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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.
66) chris cutting  Male
Location:
folkestone
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 18:19 Write a comment

born and bred 45yrs in the town and know the rotunda very well worked on the fairground many a season
those were the day's you could not move for the amount of people down there when the sunday market was open in the summer months plus summer school holidays plus i can remember the boats on the boating pool and just about remember the out door swimming pool as well
this is what made folkestone
know look at that part of the seafront it is a total mess this town has gone down hill in the last 30yrs plus it will never be the same as it was
so much for progress
65) Simon Godwin  Male
Location:
Deal
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016 08:16 Write a comment

Do you have any memories of Westbrook House School (1947 - 1968) and the teachers and pupils. The school, itself is sadly derelict now and the website is slowly going that way. I'm compiling a book on the history of the school and the family that founded it. Any memories, pics, documents would be gratefully received.

Neal Tuesday, 7 June 2016 10:45
Hi Simon, Yes I am sure I could compile some. I was there 63 - 70 let me know what you want.
64) graham cann  Male
Location:
lancashire
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 12:29 Write a comment

hi.not been to folkestone for donkys years.i went to morehall in the 70s and later on hung out with the lads from school
drinking at the sherry gardens pub.the nail box pub and the morehall pub all in cheriton.whats it like down there now

Christine - site owner Tuesday, 1 March 2016 08:44
Hi Graham, things have changed in Folkestone, especially the pubs. The Morehall is currently being turned into flats. The Cherry Pickers (that I think you mean when you say Sherry Gardens) is closed following a fire, and will never be a pub again. Last I heard, the Nailbox was still open, but I stand to be corrected on that.
63) nigel griggs  Male
Location:
hythe
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Sunday, 7 February 2016 17:13 Write a comment

The house where as we use t know her as old ma Sheridan still does exist it is the first older house to the left of your arrow, also picture outside stadecourt hotel is my dad, brother, girl Ext door and me leaning on the railings. I have a lot of jack Adams photographs of Hythe if you are interested.
62) Ron Lynch  Male
Location:
Wilts
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Friday, 29 January 2016 10:06 Write a comment

What an interesting website.I am writing my memoirs for my family. My childhood was spent in Folkestone in the 1930's. I have written about the gasworks but can't remember which street it was in. I went to StMarys School and Harvey Grammar until evacuated. My grandparents lived in a small terraced house in Sandgate with a family of 11 or 12. Other grandparents with about 8 in an even smaller house in Hythe.

Georege.Hills Saturday, 30 January 2016 09:52
Hi the gas works was in Ship street.
61) Daphne Jay  Female
Location:
Glemsford Suffolk
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:25 Write a comment

Thanks for the lovely site.
Hello my name is Daphne Jay (nee Marsh).I was born at 12. Kent Road Cheriton, in 1948.
My mother was born at 2 Princess Street Folkestone in 1921.My mum is still fit and well and living in Norwich, at 95 years old.
A few memories from my mum, Ivy Olive Marsh (nee Marsh) yes that is right, same name.When mum was 9 years old the family moved to The Alexandra Tavern in Bridge Street. Richard Marsh, mum's father took over as licensee from his father.Mum can remember her Grandfather George Ames being caretaker at the smallpox Hospital, Crete Road, the entrance was half way up Dover Road. Does anyone else remember this Hospital? Has anyone any photo's? When was the Hospital demolished? Mum attended Mundella and George Spurgen School. Has anyone any photo's of 1920's? Mum had some but were lost in the bombings.When mum left school she worked as a mothers help, looking after two little girls a Jacqueline and Susan Noble, anyone know their whereabouts? It's lovely hearing mums tales of her beloved Folkestone. If anyone has questions about 1920's to 1940's she is sure to have the answers.Thanks Daphne Jay.
60) Kelvin Philpott  Male
Location:
Yate
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 13:21 Write a comment

Hi Christine
Sorry, I should have said at the start of my previous message what a wonderful site you have made here. It really brought back memories and taught me things I did not know before.
59) Kelvin Philpott  Male
Location:
Yate
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 13:10 Write a comment

Hi Christine
I was born in the house at the end of Beachborough Rd opposite the Harvey Grammar School. It was a nursing home then. We lived in Wearbay Rd on the corner of Stanbury Cres. We were evacuated to lancashire but returned to Folkestone in 1948. I went to St Eanswyths primary school under Mr Williams then the grammar school under Oliver Bertoud and Cyril Ward. Robin Eyers name rings a bell. I am not sure if I knew him or he may be the Robin that my sister Patricia went out with for a while. More info later if of interest
58) Graham Harris 
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 21:17 Write a comment

Just wanted to say -

Really enjoyed looking at your site.

I spent a week in Kent in the late 1960s/early 1970s when I was at primary school. In fact,we stayed at Moyle Tower in Hythe. My memory is that it was an amazing place. We stayed in little wooden
chalets in the garden. I recall the common room that was in your photos - with its large window overlooking the sea. I seem to remember a grand staircase too.

We went for days out - the Dymchurch steam railway, some lovely castles, Dungeness beach. Ah lovely memories.
57) Joan Brickell 
Location:
Folkestone
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Sunday, 17 January 2016 09:47 Write a comment

Love your web site, just to put the record straight John and David Brickell together with their sister Janet Ewins (nee Brickell) and her husband John Ewins owned The business of Rowlands Rock shop from 1966 , in 1976 they all fell out, as families do and John and David carried on the business without them until 1996 when David left the business and John continued until just before his death in 2007. John worked in the business all his life making seaside rock starting in the 1950's working for Jimmy Rowland.It was extremely hard work but a lot of fun as well as it catered for the "bucket and spade" holiday makers of Folkestone when the town was "buzzing"
56) Jo Peirson 
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 22:11 Write a comment

Just been looking at your pics, loads of memories. I grew up in Cheriton, I remember I went to All Souls school in 1950, then to Harcourt School for Girls, and then to Bobby's. I worked in the suitcase dept., that was a good job, loads of commission.

I remember summer time at lunch break, a few of us ran to the lifts to get to the beach for a quick swim, then a quick change into work clothes and back to work. No worries about wet hair, we all had swimming hats on. Bobby's was one of the best jobs in Folkestone then. I have so many happy memories of those years.
55) Mike Dixon  Male
Location:
Portslade-By-Sea
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Thursday, 31 December 2015 03:17 Write a comment

What a wonderful website! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful town. The council are doing a grand job looking after the Leas area which with cut backs in local authority spending can't be easy.
I read during a recent visit to Folkstone that the town use to have more Rolls Royce cars per population than anywhere else in the world! It was the playground of the rich...much like today! I will be visiting Folkstone again in early February and a friend and I have booked 2 premier rooms, with seaviews, at the Burlington Hotel. Can't wait!
54) Ian Murton  Male
Location:
Suffolk
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 07:49 Write a comment

Hello, some really great memories here for me, I am just about to retire tomorrow and have been reflecting on my happy childhood, I went to St Eanswythes and then Hillside secondary modern from 1955 through 1967. we lived in Wear Bay Crescent and then Calgary crescent. The Marina rock pool and the open air swimming pool were always in use, i have returned several times to my homes and even taken my children to see them

Vicky Ryan Thursday, 9 June 2016 12:11
Hi Ian I remember you from when my sister Maureen Moore lived in Wear Bay Crescent. She had a son called Glyn and lived in the top flat next door to Mrs Cloke. I used to go there sometimes and play with both you and your sister Esther. My name is Vicky.

JON BARKER Saturday, 17 September 2016 11:23
ARE YOU THE SAME IAN MURTON WHO LIVED AT 9, CALGARY CRESCENT? If so, please get in touch, I have something of yours. Thanks, JON BARKER
jon@basaproductions.com
53) Bill Parker  Male
Location:
Bolton Lancashire
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Wednesday, 4 November 2015 09:05 Write a comment

I love this site I lived at no 63 Seabrook Road 1979 till 1983 when I married Deborah Elizabeth Morris of 26 Blackhouse hill Hythe and moved to 32 Queen Street Folkestone My Father was the caretaker at seabrook lodge school and no 63 Seabrook Road was the caretakers house. My Father Derek Squire Parker was caretaker until the school closed. My Father sadly passed away 27-12-2011 in Bolton Lancashire.
52) Amy Sackree  Female
Location:
Cheriton, Folkestone
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Tuesday, 13 October 2015 13:11 Write a comment

On this document i have got pictures of cheriton high street. On the picture with the mound of dirt you were unsure of where this was, it looked very familar to me and i found it on google maps it is by the main traffic lights in Cheriton, where you have the Coral betting shop and newsagents further down. Also where the old post office was is now a computer shop next to Deep south tattoo shop where May#@*%! used to be. Hope this helps :)

Amy Sackree Tuesday, 13 October 2015 13:15
Also i have enjoyed seeing the Cheriton pictures, was nice to see how it used to look after having lived here my whole life
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