her, so went back home to find my parents
distraught and on the verge of phoning the police. They said I was
lost, but i said I wasn't because I knew where I was!
To be continued below...
225) Susan Browne 
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/109.0.0.0 Safari/537.36
Tuesday, 8 August 2023 19:54 Write a comment

Cont. from above...
Another time, when living at Dover, and I think I was about 11, I went
with a friend on the bus to the seawater swimming pool in Folkestone.
I can't remember if we swam, but I was never allowed to go in the
Rotunda Amusement Arcade so we thought we would. I remember going
in the over 18 "What the butler Saw" section which had flippy postcards
of ladies getting undressed. I didn't get the over 18 bit as I saw my
mother dressing and undressing all the time! We went on the penny
machines, meaning to not touch our bus fare home, but inevitably we did.
I like to think my friend was the one who ate into her fare first then
we kept trying to get it back but lost the lot in the end. We had to walk
all the way back to Dover, in our sandals. Luckily we were not bothered
by any "offers of lifts". Then a little visit to watch aniseed twist
being made in Andy Amos's and home. I didn't tell my parents about that
adventure for many years!

Thank you for this opportunity for sharing these memories. If anyone
remembers Miss Gregory and knows whether she kept the Robin
School going, I would love to know. I had a happy time there.
224) Sara  Female
Location:
Southend on Sea
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/112.0.0.0 Safari/537.36 Edg/112.0.1722.48
Wednesday, 19 April 2023 19:21 Write a comment

My nan, nee Lily Milton, b1901,grew up in South Street where her father had a small wet fish shop. Her best friend was Noelia Skegia whose family ran the restaurant.
I would LOVE to be able to have copies of the two old pictures of South Street. It is so frustrating to have heard all my nan's old stories, but not to be able to see where they happened. Those pictures are just not available anywhere to buy.
223) graham cann  Male
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (X11; CrOS x86_64 14816.131.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/103.0.0.0 Safari/537.36
Wednesday, 29 March 2023 13:38 Write a comment

Looking to find a Jenifer Sharp who lived in Cheriton near the Nail Box pub.I used to go out with you in the early 70s
222) Matt Meredith  Male
Location:
Nova Scotia
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 9; SM-A102U) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/110.0.0.0 Mobile Safari/537.36
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
Location:
Nottinghamshire
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/109.0.0.0 Safari/537.36 Edg/109.0.1518.55
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
Location:
Scotland
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/108.0.0.0 Safari/537.36 Edg/108.0.1462.54
Wednesday, 21 December 2022 07:53 Write a comment

Hi
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.
Cheers
Rob
219) Ian Murton  Male
Location:
Suffolk
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_7) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/15.5 Safari/605.1.15
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
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 10; SAMSUNG SM-G960F/G960FXXSEFUA1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) SamsungBrowser/17.0 Chrome/96.0.4664.104 Mobile Safari/537.36
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?

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
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (X11; CrOS x86_64 14695.85.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/102.0.0.0 Safari/537.36
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
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 15_3_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/15.3 Mobile/15E148 Safari/604.1
Thursday, 14 April 2022 08:56 Write a comment

Hello everyone.
Iíve enjoyed looking at the pictures of your fabulous town. Iím 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
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/99.0.4844.84 Safari/537.36
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
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/97.0.4692.99 Safari/537.36
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 didnít know his name. So thank you for that. If you canít find Alan, let me know and I will put you in touch.
213) Liz Taylor  Female
Location:
Folkestone Kent
IP logged Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/97.0.4692.71 Safari/537.36
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
View RSS Feed
[1] 2 3 ... 12
Administration
Powered by Lazarus Guestbook from carbonize.co.uk
Click above picture to return to Folkestone Then & Now Index page
To read the entries in the old guestbook, click HERE

Note:  You will no longer be able to post in the old book, it is for reference only.
Photo copyright Ian Mansfield
Your e-mail address is mandatory in order to post a message or a reply, but it will be hidden from the page.  It will never be used for any purpose other than to possibly contact you if you get an answer to a query you posted.
Because we have had a problem with advertisements being placed here, we have switched the security to a Folkestone question and answer.  If you want to make a legitimate post here, but don't know the answer to the question, please e-mail me at folkestonethenandnow@gmail.com  explaining a little of why you are posting, and I will give you the answer.  Hint:  it is one word, all in lower case letters.
ATTENTION: It appears you can only post to this guestbook if you are on a desktop computer. I have tested it with both an Ipad and a desktop, and it will only post from the latter. I will look for a more inclusive guestbook, but in the meantime, please accept my apologies.