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17) Elliott Sampford 
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Heighington, Lincolnshire
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 23:53 Write a comment

I congratulate you on your excellent, informative and memory jogging website. Although my family didn't move to Folkestone until the end of 1951, when I was three years old, I always consider it as my home town. I left the area in 1967 when I enlisted into the Army.


During the period I lived in the following locations: Folkestone - Dover Road, London Street, The Bayle Steps (connection from the Old High Street to Bayle Street [If I remember there were only two houses])Cheriton Road, (close to the junction with Radnor Park West); and Hythe - West Parade,(either at the junction with Albert Road or Ormonde Road).

My schooling was at Dover Road Primary (as I always knew it until visiting this website), Christ Church Primary, and Brockhill County Secondary for Boys in Saltwood, Hythe.

I have spent many enjoyable hours looking into different facets of the website, but I feel I've only scratched the surface of the depth of information you have meticulously brought together.

Continued next post.....
16) Elliott Sampford  Male
Location:
Heighington, Lincolnshire
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 23:39 Write a comment

Continued from above message:

I have only just become aware of your site during the early stages of my research into my younger years in the Folkestone, Hythe and Stelling Minnis area. I'm planning on writing articles on different episodes of my life there, for my personal weblog.

One of the exciting facts that I have come across within the 'Buildings' section (page 2) is the photograph of the St. Mary's National School in Dover Road. I believe it is in fact what I referred to earlier as just Dover Road Primary. In November 1951 we moved into 78 Dover Road when my parents owned the Elliot's Dairy shop; which was on the corner with Charlotte Street. The school was on the opposite side of the road. I think I used to enter school by the gate shown on the left of the picture. Unfortunately the business didn't survive so it may not be shown in your 1958 Kelly's.

A further pleasant surprise is that in the 'Hotel' section you have the photograph of the Garden House Hotel. Sometime either side of 1960 my mother worked in the hotel. I believe she was possibly in the reception/administration section.
15) Nicola  Female
Location:
Powys, Wales
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Monday, 25 August 2014 12:37 Write a comment

My father was born in Folkestone and went to school at St Nicholas School, I have a lovely photo of the class in 1951 taken by 'Lambert Weston & Son of 106 sandgate road. Does any one know any more about the school? I am doing a memory book for his 70th Birthday!

Christine (site owner) Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:00
I don't remember a school by this name Nicola. Do you happen to know where in Folkestone it was located? There is a St. Nicholas Nursery school now in Wiltie Gardens Folkestone, but it is a nursery school situated in a house.

Christine (site owner) Wednesday, 27 August 2014 20:35
I have sent you an e-mail to let you know that I have one school listed on my Buildings page as that name, but it was an all girls private school which closed in 1924. However, I have no record of whether it re-opened as a boys school, or a co-ed.

Paul Seward Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:30
St.Nicholas School was in Wiltie Gardens.

Christine - website owner Tuesday, 10 February 2015 22:24
Thank you Paul. Do you know if it was once a boys' school, or co-ed? As I mentioned above, it was a girls private school until 1924, then I have no information until currently, where it is now a nursery school.

Paul Seward Friday, 1 May 2015 10:57
At last I have had an opportunity to speak to a former pupil. It was co-ed up to 1941 and then re-opened after the war as, I believe, a boys'school. I can remember the green caps with a StN badge. All uniforms sold in those days at Broadleys in Sandegate Road.

Christine - site owner Saturday, 2 May 2015 01:04
Thank you Paul, I appreciate the effort you have gone to on this, and I am sure Nicola will too if she comes back.
14) Anthony Surridge  Male
Location:
Newingreen, Kent, CT21 4JB
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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:21 Write a comment

Hello, My father was an RSM with 2nd Bn The Buffs during WW2 and towards the end of WW2 my mother, two brothers and I lived in one of the two warrant offer's quarters which are only yards to the west of the large military church at Shorncliffe (now a theatre). The houses are still there. I can remember (1947) starting school at the age of 5 in the Shorncliffe primary school (I think it was called the Sir John Moore's School) which was located in the grass to the north side of, but close to, the church. Close to where we lived (at the Shorncliffe terminal bus-stop of the old East Kent Route 99) was a post office and a large building which served as an 'over-ranks' mess.I'm sure it was called Montgomery Home. On the grass, close to the school were two bungalows which were used as Officers' married quarters. I can remember that a captain (of the Education Corps) lived in one,with his family, because I started school with his eldest son. I can remember the Sunday morning church parades which were held on the playing fields just south of our house. We watched from my bedroom window. The soldiers would then march into the large military church. Except for my own times in the forces, and absence due to business, I have lived in the Folkestone vicinity ever since and have witnessed many changes.

George.Hills Saturday, 30 January 2016 10:42
Hi yes you have got the name of the large building right it was indeed called Montgomery home.I lived for many years in Risboro Lane just up from the Victoria pub and and can remember what was called the manage where the Cavalry used to train.Now of course married quarters.
13) Pam Carwardine 
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 21:50 Write a comment

Last week I visited Hythe for the first time since I was 17 years old. My parents, three sisters and I used to holiday there during the 1950ís. We would rent a cottage in Stade Street and self cater. Our connection with Hythe started when my mother convalesced there a few times after being unwell during pregnancies. My father worked for London Transport at the time. I feel I sure I stayed with her as well and can remember there being only women and children. I could remember the name of the home was Philbeach but couldnít remember where it was when we visited last week, therefore I was delighted when I arrived home and looked on Google to find the website with all the photographs especially those of Philbeach. The canal is just as lovely as it was and my most vivid memory was of the Fete that I am sure we saw every year. Having become reacquainted with Hythe I shall visit again soon.

Thank you so much to the lady who put the photographs on the site.

Pam Carwardine
12) freddy jones  Male
Location:
hoddesdon, herts
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Friday, 1 August 2014 13:46 Write a comment

Hi there. Way back in 1952 I joined the "Maid of Orleans" at Dover and then spent rest of the season sailing between Folkestone and Boulogne as an assistant steward. Hard work, but lots of fun and I shall long remember it. Silver service then, cars winched on board,carrying baggage on a shoulder strap down the gangway to the Paris train. All those wonderful tips (kitchews"), running across the harbour late at night with contraband ciggies and booze! I am in my eighties now hoping for reincarnation and a chance to sail on the "Maid" again backwards and forwards forever!! Au revoir.

Hills Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:23
Hi did you by any chance know any of the Whitingstall bros who used to work in the engine room?
I never worked on her but had many trips back and forwards on her happy day's.
I too am in my eighties.

mick marsh Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:21
hi i wonder if you remember my dad ableseaman bert marsh,and his mate was a bloke called jocker hudson they was on the maid of orleans,i was born in folk 1958 and still here today but the town has changed so much :)
11) freddy jones  Male
Location:
hoddesdon, herts
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Friday, 1 August 2014 13:46 Write a comment

Hi there. Way back in 1952 I joined the "Maid of Orleans" at Dover and then spent rest of the season sailing between Folkestone and Boulogne as an assistant steward. Hard work, but lots of fun and I shall long remember it. Silver service then, cars winched on board,carrying baggage on a shoulder strap down the gangway to the Paris train. All those wonderful tips (kitchews"), running across the harbour late at night with contraband ciggies and booze! I am in my eighties now hoping for reincarnation and a chance to sail on the "Maid" again backwards and forwards forever!! Au revoir.

brian jones Friday, 24 March 2017 14:29
Hello my name is Lorraine Sherwood my dad and mum worked on the maid of Orleans there names was ron and reg Sherwood
10) Colin 
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Saturday, 21 June 2014 14:14 Write a comment

Hi I was just browsing on the PC and came across your page, I now live in Australia, about 60 miles south of Brisbane at Surfers Paradise and my home town is Folkestone.

During the war we went to Bideford in Devon until about 1943 and we lived at 113 Surrenden Road and the place was swamped with Canadians.

The fields at the top of the road towards the hills were full of AA Guns and the brickworks were just over the back of the fields and there was a very deep pit full of water with old fuel tanks from aircraft that made great rafts. This was Quested Brickworks as I remember, and a great place to play until my mum found out.

Hawkinge Aerodrome was up the top of the hills and was attacked on many occasions and your picture of bombs in the sea was possibly due to German aircraft dumping them anywhere to increase speed of getaway.


My grandparents were Mayor/Mayoress George and Matilda Gurr killed by a parachute mine on 29th May 1941 and my father was Police Sergeant Ernest Walter Swann who escape with injuries and was killed in a cricketing accident in August 1947 due to a fractured skull from being blown up by the parachute mine.

Incidentally the bunker down the Road of Remembrance was something to do with the Navy because I saw a sailor complete with webbing and rifle doing sentry duty outside the door but that was all.

I hope this was of some interest, Cheers Colin
9) Theresa Fowler  Female
Location:
Cheriton
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Wednesday, 7 May 2014 10:33 Write a comment

I have just looked through the Folkestone Churches - it is fantastic that you have brought so much history together - thank you

can't wait to look at some of the others now!!
8) linda hilton  Female
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Monday, 5 May 2014 14:48 Write a comment

Very interesting, seeing old pictures of the Warren, it was indeed the Marsh family who ran the tearooms , my best friend Carol's family .Her brother is a councillor in the town now and used to be mayor, Paul Marsh.
7) George.Hills  Male
Location:
Palmarsh
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Friday, 2 May 2014 14:37 Write a comment

Hi the picture of the troops marching military road is as Alan say's is indeed Risboro Lane,the Victoria Pub which is now
turned into flats is the tall building a little further up.My grandparents used to
live in the 2nd and 3rd house past there,When they passed away i lived there and we used to be able to sit in our front
room and watch the Cavalry training until
it became married quarters.
6) George.Hills  Male
Location:
Palmarsh
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Friday, 2 May 2014 08:41 Write a comment

I have just been looking at your latest pictures showing the coastal park,though i live in Shepway i have never visited there.looks great also all the pictures of Kingsnorth Gardens.I'm afraid it does not look like that now,I had my brother and family down from Scotland last year and we visited them,the ponds were covered in weed
as were the gardens.the only tidy part was at the entrance near Cheriton rd.
5) George  Male
Location:
Palmarsh
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Sunday, 27 April 2014 13:13 Write a comment

Hi,Christine,
Your new section for the R/H/D/seems to coming on a treat.I think the new Guestbook
will a big improvement on the old one.
Good luck.
George.
4) David Richardson  Male
Location:
Victoria, B.C., Canada
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:27 Write a comment

From a 1916 newspaper (Victoria Colonist)

Our fellow townsman, Capt. F. Richardson, seems to be making a name for himself in the Training Division. After leaving the 47th.Battalion (col. Winsby's) he was transferred to the Training centre at Shorncliffe and soon obtained a brigade staff appointment, where he has been very successful in training men for France at Hythe.

We understand from Major J.C. Harris that Richardson is to be gazetted shortly, as chief musketry officer to the Canadian Field Artillery. Brig. Gen. N.C. Harston stated openly that Richardson was the greatest instructor in the Canadian Service. This is a tribute from so high an official.

Major Harris states that Capt. Richardson has made a new rifle out of the Ross model that eclipses any other arm in use here. He has modeled it after the Enfield and put on a centre feed, which, when fired at Hythe, showed itself to be easily the most rapid firer, and easily fired. We expect to hear that the short Ross with the improvements will be accepted and adopted. The pattern is easily the best balanced that I have come across, and equal in that respect to the springfield.

Christine Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:10
That is really interesting David, was there a photo of Capt. Richardson in the article? I would like to add it to the military page if we can find his photo. I take it you are a relative of his? Perhaps you have one?
3) Christine 
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Friday, 11 April 2014 13:34 Write a comment

(3) To let you know I gladly accepted Susan's kind offer of a scan of the Greystones Hotel brochure, and have now added it to the Hotels Page
2) Frances Nash  Female
Location:
Hythe
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014 15:26 Write a comment

Short Step is a great WW1 site.......

Also on Canada day local school children lay posies on the graves of Canadian Troops in Shorncliffe Cemetary......

Taught in St Martin's as well!
Frances

Graham Jeffery Monday, 12 May 2014 06:31
I lived in Royal Military Avenue during the '50s and went to Sir John Moore Primary School, I remember once a year we used to march to the cemetery and lay a posy of flowers from our garden on the grave of a Canadian soldier. I also remember the 'Six Windows' on the Manage (Menage?) which was a horse riding centre. We used to climb up a flight of steps outside to watch the horses.
1) Christine 
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Friday, 4 April 2014 21:06 Write a comment

Welcome to the new Folkestone Then & Now Guestbook. If you want to find an entry in the old book, or just want to read through the lovely memories, you will find a link to the archived pages at the top.

I think you will find this one more user friendly - and it even shows up on a tablet!

So let's get started, and fill up this book with your recollections of Folkestone

Susan Mansley Sunday, 6 April 2014 08:08
I have found a brochure from the 1940s or 50s for the Greystones Hotel in Folkestone and will send a scanned copy if you email me
I saw from your post that it didn't appear in your 1958 list of hotels but my late husband's grandparents definitely stayed there when it was run by the two ladies (I found the brochure in a drawer when clearing out the house)
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