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172) graham cann  Male
Location:
United Kingdom
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Saturday, 21 March 2020 11:22 Write a comment

hi.is there a jennifer sharp still out there.i went out with you for a few years.i live in beachborough rd you live just around the corner.you used to send your sister round to tell me your mum and dad have gone out so you could come round (lol now)
171) kevin whiteman  Male
Location:
United Kingdom
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Sunday, 8 March 2020 04:19 Write a comment

hi,great site , love just browsing through. i found on hotels page 3 you have a picture of "woodlands folkestone " this building is still standing, its at the bottom of earls avenue and is called tudor lodge number 63, its now flats
170) Ian Burgess  Male
Location:
Dover, Kent
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Sunday, 26 January 2020 04:02 Write a comment

Hi, i was born in charles crescent in 1961 .We lived next door to the Garnets on one side and the Robinsons the other.The Brisleys lived opposite.My grandad came to live with my Dad when my parents divorced but i never knew who my grandmother was,anyone know?
169) m  Male
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Saturday, 25 January 2020 09:33 Write a comment

did anyone live in connaught road folkstone on here in 1978 please or know of any info or community pages that may help as i am trying to trace somebody connected to family history? - thank you
168) Chris Roche  Male
Location:
Carshalton
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Sunday, 19 January 2020 05:07 Write a comment

Trying to touch base Christine I having grown up in and around Folkestone think I have something to add one side of my family were Birch from Sellinge cousin Les Birch known as Mr steam for the traction engines we as youngsters pretty much lived in the warren.
167) John  Male
Location:
Brisbane Australia
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Saturday, 21 December 2019 05:38 Write a comment

I was born in Folkestone hospital and lived in Hawkinge until emigrating to Australia in 1972.
I attended Hawkinge primary and Morehall secondary school.
My Grandparents lived on Albert Rd Folkestone. Tofts was the Friday Saturday night place to be. Remember seeing Osibisa at the Leas Cliff Hall where I met my girl friend of 18 months until I left under protest to Australia with my parents, I had just turned 17. Whilst Im now 64 I still have fond memories of Folkestone
166) John  Male
Location:
Brisbane Australia
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Saturday, 21 December 2019 05:38 Write a comment

I was born in Folkestone hospital and lived in Hawkinge until emigrating to Australia in 1972.
I attended Hawkinge primary and Morehall secondary school.
My Grandparents lived on Albert Rd Folkestone. Tofts was the Friday Saturday night place to be. Remember seeing Osibisa at the Leas Cliff Hall where I met my girl friend of 18 months until I left under protest to Australia with my parents, I had just turned 17. Whilst Im now 64 I still have fond memories of Folkestone

graham cann Friday, 19 June 2020 17:02
do you remember the swap swap in folkestone.i went to morehall aswell

Mick Roxburgh Monday, 5 April 2021 15:21
You may know my brother Peter ,he fits the dates you have shown .He lives in Thailand.
165) Sara Hogan  Female
Location:
Belgium
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Thursday, 21 November 2019 07:00 Write a comment

I have so many fond memories of afternoon trips from Hythe to Eastcliff sands. My favourite thing to on the way there was the swing boats near the sunny sands tea room. Does anyone have a picture of them?
164) steve mac  Male
Location:
athelstan road
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Saturday, 9 November 2019 10:46 Write a comment

Hi does anybody know if Noel Redding lived in Folkestone? I was told he lived in Foord Rd in the 1960's.I know about Seabrook but not Folkestone... thanks Steve.

Paul Seward Friday, 20 December 2019 11:03
If you know about Seabrook you may be interested to know that, staying in a pub in Oxfordshire the other week we met his fiancee Jill (then aged 17 and before he found fame). She even had a pic on her phone of the two of them on the RHDR.

graham cann Friday, 7 February 2020 11:50
yes he did.i lived in beachborough road

Richard Wallace Saturday, 18 April 2020 07:16
He went to the Harvey Grammar School in the early 60s. When he found fame I think he later bought his mum a caf at Dymchurch as I can remember him drinking in the City of London pub there once or twice when he was down in the village(circa 1969/70).

Peter White Tuesday, 3 November 2020 17:40
Noel's first gig was in the Hythe Youth Club in the Church House in St Leonards Road. At that time he was lead guitar with his band The Lonely Ones. He also played in the Institute in Prospect Road

Pamela wren Wednesday, 3 March 2021 02:10
I used to go to Noels bedroom with my friend in the 60s in seabrook and Noel would play his guitar for us
163) Ed Moore 
Location:
Marshall Street, Folkestone
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Saturday, 2 November 2019 08:38 Write a comment

We've just bought a house on the corner of Marshall street and Invincta road, Folkestone. We can tell from the deeds that it was some sort of shop. I'd be fascinated to know more.

Paul Seward Thursday, 7 November 2019 11:01
Nip into the reference library on Grace Hill and look at Kelly's Directory. From GSV it looks like there could have been shops on at least three corners of the Xroads.

Christine - site owner Friday, 22 November 2019 17:30
You dont say which house is yours, but as Paul said, there has been commercial premises on three of the four corners.

I checked my 1952 directory, and number 45 was listed as Corner Stores, so probably a grocers. 48 was Radio Relays Ltd., and a grocer by the name of Thomas Bowler and Son was at number 50.
162) Ed Moore 
Location:
Marshall Street, Folkestone
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Saturday, 2 November 2019 08:35 Write a comment

We've just bought a house on the corner of Marshall street and Invincta road, Folkestone. We can tell from the deeds that it was some sort of shop. I'd be ficinated to know more.
161) Mary Kitcher 
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Sunday, 20 October 2019 08:01 Write a comment

I recall as a child (1960's) a fish and chip shop near the gas works, ? Broadmead Road. Lovely fish and chips wrapped in newspaper which we'd eat by the toll road. Can anyone confirm the fish and chip shop location please?

Christine - Site owner Sunday, 20 October 2019 08:06
George Loulli had a fish & chip shop at 5 Broadmead Road in the 60s. Not sure about the Toll Road though. The only toll road in operation that I remember from my childhood was Lower Sandgate Road, and I am not sure, but I think they had done away with the tolls by the 60s. There used to be a toll house on Canterbury Road, up on the hill, but that was gone years before that.

ken white Sunday, 20 October 2019 08:42
yes it was georges fish and chips we used to get them on the way home from movies .just under the railway arch.

Chris Ashdown Sunday, 29 March 2020 07:07
Georges fish and chips what a memory 4 pence for chips and 6 pence when new potatoes were in, never seemed to change from those two prices, two doors along was the barber and then a fishing shop also owned by the off licence
160) Fliss 
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Friday, 27 September 2019 13:25 Write a comment

Weve recently moved onto Cheriton Road and have been told by our local builders that our house used to be Cherrystone Sweet Shop, run by Susan Boxhall. Does anyone remember it? In renovating the place we discovered an old doorway from the porch to the living room that had been boarded up but had old cigarette ads on the glass. Other little clues such as hundreds of very old empty chocolate button packets, too 😆
Would love to hear memories of the place, if anyone has any

ken.white Tuesday, 1 October 2019 12:31
hi. I remember a boxhalls news agent where would get dad a newspaper and cigs . I left cheriton in 1965 so much has changed if I recall there used to be a drug store next door .sorry cant help with chocolate wrappers .we live in Canada now .

Laura Palmer Saturday, 5 October 2019 10:51
I used to go there on my way home from school sometimes, in the early 90s. It was such a funny, old fashioned little shop, with all the old skool jars of sweets along the walls. My friend and I used to obsessively buy NikNaks crisps, and american Jolly Ranchers in the brief period of time they were sold here, but we'd also be all about getting like "50p of sherbert lemons" or Kola Kubes or whatever.
The lady who ran it was an eccentric-seeming old thing, tottering about...she must have been younger than she seemed to us, since I found out she only passed away last year.
Oh and in the room in back, there was a tiny tiny restaurant, like, maybe 3 little tables, where you could get like...basic homecooked stuff like stew, or a roast, or tea. I don't think we ever ate there, but maybe my mother went in for a cup of tea once or something.

Ronnie Day Tuesday, 29 October 2019 09:53
I used to go there often, they were open sunday afternoons, it always seemed a very quiet shop on entry and the owner was a man in mid 50's that had glasses and a moustache and always wore a blue/grey coloured coat with pockets.

Maureen Rossi Wednesday, 9 September 2020 12:05
We lived next door when we were first married in the early 70s. Mr Boxalll ran it more as a caf then I think with his daughter., though they did have cakes etc for sale.
It did seem a quiet shop but it seemed to have the sign above the shop/ caf for years after we left.

Fliss Monday, 3 May 2021 13:14
Thank you everyone for your replies!
159) John Dearn Smith  Male
Location:
Dubai
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Friday, 19 July 2019 11:13 Write a comment

You have a picture of the harbor entitled 40 to 50's. It shows an RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch near the old wooden jetty. My Father Sydney William Smith operated such a launch for Harbor trips after WW2. In 45 to 47. It was called "The Black Prince". His Mother Mary Jane Smith was the Innkeeper of the Packet Boat Inn between 1869 to 1899. Her sons Harry and Robert apprenticed with the Railways and became Chief Engineers on the cross Channel Ferries in the 1890's.
158) Eva Valerie Field nee Kimmings  Female
Location:
Halesowen
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Wednesday, 8 May 2019 04:56 Write a comment

My father and mother both worked in Vanes bakery in Totine Street. My father was a baker there until war broke out and my mother service in the shop. My father's name was William (Bill) Kimmings and my mother Margaret (Meg) Longhurst. My parents told me many stories of working there and how my father used to do the deliveries (after baking the bread) all over Folkestone. I know that when they married in March 1940 my father made their wedding cake with Mr & Mrs Vanes help. It was a skill that stayed with him until he died
157) Edward  Male
Location:
Deptford
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Saturday, 27 April 2019 05:19 Write a comment

Mum and Dad had a caravan on the Romney Marsh and as a family we came to Folkestone a lot, I remember Dad used to park on a green area at the top of the cliffs aboveThe Warren, where we would spend the day walking down into the Warren, playing games etc.

Just returned from a few days camping in the Warren and on walking into town from the campsite came across the large green area off Wear Bay Road, between the 2 Martello towers, I am sure this is where we used to park and picnic, I see that it is now fenced off with no vehicles allowed, can anyone else remember if this area was used by cars, this would be in the late 50's early 60's. Thank you

Gerry Stone Wednesday, 15 May 2019 08:03
Yes it was used for car parking around the time that you mentioned Edward. I can also remember seeing the refuse lorries tipping their loads over the cliffs during the late 1950s too!

Im not sure what that was all about but perhaps someone else may have an idea why.
156) Richard  Male
Location:
London
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Monday, 22 April 2019 13:04 Write a comment

I had a great time during the 1960's staying at the Warren camp site with my family, being able to wander the beach and cliffs making my way to and from the town and amusments. My friends were Graham Shorter and Elaine and Janet Hagger and I can't believe I still remember their names. All that freedom to run wild at a really young age was wonderful and I have such fond memories of Folkestone.
155) Christopher Ashdown  Male
Location:
1 Water Meadow Close
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Monday, 22 April 2019 08:08 Write a comment

Hi all
Used to live in Radno Park Cresent with family and sister pam , had good friends at number 30 Colin smith and hos sister Pat
I used to investigate the martello towers as a boy especially the one at the top of the warren and also at end of leas, both I guess death traps and borded up but fun for a 14 year old, Remember the warren being fenced off as a large minefield for a long time
Went to St Eansworth school then Hillside school first at dover road then at Park farm rd forms 2a1, 3a1, 4a1 etc
Remember theold ship Deal which just did freight cargo and bearthed in the fishing boat harbour and dried out at low tide, Had a friend Stan Gale who's dad was a fisherman i think owned FE5, most of the fishing boats were converted sailing trawlers with just a wing engine pocking out on one side, then a brand new boat FE20 and a open boat called Gleamer
Now moved to just outside Great Yarmouth, but lost touch with all when i joined the navy in 1962

John Gale Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:42
Hello, I remember Christopher well, although he has got my name wrong John not Stan, he's right about FE 5 "Happy Return did belong to my father Billy Gale, I went to sea in her. As for the Gleaner FE 76 owned by Alfie Waller I started my fishing career in her with Dave(Lergy)Milton as Skipper
John Gale

Christopher Ashdown Sunday, 29 March 2020 07:14
Nice to hear from you again John, I now live just outside Great Yarmouth, spent most of my life at sea, royal navy then oilfield, and finally a workwear shop online
Was the Happy retun one of those converted with a wing engine, i seem to remember many were. Its sad to se the pictures now with the harbour empty of fishing boats, guess we are both enjoying retirement now

John Gale Saturday, 5 December 2020 15:12
Good evening Christopher
Sorry I have been so long getting back to you.Yes Happy Return FE.5 did initially she did have a wing, then an Atlantic engine, but she had an Ailsa Craig 4 cylinder 46 h.p. Diesel fitted in 1959, When I left school I first went to sea in Gleaner FE.76 the open boat owned by Alfie Waller and skippered by Dave( Lergy ) Milton. I then went in the Mary Mayne FE.73 Fergy Noble owned and skippered her, after that I joined the Fair Chance FE.20 before crewing with my dad Billy (Moses ) Gale,when he bought the Silver Wings FE.185 from the film director Don Chaffey, I skippered her, I later came ashore to run Folkestone Trawlers. The Happy Return is still afloat, and fully restored as a sailing lugger 116 years after being launched, I now help run the Folkestone Fishing museum, unfortunately because of the dreaded covid we have not been able to open, but in the meantime we have written a fully illustrated hard back limited edition book on the history of the Folkestone fishing industry.
All the best and keep safe
John G
154) IAN DAVIS  Male
Location:
Old Rectory Close, HAWKINGE
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Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:10 Write a comment

Hi, just discovered this site when searching for Hills in Folkestone.
I am a volunteer with the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership where we help to conserve the sites around most of these hills and to restore chalk grassland in the Area, all new volunteers are welcome and it is a great way to learn about the area.
153) Jeff Hicks  Male
Location:
Cheriton Gardens
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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 09:37 Write a comment

(153) Hi Just wondered if you knew about Baronet Alfred Mellor Watkin? He lived where I live now in Cheriton Gardens and dug the first Channel Tunnel attempt in around 1860.
He's buried in the graveyard opposite Morrisons. The entrance to the Channel tunnel is boarded up but it's on the Warren.
Jeff

Paul Seward Wednesday, 24 April 2019 03:14
Indeed! He has his own road leading off Pavilion Road. The reason is that the land was originally a smallholding known as Pavilion Gardens, owned by the directors of the Pavilion Hotel. The smallholding supplied the hotel. When the land was developed the roads were named after the directors, Watkin, Bonsor, Edward et al.

Christine - site owner Tuesday, 28 May 2019 06:41
I learned something today! Thank you very much Jeff and Paul. Thanks also for showing us the grave Jeff
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