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133) Graham Hale 
Reading, Berks
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Monday, 15 October 2018 23:02 Write a comment

Cont. from previous entry

In the field behind our house there were Roman Remains; I think it was a villa with most of the foundations showing and a natural spring. The land was adjacent to a Pfizers warehouse. I used to go for walks around the harbour watching the Channel Ferries docking. Also my Father used to fish from the breakwater. On the Sea Front there was an Amusement Arcade and a Funicular Railcar which dated back to Victorian Times.

My Grandparents lived in Shorncliffe. My Grandfather was Manager of the Dover Labour Exchange during WW2 and received an MBE from King George for his service there during the War Years. My Father attended the Harvey Grammar School along with his Brother in the 1930,s

I am sure I have more memories of Folkestone. If I can assist in research from the 50's I would be happy to help. I now live in Reading Berkshire; but would like to revisit the town.
132) Alison Manuel  Female
Auckland, New Zealand
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Thursday, 6 September 2018 22:29 Write a comment

Lived at 18-24 Old High St( Milletts)from 1989-1982, my husband was manager. It looks very different now.
131) Alan Hall  Male
Chard, Somerset
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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 08:22 Write a comment

Recently discovered this site - and what an excellent site it is too! So - let's see if I can jog a few memories and perhaps hear from some old pals - and neighbours.

1. Schools: Attended All Souls Primary, 1954-1961; Morehall Sec. Mod., 1961 - 1966; Harvey Grammar, 1966 - 1968.

2. Born and raised in the bungalows, Cheriton. Lived there until they were demolished, circa. 1967.

3. During school summer holidays, 1966 - 1968, worked at the Boating Pool near the Rotunda. (Helping people get in & out of boats and other things to 'keep the show on the road'.)

5. Anyone recall Kingsnorth Gardens, 1950 - 1967? My father - Mr. Albert Hall - was the foreman there for that period.

6. I am related to the Bowyer family; my maternal grandmother's sister (surname Austen) lived in Somerset Road, Cheriton (circa mid- 1950's.). I am also related to the Noble Family.

7. And finally, does anyone recall the T.V and Radio repair workshop in Morehall Road, Cheriton? Originally trading under the name of Bayley and Duke. Tony Duke became a very good friend of mine and was the initiator of my life-long career in Radio and Electronics. Sadly, Mr. Bayley died from an accident circa. 1963 and then Tony passed away several years ago. He and I used to be in regular postal correspondence.

And finally - My parents passed away several years ago, and I haven't visited Folkestone since I attended the funeral of my mother, a Mrs. Rose Mary Hall. (Died aged 93 years).
130) Alan Hall  Male
Chard, Somerset
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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 18:39 Write a comment

Born in 1949; left in 1968. Childhood spent in the bungalows in Cheriton until 1966 when they were demolished. Schools: attended All Souls primary, Morehall Secondary, Harvey Grammar. There a few questions in the Photo Gallery that I can answer, so if anyone would like to enquire, please do so.
And if anyone remembers me (!), please get in contact - thank you.
129) Sue  Female
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Saturday, 25 August 2018 14:02 Write a comment

Hi - I am trying to find out if anyone else remembers a mosaic floor and well in the hills above hill road, George gurr crescent area. I have strong memories of playing there as a child of about 7 or 8, so I guess around 1956-57. I can't find any reference to it on maps etc so any information would be of interest.

David Stone Sunday, 3 March 2019 21:00
Isn't there a Roman pavillion at East Cliff that was uncovered for a while but later reburied to preserve it?

Christine - Site Owner Monday, 11 March 2019 23:05
There was a large Roman Villa uncovered on the East Cliff in the 1920's, which included a tiled floor. For a while in the early 30's it was open to the public, 4d for adults and 1d for children. Then it was covered up again until recently when it was excavated again, although a lot of it had fallen into the sea. I don't know if it is still open, or if it has been covered again. There is a page on this on my site called Roman Remains.

I haven't heard of a mosaic floor in the hills above Hill Road, unless the Smallpox Hospital had a tiled floor, as that was up there, and would have been demolished by the 50's.

Graham Hale Thursday, 26 November 2020 10:57
I lived at Wear Bay Road in Folkestone from 1953 - 1960. In the land behind our house there was a Spinney which had the remains of an old Roman Villa in it. I seem to remember some mosaic flooring.There was a natural Spring there to. It was a great place to play.
128) graham cann  Male
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Thursday, 23 August 2018 11:50 Write a comment

hi,does anyone remember the sunshine cafe cheriton a haunt for me in my younger days.i went to moorhall school had some good mates then.the corner shop used to sell cigs in a small bag for 10p.i think the head was nick named taz

Alan Hall Wednesday, 29 August 2018 07:37
Graham Cann asked about the Sunshine Cafe in Cheriton: "Does anyone remember it?"

Yes: I do! Spent many a happy evening there with my mates from the bungalows in Cheriton. Distinctly recall listening to the "Who" on the juke box they had there.
At the time, there was a rumour that the two guys who owned and run that place lived in the old Edwardian house that was halfway up the scarp face of the North Downs above West Cheriton. That building caught fire once and was burnt to the ground. I still recall standing in the back garden watching the flames.

graham Saturday, 29 September 2018 12:52
i lived in beachborough road.went out with a girl called jenny i nicknamed her sunshine went out for 3 years in the end she chucked me (i was being a right bas....)still think of her sometimes in those hot pants

graham Friday, 9 November 2018 15:51
any one remember me from morehall sec school

graham cann Friday, 19 June 2020 16:56
hi.does anybody remember me from morehall school cheriton.i lived in beachborough rd
127) Jo Milton  Female
Southend on Sea
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Friday, 3 August 2018 15:59 Write a comment

The first harbour picture is post 1940 WW2. Part of the clearance of the Beach district has been done, but the remains of bomb damaged South Street where my great grandpa had his shop are still there. I'm not certain how soon after the parachute mine damage occurred that the demolition commenced. My great grandparents had to leave their home because of the damage.
126) George  Male
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Monday, 9 July 2018 09:31 Write a comment

Sorry forgot to put Warren In front of Halt.Senor moment.
125) George  Male
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Monday, 9 July 2018 09:27 Write a comment

. Hi,Christine,
looking at the Romney Hythe light Railway site today and seeing the one you mention about approaching the Warren,i think you will find this to refers to the halt just before New Romney where there is a halt by the A259 for the visitor centre.It was built a few years ago so folk could use the train as well as car or bus.
I am pretty sure this is called the Halt.Not to be confused with Folkestone
124) Janet  Female
West Yorkshire
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Monday, 18 June 2018 17:25 Write a comment

The pictures and postcards of Hythe are fascinating - particularly those of the Martello Tower. It was my great grandfather, Arthur James Glock, who first converted it in 1928. I would be very interested to see any additional pictures or documents that you might have. Please may I have a copy of the older photo of the tower?
Thank you
123) David  Male
North of Watford
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Saturday, 21 April 2018 13:59 Write a comment

Anyone have any memories of Westbrook House School, Athelstan School or Feltonfleet School?

David Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:34
I was there for a short while in c.1959. Then moved to Cornwall.

David Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:41
I was there c.1959, who are you?

David Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:52
I organised the 2007 reunion and aM writing a history of the school. I was there 1964 - 1967 before heading off to Bethany.
122) David  Male
North of Watford
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Saturday, 21 April 2018 13:59 Write a comment

Anyone have any memories of Westbrook House School, Athelstan School or Feltonfleet School?

Andrew Larpent Tuesday, 31 December 2019 06:31
Hi, I was a pupil at Westbrook House from 1958 to 1964. Headmaster was Mr Foster. I remember him as a gentle, sometimes gruff, kind man and a wonderful teacher. As a prefect in my last year I was privileged to be taken for rides in his car after church on Sundays to Hythe where he would buy us iced lollies. I remember Sunday walks in crocodile to the Leas or to Ceasar's Camp. Great memories of a happy time while my parents were living in Germany with the Army.
121) Kathy Lundy  Female
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018 15:09 Write a comment

My great uncle, Alfred George Enderby, a gunner with the Canadian Field Artillery was stationed in the Ross Barracks at Shorncliffe Camp during the Spring of 1916. He was enrolled in the School of Musketry in Hythe.

At the moment, I am transcribing his diary that records his impressions of leaving Vancouver, British Columbia, travelling by train across Canada, crossing the North Atlantic on the HMS Missanabbie, and arriving in Plymouth in March of 1916.
He writes in detail about his impressions of Folkestone and the surrounding countryside.
He receives a weekend pass to visit his mother (my great-grandmother) in Leicester. She also comes to visit him on Easter weekend , 1916, and stays at Moore's hotel. They spend time walking around Folkestone.
Uncle Alf was only 25. Sadly, he was killed in action in Belgium in 1917.
120) Susan  Female
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Saturday, 27 January 2018 07:08 Write a comment

I went to St. Mary's Convent, no longer there and was a regular at The Acropolis, Archie's, we called it. I went out with Archie for a time, my Dad not happy! Lived in the country, Lyminge, so Folkestone was exotic to me!! Anyone else remember Archie?

Paul Seward Thursday, 1 February 2018 11:51
A very pleasant guy, and his brother Andy.
Their parents were very hard workers. The best place in town to get a salad baguette while admiring the female clientele. The place seemed to be a magnet for the Swedish girls who came over to learn the lingo. Or perhaps it was just the pulling power of the Brunts, Shrubsoles and Warrens of this world.
119) Susan  Female
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Saturday, 27 January 2018 07:08 Write a comment

I went to St. Mary's Convent, no longer there and was a regular at The Acropolis, Archie's, we called it. I went out with Archie for a time, my Dad not happy! Lived in the country, Lyminge, so Folkestone was exotic to me!! Anyone else remember Archie?
118) Eileen Guest  Female
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Saturday, 2 December 2017 07:59 Write a comment

I am the daughter of the late Jim (James) Fitzgerald who was caretaker and lollipop man at St Mary's school, Dover Road, Folkestone for 40 years. I would love to hear anyone's memories of my dad as he knew so many generations of Folkestone families.

Jackie Langford Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:19
I went to St Mary’s from around 1959 to 1966 and have very fond memories of Mr Fitzgerald as we always called him. I remember him clearly as the lollipop man to see us across the road as well as his caretaker duties. He had a cheerful smile and word for us and used to greet us as we arrived for another day at school. He also used to deliver the crates of milk to the classrooms with our free school milk, I can still see him in my memories lifting the crate up onto the boiler in our classroom as we used to like the chill taken off the milk in the winter, He was a very important person to us at the school. How lovely to be reminded of him.

Jenny Shephard Thursday, 12 April 2018 22:01
Yes I remember Mr Fitzgerald , I attended St Mary's School from 49 to 54 . Very nice man and always pleasant to the children . I believe he lived in a house , which was part of the school , now sadly half demolished .

Rosemary Woodward Friday, 13 April 2018 06:12
I went to St Mary's in the mid 60's. I remember Mr and Mrs Fitzgerald. I think they lived in the house which later became a playschool. I also remember they had a dog.

Nicky Parker Friday, 13 April 2018 06:16
Wow I remember him lovely man.
I also remember a new boy joining our class he couldn’t speak much English and he really helped him .

Kim Bell Friday, 13 April 2018 06:18
I remember mr Fitzgerald I attended St Mary’s from 62 to 68 and when I was older about 16 I bumped into him over the Rose and Crown at Rhodes Minis he had a natter with my mum remembered us all lovely man

Viv Gillespie Friday, 13 April 2018 06:20
I remember him too, lovely man..was at St Mary's for my junior years & left in 1970. He had a boxer dog named Ben.

Helen Devereese Friday, 13 April 2018 06:23
I remember him to always had a smile he was also the lollipop man he lived in the house between infants and juniors happy days.

Jesse Parsons Friday, 13 April 2018 06:27
I remember him nice very nice person.

Barbara Hughes Friday, 13 April 2018 06:30
Our mum was good friend to your mum and dad barbara philpott now hughes we had good times we all went to Scotland in the war x

Joan Brickell Friday, 13 April 2018 06:32
I remember Mr Fitzgerald when he was the lollipop man for St Mary's school in Dover Road. He and his wife lived in the little house in the centre of the school.I believe there is a memorial bench to him on the East Cliff overlooking the harbour and sands.

Beryl Swaffer Friday, 13 April 2018 06:35
I remember Mr Fitzgerald. I just remember he looked kind and nice.

Val Hibbert Friday, 13 April 2018 06:53
Yes, I remember him too. Lovely man. Same years there as Jenny above.

Tania Leighton Friday, 13 April 2018 13:49
I remember him well I went to St Mary’s school and I remember the time that his dog Ben bit his leg. Bless him he still managed to carry on with his lollipop duties etc with his leg all bandaged up. He was a lovely man and always had a kind word for us kids.

Sue Bradfield Friday, 13 April 2018 19:12
Yes I too remember your Mum & Dad Eileen. I lived at no 82 Dover Road . Mum worked in Ushers & The Little Shop for a while . My name was Susan Harris & I had a sister Gillian & a brother Martyn . Was your Mums name Molly

Andy Markwell Friday, 13 April 2018 19:33
Yes I remember Mr Fitzgerald well our caretaker and lollipop man with the dog that followed him everywhere! He was always cheerful. I was at St Mary's primary until summer 1978 great memories!

Karl Neve Friday, 13 April 2018 20:20
I'm a volunteer at the Folkestone museum & we are in the middle of auditing all the collection. The other day we photographed some pictures from the 1960's of local people & it happens that one of those was of Mr Fitzgerald. It shows him with his 'lollypop stick' in the middle of the road whilst children cross. As far as I know, due to copywrite, they can not be copied but if you enquire at the museum, you may be able to view it. I was at St Marys from 70-76. Both Mr & Mrs Fitzgerald were always very nice as I remember.

Susan Nicholson Monday, 16 April 2018 06:40
Yes I do...he had the best
Smile and white teeth and lovely dark hair...that was around 68 years ago, I was 7 and he reminded me of my dad with those features and lovely friendly nature

Debbs Heath Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:42
He had a white boxer dog. When he checked everything after school was finished he would go around with him.

Julie Peters Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:47
I remember him loveliest man I have ever met I also remember your mum as lunchtime supervisor I think lovely lady as an adult used to see your dad over Tesco going shopping always happy to chat x

Lesley Anne Woolven Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:59
Yep, I def remember Fitz and Mrs Fitz who was a dinner lady. I taught in Dover Road from 1976 until the juniors moved up to join the infants in Warren Road. Well remember Fitz going round the classrooms with a tobacco tin collecting up the maggots that fell through the gratings in the ceiling! (You see the pigeons that used to live in the loft above the classrooms had been trapped inside and died!). Oh dear!! And I also remember Fitz doing handyman tasks...a hammer was his tool of choice...even with screws! A lovely man and a great character. Him and Mrs Fitz spent a lot of their time looking after PG's children, John and Jane.

Malcolm Berry Wednesday, 18 April 2018 13:03
Mr Fitzgerald what a great fella I always used to see him lunchtime with his White boxer Ben Outside his house and next door to the school hall and remember the big pine tree outside his house as well Mrs Fitzgerald was my favourite dinner lady and she would always let me leave my cabbage and Swede so I could go out to play after lunch started in 67 - 73

Pierre Croucher Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:19
I remember Mr Fitzgerald well.Lovely man,if my memory serves me right,i heard he was a ex boxer????

verona clatworthy Friday, 22 February 2019 15:26
I attended St Mary's Primary School from about 1969 to 1974,I lived in Harbour Way,and have the best childhood memories being there...I remember Mr Fitzgerald ,also Mr Pendleberry Green,and Mrs days ever
117) Dutchie  Male
The Netherlands
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Monday, 16 October 2017 07:35 Write a comment

Hello everybody from Folkestone,

I am from the Netherlands and browsing through some of the photos from my deceased grandfather I found an interesting one. He apparently participated in a "dance match" held in Folkestone in 1951.
The photograph shows a large advertisement reading "Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone represented by Barbara Morley's team Vs. The Hague".

My grandfather was from The Hague, The Netherlands.

The ad further reads: "Adjudicators include Guy Howard and Stella Williams - Friday 3rd August, 1951. Leslie Baker and his Music with Joyce Clark".

It would be great if somebody has more info about this event, I am guessing dance events like this one were held more often in your town. I am hoping pictures from that day survived the test of time showing my grandfather..

many thanks in advance.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 1 November 2017 08:14
Goedenmiddag Dutchie

Sadly I could not find any pictures. What I can tell you is that the event was part of the Farewell Dance at the end of a week of cultural exchange organised for 160 guests from Middelburg by the Folkestone Branch of the All Nations Sports and Cultural Organisation. As you say, the Folkestone team was led by Barbara Morley, the team from The Hague being led by Johannes Constandse.

Christine - site owner Saturday, 11 November 2017 10:59
Hi Dutchy, I asked on your behalf on a Folkestone page on Facebook, and a scan of newspaper clippings were shown to me by Hilary Casey, whose mother used to take part. Not as good as a photo, but next best thing. I will send it to you by e-mail.
116) David Snow  Male
Lisboa Portugal
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Thursday, 14 September 2017 14:24 Write a comment

Marvellous site.

Christine Thursday, 14 September 2017 20:22
Thank you David! smile
115) David Cooper  Male
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Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:24 Write a comment

Interested to find this site, I live in Cheriton 1950-1970. Was wondering about 26 Grimston Gardens as being an address referred to on a birth certificate. I know we never lived there - was it a nursing/birth unit before it became a language school?

So sad to see the open air swimming pool closed and concreted, I can remember swimming there in October!


Mark Hourahane Saturday, 2 September 2017 12:07
That's quite an easy one... the School of English Studies had three properties - Flowergate, .

From 1950, Flowergate Nursing Home occupied number 26. Whilst SES started in 1957, they moved into the building in the 1960s, with the home still there at first. Consequently, it retained the name Flowergate. I can't remember the exact date offhand... around 1968, I believe.

Someone lived there whilst the nursing home was there, who had an OBE. I forget the name, though!

Mark Hourahane Saturday, 2 September 2017 16:04
Sorry, part of the message went missing... the school started in Flowergate in 1963 and expanded to include the two neighbouring properties - Middle House and Henry House.

The chap who lived in Flowergate was Edwin Herbert Edlin, OBE... and I believe that he was promoted to CBE in 1962. He was Director of Finance for the Ministry of Transport.

David Sunday, 3 September 2017 10:02
Thank you Mark. I have a vague memory that mum was away for a short while and came back with a baby brother. That would have been in September 57.
114) Lyn Christiensen  Female
Ivybridge, Devon
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Monday, 31 July 2017 14:48 Write a comment

I spent 6 very happy years in Folkestone as a boarder at Brampton Down School, to this day, I still think of the town as home. It was without doubt the loveliest town I have ever lived in.

Lyn Christiensen Monday, 31 July 2017 14:51
Forgot to say between 1963 and 1969

Barbara Smith Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:34
Dear Lyn,

I was there 58 to 64 but I can't remember hardly ever going out of the school except for long walks. how did you manage to get around and see the lovely town?

Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:38
What was your maiden name?

Lyn Christiensen Sunday, 1 October 2017 09:54
I think you must be the Barbara Smith with a sister Jenny who was in my year, rather than the younger Barbara Smith with the red hair who Mill made eat her meat standing up. - Linda Hand

Jill Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:32
I was at Brampton Down and Folkestone is no longer the town it was - it is a bit sad
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