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99) ken white  Male
Location:
wasagabeach ontario canada
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Friday, 10 March 2017 10:03 Write a comment

HI.WE LIVED IN CHERITON FROM 1939 TO 1965 MAUREEN BAILEY WAS MY WIFE HAD TWO KIDS. I WENT TO MOREHALL AND SHE WENT TO HARCOURT SCHOOL.I USED TO WORK ON RAILWAY AT THE JUNCTION

caroline smith Friday, 10 March 2017 13:49
I did see the ebay photo, but it was after the sale had ended, contacted the seller to see if I could buy it as it was unsold but didn't hear back, which is a shame. With regards to the garden, unfortunately when we bought it, it was so overgrown we had to have 28 trees cut down and clear everything except trees with TPO's, give me a few years and I promise I will start to make it look like a garden again! Still renovating the house....its taking some time!! Two years in, hopefully be finished by the end of this year.
98) Caroline Smith 
Location:
Sandgate
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017 23:58 Write a comment

I have recently moved to Sandgate, into a house called Leas Crag, Radnor Cliff Crescent. Have been trying to find out some history on it but can’t find anything other than it was built by Otto Marx in the early 1930’s.

My house runs along the footpath; ending from Radnor Cliff Crescent up to The Leas. Its the footpath where the old tram used to run from Sandgate Hill which closed around the end of the second world war if that helps.

Be great if anyone has any history for me.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 8 March 2017 05:46
A good place to start is with the Deeds of your property. Leas Crag was built for Alderman R.G. Wood, sometime Mayor of Folkestone. He was, ex officio, a Justice of the Peace and the proprietor of a Gents' Outfitters at the top end of Tontine Street.
The house was built in the southwest corner of a Sports Ground stretching all the way to the Metropole. It incorporated a nine-hole golf course. The railway ran from the end of the Leas on the opposite side of the path. The bridge abutments on Radnor Cliff Crescent are still in situ.

All I can find out from the local paper is that he had trouble with the heron visiting the pond at the bottom of your garden. From personal memory I believe that the property may have offered residential accommodation to elderly people in the early 70s.

Christine- website owner Wednesday, 8 March 2017 08:35
That's great Paul, I had nothing on that house. Seems to me I remember R.G. Wood, and the shop, do you know the years he was in office? I was looking at the area on Google Street View yesterday, and was looking closely at those abutments, they almost look like castle walls. I didn't know that the railway had gone across a bridge there. I love days when I learn more about my home town - thank you, and thank you Caroline for asking the question.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 8 March 2017 11:47
R G Wood - Mayor of Folkestone 1935-41, followed by George Gurr. I should have made clear that the Sports Ground had the Golf Course and not the house! The course was roughly where Cliff Road is now. Good pix on Britain from Above.

Christine Wednesday, 8 March 2017 12:12
Oh, then I don't remember him, I am not quite that old! smile I have come across his name many times though.

caroline smith Thursday, 9 March 2017 16:15
I am so delighted that you have some news on my house, thats the first bit of information that I have managed to receive! My husband is delighted, yet sad that there was a golf course at the rear of the house, but not longer there!! Have tried to find deeds but they no longer exist. Also, there is a strange concrete bunker about four feet to the side of the house, have asked structural engineers, architects, the council, we are all bemused, even a friend of mine who is very interested in strange structures......no one can work it out! Be great if anyone has any ideas, almost looks like a pigsty but walls are very thick and have a ramp leading up to the?? Am so delighted that I have heard back from you, thank you so so much!!

Christine Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:29
I believe Wood Avenue was named after R G Wood wasn't it Paul?

No idea about the bunker, does it have a top on it? Is it big enough for people to get inside? Wondering if he had his own air raid shelter built.

caroline smith Friday, 10 March 2017 11:17
HI Christine, Yes, the bunker/pigsty has a roof, and room for about ten people, so long as they crouch down! I absolutely love this site, both you and Paul have been so helpful, I finally have some history for the house! Thank you, be great if there is any more info out there!

Christine Friday, 10 March 2017 13:24
I was browsing E-bay on the off chance there might be an old photo of your house, and found this, dated 1930. Unfortunately, the photo is sold, and the listing ended, but this is probably how it looked when first built, I imagine the garden looks a lot nicer these days with maturity. It looks to be a beautiful home, I am very envious of you Caroline! smile

Christine Friday, 10 March 2017 13:32
Looking again at that listing, it appears the photo didn't sell, so if you are interested, you might still be able to buy it if you contact the seller. The listing is here: [www.ebay.co.uk]

caroline smith Friday, 10 March 2017 14:02
caroline smith 11 minutes ago
I did see the ebay photo, but it was after the sale had ended, contacted the seller to see if I could buy it as it was unsold but didn't hear back, which is a shame. With regards to the garden, unfortunately when we bought it, it was so overgrown we had to have 28 trees cut down and clear everything except trees with TPO's, give me a few years and I promise I will start to make it look like a garden again! Still renovating the house....its taking some time!! Two years in, hopefully be finished by the end of this year

Paul Seward Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:40
Wood Avenue indeed named after Alderman R.G. Wood in a similar gesture as George Gurr Crescent, Penfold Road and others. I'm very interested in Caroline's mention of a bunker as I know that there is a similar construction not far away. More anon on that one.

Paul Seward Friday 13:07
Having visited the bunker I reckon that it is an air raid shelter. It has a six-inch thick concrete roof, with the entrance facing the house. Being built on sloping ground, Leas Crag was probably not suitable for an Anderson. The construction close by has been blocked off but I have arranged with the owner to open it up again at some stage. It is boarded up at the end but the accessible sides are constructed of railway sleeper interspersed with brick, so probably another homemade shelter.

Christine Friday 13:25
Thank you for checking this Paul, it's so nice to be proved right! lol
97) David Connolly  Male
Location:
Canberra Australia
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:35 Write a comment

Greetings from sunny Canberra in Australia. My connection with Folkestone started in 1956 when my family moved to Cheriton (RMA) from Australia. I attended Sir John Moore Primary School and benefitted greatly from the dedicated teachers like Mrs Clayton, Ms Hollis and Mr Elsemore. Two of my siblings and their families remain residents in the area. After leaving Primary School in 1961, I attended Brockhill CSS in Saltwood until 1966. I have many fond memories of this school especially travelling to school by steam train from Folkestone West to Sandling. Jack Setterfield was the Principal at the time. (more memories to follow).
96) Linda Allen  Female
Location:
East Sussex
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017 04:25 Write a comment

Looking at the photos, have realised that dad's best friend was Ted Sellen, son of Jesse.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 1 March 2017 11:26
No doubt you've been on GSV, where, at No. 67 Canterbury Road, the painted advert is still visible (just)
95) Linda Allen  Female
Location:
East Sussex
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017 04:19 Write a comment

loved your website. brought back so many happy memories. My dad, Henry Herbert Thomas Allen, was born and raised in Folkestone and was head boy at Sidney Street School (lived next door). His best friend was Jesse Sellen, the butcher, and we would visit him when we came to Folkestone to stay with my aunt in Ingoldsby Road each year. I was actually searching for a photo or reference to the Pavilion laundry where my nan worked when I discovered your wonderful site.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 1 March 2017 11:40
Hi Linda

Clicked the wrong reply button - see the article below
94) Penny Ansell  Female
Location:
Yorkshire
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:30 Write a comment

Does any one remember going to TOFTS for dancing and listening to bands in the 60's We used to get really good ones there Like Geno Washington, Georgie Fame etc.,

Ruth Clampitt Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:10
Yes every Friday and Sunday, Saturdays usually went to the Leas Cliff Hall. Saw Rufus Thomas at Gifts, great memories.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 1 March 2017 11:38
Folkestone Herald - 27.04.29

The demolition of the old Pavilion Laundry, in later years called the Reliance, reminds us of the time when the Royal Pavilion Hotel was owned by the South Eastern Railway. The laundry was exclusively devoted to the washing from the hotel, and this gave employment considerable number of hands. Hereabouts, too, were the Pavilion Gardens where vegetables and flowers were also grown for the hotel use. The Pavilion piggeries—models of cleanliness —were also included in this area. These members of the porcine breed served double purpose in the fact that they gobbled the hotel “wash” (sic) together with an added supply of barley meal, with the result the Pavilion Hotel could boast that the pork supplied its customers was fed and bred its own farm. The land on which the laundry and the gardens stood at one time to the South Eastern Railway. This was, in later years, acquired by a syndicate who erected on part of the site Watkin, Russell and Bonsor roads, after three successive chairmen, viz., the late Sir Edward Watkin, Sir George Russell, and Mr. Cosmo Bonsor. The old Pent stream meandered, too, through here. There was plenitude of foliage, a pretty little cottage and a rustic bridge filled in the picture. This all belongs to the past, but the names have mentioned, together with Pavilion Road, perpetuate the connection with the South Eastern Railway and the hotel.

JAYNE L WATSON Saturday, 11 March 2017 14:48
I remember Tofts well, Fridays and Sundays, sure I saw T Rex there once. Saturdays the Leas, Amen Corner!!
93) Roger Joyce  Male
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Friday, 27 January 2017 03:40 Write a comment

does anyone have any pictures of 8-10 Trinity Crescent - the old Meyrick court Hotel?

Paul Seward Friday, 27 January 2017 16:40
Hoi Roger
I believe Danny Hallett is still in town - he should be able to help you.
92) Evan Owen  Male
Location:
Welsh Wales
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Monday, 9 January 2017 11:12 Write a comment

I saw the photos of Queen Alexandra House in Earls Avenue, Folkestone.I was wondering if anyone has any old pics of 24-26 Earls Avenue.

Paul Seward Tuesday, 17 January 2017 10:12
A much better angle on this one
[www.britainfromabove.org.uk]
Note how every available open space has a tennis court or two!
91) Tony Carr  Male
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Friday, 23 December 2016 07:59 Write a comment

I think the car being hoisted onto or off a boat in the harbour was crossing on the Autocarrier. As far as I remember it just carried cars and presumably their drivers - it was rather small compared with the ferries but there probably wasn't much motor traffic. My father was CID officer on the harbour 1946-51. One day when I was perhaps 8 yrs old my father and I were on the Canterbury and he was chatting to the captain I noticed we were moving and that was my first trip to Boulogne. I remember the harbour there still in ruins.

Paul Seward Friday, 23 December 2016 11:31
I'm sure you're right, Tony. One day the rope broke, depositing the vehicle unceremoniously onto the quayside. The Monte Carlo Rally cars used to call into Autopilots for a quick service before going over.

Paul Seward Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:34
Best available is at
[www.britainfromabove.org.uk]
zoom in to see the properties in 1931.
90) Michael Ford  Male
Location:
Sydney , Australia
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Sunday, 18 December 2016 22:33 Write a comment

Our family owned and operated the Devonshire Hotel from 1958 to 1962, Leslie & Marjorie Ford my parents arrived from Australia late 1957. Our neighbours were the Rockett family next door including their labrador dog who I used to play with.I have fond memories of the High St.and the coffee bars including Mick who owned El Toredo's, Acropolis (Archie), Morellis, That cinema at the top of the High St(we used to sneak in for free), camping at the Warren, dancing at Toffs Jazz Club, I also used to work on the cross channel ferries across the road during the school holidays, which was fun. I could go on! but it would take too long. Its a Great resource you have created and I will drop in again.
89) Ian Tyler  Male
Location:
Hythe
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016 15:04 Write a comment

Folkestone rock pool
I knew the rock pool well as I swam there from 1957 until 1964 Ish with Folkestone swimming club. Sam Rockett trained me to swim the channel but Life moved on and never achieved my goal. I knew Janet Rockett more than her brother as we did life saving training in winter on the wooden floor. I have a photo of Folkestone swimming club in the rock pool from the newspaper about late 50's
88) Ian Tyler  Male
Location:
Hythe
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016 15:03 Write a comment

Folkestone rock pool
I knew the rock pool well as I swam there from 1957 until 1964 Ish with Folkestone swimming club. Sam Rockett trained me to swim the channel but Life moved on and never achieved my goal. I knew Janet Rockett more than her brother as we did life saving training in winter on the wooden floor. I have a photo of Folkestone swimming club in the rock pool from the newspaper about late 50's

Penny Ansell Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:14
Hi Ian, I have just seen your reply to my question about the rock pool. I would love to see the photo that you have if possible. You can email me at penansell@gmail.com
87) Steven West  Male
Location:
Plymouth, Devon, UK
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016 06:42 Write a comment

I was born 200 yards from the Clifftop Cafe in Capel, so some fond memories of running up and down the Warren as a kid when visiting grandparents. My father used to work at the cafe when it was owned by a man called Vic and tells of going up and down the warren daily, selling ice creams on the beach. Used to be a very busy place. There are two cave like areas in the cliffs, off the paths, that were gun placements in WW2 and these are not too far below the cafe, but no doubt now overgrown. Its been years since I have walked down there, but am there this Christmas so may go down and have a look.....
86) Steven West  Male
Location:
Plymouth, Devon, UK
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016 06:42 Write a comment

I was born 200 yards from the Clifftop Cafe in Capel, so some fond memories of running up and down the Warren as a kid when visiting grandparents. My father used to work at the cafe when it was owned by a man called Vic and tells of going up and down the warren daily, selling ice creams on the beach. Used to be a very busy place. There are two cave like areas in the cliffs, off the paths, that were gun placements in WW2 and these are not too far below the cafe, but no doubt now overgrown. Its been years since I have walked down there, but am there this Christmas so may go down and have a look.....
85) Peter White  Male
Location:
Hythe
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:49 Write a comment

I wonder if you were a schoolgirl when living in Court-at-Street in the late 1950s early 1960s? When I worked at a grit factory in Aldington I would ride my blue Norton motorbike through Lympne then past the Welcome Stranger where quite a few school children would be waiting for the school bus. I am sorry to admit I used to ride as fast as possible past the waiting children in order to show off. I never gave a thought to any danger to the children so if you were one of those children I apologise most sincerely.

Christine- website owner Thursday, 1 December 2016 20:04
Ha a, that's funny. It wasn't me though, I didn't ever catch the bus from there, I used to ride my bike to Newingreen, leave it in the garage there, and catch the bus into Folkestone for school.
84) Alan Blackman  Male
Location:
Kansas City USA
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Saturday, 26 November 2016 15:24 Write a comment

Firstly - fantastic site. Spent hours pouring over the photos and stories.
I lived in Hawkinge and attended Harvey from 1971- 1976
Our house backed onto the aerodrome as it was. Many happy memories of discovering new treasures buried out there. Attended more than one dig when we uncovered such beauties as ME 109's
Amazing times!
Worked down the Old High Street growing up firstly in the Joke Shop demonstrating the latest tricks, then for Ray H? Engraving ID bracelets in the shop window and selling mugs with people names on to the tourists. Got in the newspaper the day the 2nd world war shop next door caught fire and we had to douse the wallets on the inside of our shop on the top floor to stop it from burning too !!
Happy days !!
83) Alan Blackman  Male
Location:
Kansas City USA
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Saturday, 26 November 2016 15:14 Write a comment

Firstly - fantastic site. Spent hours pouring over the photos and stories.
I lived in Hawkinge and attended Harvey from 1971- 1976
Our house backed onto the aerodrome as it was. Many happy memories of discovering new treasures buried out there. Attended more than one dig when we uncovered such beauties as ME 109's
Amazing times!
Worked down the Old High Street growing up firstly in the Joke Shop demonstrating the latest tricks, then for Ray H? Engraving ID bracelets in the shop window and selling mugs with people names on to the tourists. Got in the newspaper the day the 2nd world war shop next door caught fire and we had to douse the wallets on the inside of our shop on the top floor to stop it from burning too !!
Happy days !!
82) Alan Blackman  Male
Location:
Kansas City USA
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Saturday, 26 November 2016 15:14 Write a comment

Firstly - fantastic site. Spent hours pouring over the photos and stories.
I lived in Hawkinge and attended Harvey from 1971- 1976
Our house backed onto the aerodrome as it was. Many happy memories of discovering new treasures buried out there. Attended more than one dig when we uncovered such beauties as ME 109's
Amazing times!
Worked down the Old High Street growing up firstly in the Joke Shop demonstrating the latest tricks, then for Ray H? Engraving ID bracelets in the shop window and selling mugs with people names on to the tourists. Got in the newspaper the day the 2nd world war shop next door caught fire and we had to douse the wallets on the inside of our shop on the top floor to stop it from burning too !!
Happy days !!
81) Trevor  Male
Location:
Gravesend
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:49 Write a comment

Just been reminiscing over the pictures of Moyle Tower on the seafront in Hythe. In the late 60's our school took over the place three years running for a week in May. A creepy old place, with drafty cabins in the gardens decked out with unstable bunk beds. Strange tasting cocoa before bed each night. Great times.
80) Kai  Male
Location:
Capel-le-Ferne
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Thursday, 18 August 2016 15:07 Write a comment

I'm sure The Roach Pond was so named because it contained lots of Roach fish Rutilus Rutilus.

I used to fish a lot there as a kid. It's a shames it's all but gone.

Christine - website owner Thursday, 18 August 2016 23:05
Thank you Ka, that would make perfect sense. I am surprised though, because I always assumed the pond would have been salt water, being so close to the sea, but I guess it couldn't have been if it had Roach in it.

Come to think of it though, I have a photo of cattle drinking from it, so yes, it must have been fresh water.

Thanks again for the information.
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