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45) Robin Eyers  Male
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Friday, 21 August 2015 09:38 Write a comment

Referring again to your 'War' section, there is a photo, very meaningful for me, of aerial mine damage to part of Morehall Avenue which took place at around 2am on the morning of 29 May 1941 when I came within a whisker of death. My parents and I lived at No. 12, the end wall of which can just be discerned extreme bottom right of the photo. The picture appears to have been taken from the upper level of the sweets & tobacco shop in Cheriton Road owned by the Wright sisters, Elsie and Gladys, the former my Godmother. (I checked the angles only the other week.)

My bedroom faced the road. The mine landed in the centre of the Avenue, between numbers 28 and 29, killing 13 (including an infant) and injuring 43. I recall my bedroom window blowing in on me, covering me in glass and plaster. Somehow, my parents and I escaped serious injury, though our home was falling about our ears. We managed to make our way to the air raid shelter situated beneath the pavement in front of 'The Morehall' pub. (continued)
44) Robin Eyers  Male
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Friday, 21 August 2015 07:11 Write a comment

Lee Podgson's photo of the WW2 bunker is, in fact, and Observation Post (OP) and is, indeed one of two. They are not on East Cliff, as such, but they lie just behind The Valiant Sailor, pub. I used to play on and inside them when first I came to live at the pub at the end of hostilities. The military were still 'in residence' at the time. There was also a battery of two (perhaps three) 9.2 inch ex-naval guns (probably removed from de-commissioned WW1 warships). The Capel Battery, as it was known stretched right along the clifftops to Capel village.

Close by, there was a Zig Zag path extending to The Warren. I used this to reach 'my garden' i.e.. The Warren which I had virtually to myself in those days. Barbed wire and mined areas were everywhere. Just behind the pub, we had a tea garden which had a lovely summerhouse which looked out over The Channel.

It might be of interest to learn that this summerhouse was used by Marconi in his experiments to send and receive cross-Channel 'wireless' messages. The pub then was part of an extensive farm with herds of cattle which used to graze the fields and hills around the area extending as far as the Folkestone/Canterbury Road. The farmer, Bill Aird, was suspicious of these new-fangled "radio waves". He believed they would be detrimental to his cows' milk yield and sent Marconi packing (and out of the history books!)
43) Robin Eyers  Male
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Friday, 21 August 2015 06:33 Write a comment

Re. your "Pubs" database, I walked past The 'Morehall' only the other day. The site is being converted into flats, a local told me.

You may not be aware that immediately in front of the pub, beneath the pavement, there is/was an air raid shelter which, slightly injured, I entered around 2.30 am. on the night of 29 May 1941 following the devastation of one end of Morehall Avenue by a wayward parachute mine. (A photo appears elsewhere on your website which just shows the end wall of my home!)

I mentioned the shelter to one of the builders working on the redevelopment who confirmed that the pub's cellar is still present. "I'll have to cut through, he said, to verify if the shelter still exists or has been filled in." (Personally, I think it is still there!)

After the War, our house was repaired and we reoccupied it until moving to The Valiant Sailor. You have some good photos of those premises on your 'Pubs' section, I notice.
42) Rob C  Male
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Thursday, 20 August 2015 15:42 Write a comment

The second picture captioned 'Uphill Mill' (i.e. one of two on the RH side) is actually the windmill at Hawkinge Hall. It outlasted Uphill Mill but got very derelict and collapsed on a calm day in 1961.

Christine - Website owner Friday, 21 August 2015 00:14
Thank you Rob, I have made that correction now, and added a few more photos while I was in there.
Thanks again, I appreciate your input.
41) Alison davies  Female
New forest hampshire
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 20:24 Write a comment

I went to morehall primary school in the seventies.
The infants was just behind the main building
And had a separate playground to the juniors. the concrete wall was still at the front.i remember being scared of the slipper if you did wrong.i don't know if there was slipper or not. my father went to this school when it was an all boys secondary. I went on to pent valley. The round room was an art room. If you was told to stand in a corner you would run round saying I can't find the corner. I later moved and went to wyndgate school but got the floor and egg treatment before I left
40) gareth goldsmith  Male
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Sunday, 16 August 2015 14:22 Write a comment

Great website, in fact probably the best there is on folkestone history!!

Great work christine, much appreciated!!

Christine - website owner Sunday, 16 August 2015 15:30
Why thank you Gareth, you have made my day! smile
39) Jan Turner  Female
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Friday, 7 August 2015 00:36 Write a comment

My mum went to harcourt in the mid to late 40's..her best friend from that time lives in middlesex. Mum lived in folkestone with her mum down by the harbour, later married and moved to deal where she and my dad lived until she died in 2009. My grandmother lived there until she died about 43 years ago. They originally came from smarden.
I went to folkestone tech from 1966 until 1972. My granddaughter went to the same school, now folkestone grammer, until about 4 years ago....we have always loved folkestone and will always have deep connections to the town. I remember going to the swimming pool during the summer down by the rotunda...

Robin Eyers Friday, 21 August 2015 06:08
Pity you didn't give your Mum's full name, Jan. I too attended Harcourt primary between 1946 and 1950, then going on to the Harvey Grammar. I would have known her for sure. These days I live in Canterbury and have various functions in the cathedral.

Alan Hall Thursday, 30 August 2018 10:29
When you say "Folkestone Grammar", that must be the Girls Grammar school, since to the best of my knowledge, the Harvey Grammar (for boys) is still where it always has been - in Cheriton Road.
38) Ian Murton  Male
Needham Market , Suffolk
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:03 Write a comment

some fabulous photos, I was born in Folkestone in 1950 and went to St Eanswythes and then Hillside, both Dover Road and Park road, the head master W A Parks was still head in the 1960's when I left to join the RAF. I left Folkestone when my father died in 1970, I have since returned a couple of times with John Bullard my old school mate and was a bit disappointed to see how the town had changed. still very happy childhood memories.

ian murton Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:44
I forgot to add that my dad was born in Sydney street in 1911 and went to george Spurgeon school, my sister went to St Mary's school and my brother went to the grammar school. my mum worked in the Tatler Tea rooms in Church Street. Archies was the in place to be seen in the 1960's

Ian murton Wednesday, 14 October 2015 08:48
some more information on my family, i have since found out that my paternal grandmother Esther Hannah Murton was killed in her house 16 bridge Street on 03 July 1944 aged 63 by either a bomb or a doodle bug that went wrong.

Carolyn Sunday, 17 April 2016 20:50
I remember Archies - I think it's proper name was the Acropolis, but everyone called it Archies. The owner was always very grumpy, if I remember correctly. We all used to mosey on down there after Tofts Club - is that a place you went to as well?
37) Gareth Avard  Male
working in Saudi Arabia
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Thursday, 9 July 2015 07:31 Write a comment

Hi. What a fantastic site - many congratulations. Although we never lived in Folkestone (after my father retired from the army my parents bought a place near Deal)but we do have close connections. Dad ran a fishing charter boat out of the Inner harbor through the 80's and early 90's. The boat was "The Prince Albert" 37ft wood built (ex RN lifeboat-I think) with wheelhouse, which he bought from a man who ran hourly mackerel trips from the harbour. George (my dad)was well known among the other skippers, he was ex-REME and a wizard with engines. His brother Stan also ran a charter from his boat-Saga, although he gave it up before dad. "The Albert" was sold when dad was diagnosed with lung cancer and transported to Ireland. There are some photos somewhere of her being craned out of the harbour and onto a low loader. I'll dig them out next time I'm in the UK and mail them to you. I hunted your site for any photos of "Albert" - she was moored 3 arches down from the swingbridge- alas none I could find). George's ashes were scattered at sea, just off Sandgate (one of his favoured fishing sites, when he couldn't get out to the Varne which, given the winds and weather was often!!)
Once again, a great site. Kind Regards.Gary

Gareth Avard Thursday, 9 July 2015 07:48
Whoops. It was "The Albert" and not dad transported to Ireland. What a difference a comma makes. "Eats, shoots and leaves"!!! Love to hear from anyone with any memories. Gary
PS I was also a language teacher at Highcliffe House, Highclffe Gdns Folkestone for a couple of summers. The O'Cleas (?) were the owners.
36) Colin Green  Male
Hythe Kent
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Sunday, 7 June 2015 13:24 Write a comment

A few years ago on the beach at the East Cliff Folkestone I came across what I believe to be an old iron house name.
I understand during and after World War 2 rubble from local bomb damage was tipped from the cliff and ended up on the beach.The sign was found roughly below the area where the putting greens and bowling club are.
Being interested in the Merchant Navy I am intrigued by this.Scindia was the name of a clan in an Indian state,but it was also the name of a large Indian shipping company.
Scindia employed many British officers and captains on their ships in earlier times.
I wonder if a retired sea captain had his house in Folkestone or nearby and named his house after the Company he was with?
Would love to know where SCINDIA HOUSE was!

Christine - site owner Friday, 21 August 2015 13:19
I would love to know too Colin,I have never heard of Scindia House myself.
35) Terry Gillett  Male
Ireland, formerly Folkestone
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Saturday, 6 June 2015 22:15 Write a comment

Love your site, it brings back many memories. I lived there from 1950 to the late 90's. You can hardly recognise where the old Harcourt Primary School was situated with all the new building works at Pent Valley.
34) terry gillett  Male
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Saturday, 6 June 2015 15:44 Write a comment

Thank you for the photos posted on your website Christine, they bring back many memories - but only from the 50s onwards.
33) Jayne Watson nee Thompson  Female
Michigan USA
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Thursday, 4 June 2015 12:31 Write a comment

I lived in Cheriton till the late seventies then moved to Thanet. In 1996 I moved with my family to the USA. The website brings back many happy memories. I went to All Souls Primary then Harcourt Secondary till 1968.

David Connolly Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:45
Hi Jayne, just wondering if you lived in Church Road near wellington Rd? If so , I lived just round the corner at 106 RMA.
32) Dave Butler  Male
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Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:57 Write a comment


I'd just like to point out that the fourth photo in The Hills section isn't of Ceasar's Camp at all, but is taken from Ceasar's Camp across the reservoirs westward toward the North Downs. The hills are north of the reservoirs, which would be to the right of the view in the photo.

Also, the hill in the photo entitled Flat Hill Adjoining Ceasar's Camp is Round Hill, through which the road tunnels you mention elsewhere in the section pass

Love your site.

Kind regards,

31) Rich  Male
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:08 Write a comment

My grandad was born in East st (harbour)to a large fishing family but sadly no longer with us.
He had many books of Folkestone and new hundreds of people over the years,he would have loved to have looked at this well documented and put together web site,I to have found this to be of great interest and fascinating look bk in time.congratulations on A professional And well thought out yesteryear folkestone site. cool
30) Bruce Lloyd  Male
Wollongong, Australia
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Saturday, 9 May 2015 01:51 Write a comment

Just rediscovered this site (it keeps moving). The photos bring back wonderful memories.

I lived in Folkestone from 1954 until 1966 but my parents lived there until about 1989 so obviously I visited.

Attended Christ Church primary and the Harvey.
29) paul salisbury  Male
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:02 Write a comment

I have good memories of church road and the C W G hall which was next to the magic also remember Fortuna and sunshine cafe's

paul salisbury Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:06
Naffi not magic

David Connolly Friday, 10 March 2017 03:43
I had my 21st birthday bash at the CWG Hall, Church Road in April 1971. Re Paul's post, I believe it was the Navy, Army, Air Force Institutes (NAAFI).
28) Jerrian Dafou 
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Sunday, 8 March 2015 22:25 Write a comment

Hi there,

I find your site very interesting for anyone curious to learn about the history of Folkestone.

I have a query about a residential building : No 80 Bouverie Road West.

Amongst all the other buildings of the same street, this is the only one (re) built without the traditional bay windows.

The reason for that as stated by current owners is that the building was bombed in WWII

Could anyone give me some more information regarding the circumstances of this bombing? Date, scale of the damages, casualties and when was it re-built and why rebuilt without a bay window?

I would be grateful for any information supplied

Christine - website owner Sunday, 8 March 2015 22:26
I don't have any information on this Jerrian, but I am hoping someone here does, so keep checking back.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 11 March 2015 13:47
No bombs fell on that stretch of BRW according to the map published with Frontline Folkestone. Some years ago I purchased a piano from No. 84 and the vendor told me that the properties suffered from damp due to an ancient stream on that stretch. I fancy the property may have had a structural problem, necessitating the removal of the bays.

Christine - website owner Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:47
Thank you Paul, very kind of you to research it for Jerrian.
27) Jane Spall  Female
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Saturday, 28 February 2015 16:05 Write a comment

The top photograph of Mundela Primary shows my father, he is the little lad with the white bandage on his head. I'm guessing the year would have been about 1927/8 as he was born in 1923

Christine - website owner Saturday, 7 March 2015 11:12
Hi Jane: Thank you very much for the information, I have added it to the page, it's nice to have the date of the photo pinned down. Hope your father wasn't too badly injured prior to the photo being taken.
26) sharon webb  Female
United Kingdom
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Sunday, 1 February 2015 13:57 Write a comment

My Great Grand Uncle Arthur Edward Potten is listed as died on 5th oct 1940 he was a special police man on/off duty from at the time in air raids wonder if anyone knew anymore info

Paul Seward Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:13
There were four visits to the town by the Luftwaffe on that day. A chance hit by a Dornier on a blockhouse being built on the Leas caused the instantaneous death of five workmen, probably employed on the task by Otto Marx, a well-known local builder. The blockhouse formed part of the defences of the Mill Point Battery, situated to the south of Clifton Crescent. A, very grainy, photograph of the aftermath appears in Frontline Folkestone, published by the Herald after the war.
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