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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.
79) Pam  Female
Location:
Sussex
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:05 Write a comment

Cameron Macintosh has staged a new version of 'Half a sixpence' at Chichester festival theatre , its set in Folkestone and uses many of its location on stage and many of the lyrics use places in and around Folkestone , being set in Edwardian times it made me think of this site and its many past photos , I'm sure it will transfer to the west end its a must see.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:27
It is based on H.G. Wells's novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul. Steele plays Arthur Kipps, an orphan who unexpectedly inherits a fortune, and climbs the social ladder before losing everything and realizing that you just can't buy happiness. Wells drew on his knowledge of the locality while living at Sandgate.
78) Sue May#@*%! 
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Monday, 25 July 2016 20:55 Write a comment

I went to Folkestone Girls Grammar School back in the 60’s as a boarder, first at Westbourne House, which was part of the Technical College as there was no room in the Grammar School boarding house. The Tech. school needed the beds for tech. girls, so we then went to The White House in Wellington Place in Sandgate, now demolished and was closed down in a hurry as we were studying for our O levels. The 8 boarders were then moved to Clewer House in Coolinge Lane, where I finished my schooling.

As sixth formers we were allowed to go into some of the coffee bars in town. One was Morrelli’s, the other we frequented was The Acropolis in The Old High Street. The latter was run by a Greek family and a number of Greek students who were learning English at a local college used to go there and play backgammon or tavli as they called it.

I wondered whatever happened to The Acropolis and when it was closed? I do recall that one of the sons (was he called Archie or Andy?) used to drive a white E-type jaguar, which was very impressive back then. Does anyone else recall these details at all?

Paul Seward Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:01
I remember those times well, Sue. Mr. & Mrs. Sambucci and their son Tony at Morelli's Sadly Mrs. S. died just a few weeks ago. Slightly surprised that you were allowed to frequent the Acropolis but maybe you did not go up to the first floor! Seemed to be a very dark disco up there where local lads such as the Brunts, Shrubsole et al would take the Swedish girls who came over to learn English. Archie had the E-Type, not sure what, if any, wheels his brother Andy had. Once we were old enough, we graduated to the Lion in the Bayle but still used to call in after closing time to see Archie's father, George, who made a mean salad roll and was a very understanding host. Happy days!
77) christine smith  Female
Location:
spain
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Monday, 25 July 2016 05:45 Write a comment

Hello Mark, glad to hear from you again. I did leave you a reply somewhere but not being an expert at this type of communication it got lost and I saw later that you thought I hadnīt posted again.... I see you have investigated this and probably a lot of other cases. Isee you have been to her grave in Horn Street. I canīt imagine the state it must be in. Mum and I used to go regularlyl when I was a young girl. Mum had grown up in Somerset Road and as a single girl was known as Kathy Hood. Her father had trained the Folkestone F.C at some time and was known as Sammy. Before the accident they has been evacuees with family in Gloucester. They hadnīt been back long lbefore it happened. Thanks for giving your time. Look forward to lfurther postings and hopefully Janine witll have first hadn information for us....
76) christine smith  Female
Location:
spain
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Monday, 18 July 2016 15:00 Write a comment

hello Christine,

Have just seen a very interesting message from Janine and also Mark but allthough I wrote a reply commenting on the fatal accident involving my half sister I see that it hasnīt been published although I thought I had filled in the message reply box correctly. Janine is the niece of two of the victims of the hand grenade and I would love to make a connection with her. Can you help?

Christine Smith Monday, 18 July 2016 15:14
Hello Janine, I ansered your post but it must have got lost as it didnt come up. Hopefully this will come up and you will see it. I have always wanted to know more about what happened that fateful day and it is only recently I was able to read a press cutting reporting the inquest and learnt more details. Patsy the little girl was my half sister and had just had her 5th birthday a couple of months before. She also had a twin brother. Their father had been killed in Egypt two years before......Are you auntie and uncle still alive? I would like to hear all they ever told you about that fateful day. Thanks a lot for your post..

Mark Hourahane Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:45
Hi Christine,

Nice to see you back on the site - we thought we'd lost you with the unfortunate situation on the old guestbook! I know you had requested to be put in touch with me last year - sadly I was abroad and the message got lost amongst a lot of junk mail - sorry about that!

If you send Christine an e-mail (her address is on the main home page at the bottom), I'm sure she has Janine's e-mail address and can put you in touch.

If you ask her to put us in contact, too, I located Patsy's grave and would love to talk to you further about that.
75) Janine  Female
Location:
Dorking Surrey
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Thursday, 7 July 2016 16:27 Write a comment

I discovered your site by sheer luck, I was searching for an incident in Cheriton in which my uncle, my auntie and an unknown little girl found and played with an unexploded bomb during WW2. I think it would have happen in Somerset Road. Sadly I understand the little girl was killed and my auntie had serious injuries. My uncle was luckier and was ok. My mother, a Kirkham, was born in 1920 in the hospital on Military Hill growing up in Cheriton, the family moving from Stanley Rd to Somerset Rd to Ashley Ave. She was one of eight children. My parents met when my father was stationed at Shorncliffe in 1938. My grandmother finally settled in Cheriton High Street, a few doors up from a little food shop run by sisters, known I think as Spelzines. It was by the pedestrian bridge over the railway. Cheriton was my second home and I have so many happy memories of spending time with my Nana. Going shopping with her being just one...... now who remembers the massive bunch of bananas that hung in the greengrocers near the junction with Risborough Ln. Happy days.

Mark Hourahane Monday, 18 July 2016 08:50
Hi Janine,

I have information and articles on this incident as the little girl's step-sister has been on this very board asking! Sadly, we haven't been able to get in contact with her as yet.

The boy who had the mortar, David Wise, lost a foot. Kathleen Patricia Donoghue died. It did not happen in Somerset Road - Kathleen lived there but went to play in Ashley Avenue.

If you would like to get in touch with Christine (her e-mail is on the homepage), she can put us in touch.
74) Penny Ansell  Female
Location:
Yorkshire
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 06:14 Write a comment

Does any one remember the Brevit/Brevet Club ?

P{aul Seward Sunday, 29 May 2016 15:23
In the basement of the Folkestone Hotel on the corner of Bouverie Road/Castle Hill Avenue. Never patronised it myself as I thought it was for seasoned drinkers. Tell me I'm wrong!

penny ansell Tuesday, 31 May 2016 09:03
My friends Mum and Dad owned it and we used it as a meeting place I don't remember seeing any seasoned drinkers though

penny ansell Tuesday, 31 May 2016 09:03
My friends Mum and Dad owned it and we used it as a meeting place I don't remember seeing any seasoned drinkers though

Patrick O'Connor (Paddy) Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:43
When I used the Brevet club in the 1960s, it was owned/run by Bob Lilley who'd been the second RSM of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS). He'd been with the original 'L' troop under David Stirling when it was formed in 1941 and only when really pushed, would describe his wartime experiences.

Penny Ansell Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:22
I am trying to find Janice Lilley, His daughter. She married a chap from Switzerland I think but can't remember his surname , Any idea.
73) penny ansell  Female
Location:
Yorkshire
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 03:15 Write a comment

Does any one know the where abouts of Jerry Rocket. His dad and Mum ran the indoor swimming pool. We were teenagers together.
He had a lambretta and we went all over on it.
Love this sight, so much info THANKYOU
72) Barry Taylor  Male
Location:
Whangamata, New Zealand
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 16:38 Write a comment

Kiaora
Have just found your brilliant website while digging around finding what I could about the Imperial Off Licence in Ashley Avenue which in the 1950s and very early 60s was run by my grandfather, Percy Taylor.
I was born and brought up in Downs Road, attended Mundella, then St. Eanswythes under Mr Williams I think, then Harvey. Emigrated to NZ after Uni.
How the place has changed in a mere 60 years! Looking back I think us kids of that generation were very lucky with the environment we had - the hills, the seafronts - how terrible the old front under the Leas looked the last time I was back- the sprung floor in the Leas Cliff Hall where you shoot people in the air with a bit of cooperation!
Will be making the last return this year- it's a long way!

penny ansell Wednesday, 25 May 2016 03:08
Hi Barry, Yes we were very lucky to grow up in Folkestone. I lived in Dover Road until I got married in 1971. I love to go back. Enjoy your forth coming trip

Jan Pedersen Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:51
Hi, Barry,

You may find the bits on my blog interesting

[evenmoretales.blogspot.co.uk]
71) Penny Ansell  Female
Location:
Yorkshire
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Friday, 20 May 2016 11:18 Write a comment

Has any one any pictures of the Marina Rock pool.I was bought up in Folkestone and used to go there all the time. I know it was demolished in 1966

Christine - website owner Friday, 20 May 2016 16:50
Hi Penny, do you mean the Marina Indoor Swimming Pool? I have never heard of it being called the Marina Rock Pool. Only other name it has had as far as I know, is The Bathing Establishment - this was in Edwardian times. You will find it on several of the cards on this page: [www.warrenpress.net]

penny ansell Saturday, 21 May 2016 11:59
Thanks for the reply Christine .. Yes I do mean the indoor one but we used to call it the rock pool because of its look. I swam in it every day It had another pool under the dance floor I think to. It was photo's of the inside that I was interested in seeing. But I will have another look at the cards.Thankyou any way I love your site by the way.

ian murton Saturday, 21 May 2016 15:01
Hi Penny it was certainly called the Marina Rock pool, and was run by Sam Rockett and his wife, as a member of the swimming club many happy nights spent there.

Christine- site owner Saturday, 21 May 2016 16:59
Well I have learned something new today! I don't have any photos of the inside, so if anyone reading this has any, I would love to receive a scan to add to the page please.

penny ansell Sunday, 22 May 2016 09:06
Hi Ian, We must have been members of the same club then. I was coached by a chap from Dover but can not remember his name
I would have gone there right up until it was closed. A very sad day. I knew Sam Rocket and his son, Jerry and I were friends. I am 68 now how about you? Best wishes Penny

Barry Taylor Tuesday, 24 May 2016 16:14
Hi all
Certainly remember the Rock Pool. I was a pupil at St. Eanswythes mid 50s, we used to swim there in the months when the outdoor pool was closed. Never forget the smell of chlorine! I remember Sam, an I think I went to school either at primary or Harvey with Jerry. Also now 68, memory is slightly hazy! (Kiwi since 1971)

Barry Allsworth Monday, 15 August 2016 16:37
Many memories as a family in the 50's of using the 'Indoor Pool' as we called it.
Sam Rocket was a Channel swimmer who was a friend of my father and let him use it himself for training. Being about 25 metres long must have been tedious for long distance training.

Hillside Sec Mod also used it for swimming lessons and I also remember using it for winter repairs to Folkestone Yacht Club boats.

Jerry Rockett was one of the founders of the Redoubt Sailing Club in Hythe and he became World Champion in Solo class yacht.
70) J evans 
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Sunday, 1 May 2016 18:11 Write a comment

I was very interested in the memories of Princes Hotel. My grandmother was a resident in the 1950s and 60s and we used to spend a week there every school holidays. Major Beaumont was indeed the son-in-law of the lady owner, a Mrs Bladon. Although the hotel had casual guests, there was a core of elderly and rather grand residents. As a child I had to greet them all by name....good morning Miss Aisher, Good morning Mrs Holland Walker, Good morning Sir Harold etc. The set up was ideal for old people. The day started with early morning tea in one's bed room, all meals were provided in the dining room (tea in the lounge) and you could also entertain. My grandmother used to give regular bridge parties for her friends. She could also have her children and grandchildren to stay whenever she wanted. If she was unwell, meals were brought up on a tray. It all sounds very grand, but in fact the hotel was a little shabby and her room did not even have a private bath. She had to go to the loo down the hall and, if she wanted a bath, go down the corridor in her dressing gown. I have no idea how much it cost, but she was not super-rich and she could comfortably afford it. Mercifully she died before it was pulled down in 1977 (?), but I did hear that one of the reasons it was demolished was because the building was so old-fashioned, it was impossible to bring the plumbing up to modern standards.

CHRIS McNAIR Tuesday, 3 May 2016 14:41
4/5/2016
Your observation that the Princes Hotel was full of old people confirms my memories . The staff below stairs spoke of them as such.I can recall trays being being made up for the bedrooms . In my later life I have stayed in many Hotels and now realise that what was missing was the buzz and urgency of guests arriving and leaving.
I can confirm that the plumbing was archaic in the staff area with sacks of vegetables stacked in the hallway outside the showers.
I remember noteing that all the windows of the basement staff bedrooms had iron bars and that there was only one exit to go upstairs.
Mrs Bladon was indeed the owner.
Somehow my original contact with this site has gone half missing so I do not know if there have been any other replies

CHRIS McNAIR Tuesday, 3 May 2016 14:41
4/5/2016
Your observation that the Princes Hotel was full of old people confirms my memories . The staff below stairs spoke of them as such.I can recall trays being being made up for the bedrooms . In my later life I have stayed in many Hotels and now realise that what was missing was the buzz and urgency of guests arriving and leaving.
I can confirm that the plumbing was archaic in the staff area with sacks of vegetables stacked in the hallway outside the showers.
I remember noteing that all the windows of the basement staff bedrooms had iron bars and that there was only one exit to go upstairs.
Mrs Bladon was indeed the owner.
Somehow my original contact with this site has gone half missing so I do not know if there have been any other replies
69) J evans 
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Sunday, 1 May 2016 18:10 Write a comment

I was very interested in the memories of Princes Hotel. My grandmother was a resident in the 1950s and 60s and we used to spend a week there every school holidays. Major Beaumont was indeed the son-in-law of the lady owner, a Mrs Bladon. Although the hotel had casual guests, there was a core of elderly and rather grand residents. As a child I had to greet them all by name....good morning Miss Aisher, Good morning Mrs Holland Walker, Good morning Sir Harold etc. The set up was ideal for old people. The day started with early morning tea in one's bed room, all meals were provided in the dining room (tea in the lounge) and you could also entertain. My grandmother used to give regular bridge parties for her friends. She could also have her children and grandchildren to stay whenever she wanted. If she was unwell, meals were brought up on a tray. It all sounds very grand, but in fact the hotel was a little shabby and her room did not even have a private bath. She had to go to the loo down the hall and, if she wanted a bath, go down the corridor in her dressing gown. I have no idea how much it cost, but she was not super-rich and she could comfortably afford it. Mercifully she died before it was pulled down in 1977 (?), but I did hear that one of the reasons it was demolished was because the building was so old-fashioned, it was impossible to bring the plumbing up to modern standards.
68) Becky  Female
Location:
Sandgate
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:45 Write a comment

Hi. I was wondering if anyone may be able to help identify some random Sandgate structures.
For the first time since i was a kid i walked from Chichester woods across the top of sandgate, past the 2 martello towers, and down through the woods that come out onto Encombe.
When coming down the woods there are 2 strange things. The first is a concrete sunken horseshoe seat about halfway down. Even as a kid i wondered who would have built it and why it was there. Then at the bottom just before you begin the little muddy path that leads out behind the houses there are some grand concrete steps that lead up to a curved wall, with a cove built in, that looks like there should be a statue there.
Was there a grand residence there once? Does anyone have any info on this? Even if there was, the horseshoe is still really far up into the woods.
Thankyou

Paul Seward Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:59
[www.britainfromabove.org.uk]

Try this link and zoom in for a good shot of the original Encombe House. For the history call in at the Sandgate Society (Old Fire Station) on a Saturday morning.

Paul Seward Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:59
[www.britainfromabove.org.uk]

Try this link and zoom in for a good shot of the original Encombe House. For the history call in at the Sandgate Society (Old Fire Station) on a Saturday morning.

Becky Wednesday, 13 April 2016 09:37
Excellent. Thanks ever so much
67) DAVID DALE  Male
Location:
United Kingdom
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 09:10 Write a comment

lived as a youngster in and around Folkestone Initially at a small hamlet known as Shuttlesfield until my grandparents who I lived with died when I was thirteen, then I moved into Folkestone beginning with several addresses. My primary school was at Hawkinge, but I was at Morehall secondary school between 1956 and 1959, and my first job was in the Clifton Hotel. So your photos of the Warren was well enjoyed with many memories.I can relate more later.
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