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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)

Tim Sharp Friday, 19 May 2017 14:54
Hi ,
I am Ted Sellens Grandson, been back in Folkestone for 30+ years now
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.
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 hadn´t 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 can´t 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 hadn´t 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....
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