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51) Chris McNair  Male
Location:
auatralia
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Thursday, 8 October 2015 00:52 Write a comment

I worked and lived at The Princes Hotel , Bouverie Road West Folkstone in 1955/6 and have a few memories
I can share

Christine - Site owner Thursday, 8 October 2015 00:55
I don't think I have the Princes Hotel on my Hotels page Chris. You don't happen to have a photo of it, do you?

chris mcnair Thursday, 8 October 2015 01:26
Hi Christine
You do have a photo,It was called Huberts Hotel before and was on the site of the Police Station in Bouverie Road West.It was bought by an insurance co. a better name for it would have been Fawlty Towers

chris mcnair Thursday, 8 October 2015 01:58
Hi Christine
I was going by memory, The name of the hotel was Hunderts Hotel and was demolished in 1977. Its on Page 3

Paul Seward Saturday, 10 October 2015 10:45
Would love to read the memories, Chris. Was the guy who ran it Capt. Beaumont? Did you have one or two permanent residents? Any other staff names?

Chris McNair Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:33
Hi Paul
Right first time .I will be forever grateful for the advice he gave me as a 13 homeless boy
Memories to follow soon

ChrisMcNair Sunday, 11 October 2015 19:42
Hi Paul
I worked as a kitchen hand and never went into the main buildig so did not meet any of the guests.
The staff were Head Waiter.Eddy
Chefs Jan from Poland
John a #@*%!ney
Hall Porter Pete ?
Maid Monique Italian learning english I have a vague memory she was royalty. She was sweet and mothered me

Manager Capt.Beaumont I believe he was the Son in Law Of the lady owner

More to come

chris mcnair Wednesday, 14 October 2015 02:27
Hi Paul.
My comment about Fawlty Towers was based on the general chaos in the kitchen and surrounding area.
The two chefs , Jan and #@*%!ney John did not get on and were always shouting at one another. There was one occasion when Jan was screaming at John while chasing him around the central workbench trying to stab him with a large carving knife. John was screaming just as loud with fear.I had to jump on the kitchen sink to avoid the knife myself.
Eddy was married and had a house nearby but preferred to live in the basement staff quarters.
I remember Capt. Beaumont being immaculate in dress and speach

More to follow.

CHRIS MCNAIR Friday, 30 October 2015 17:55
Hi Paul
I am now 74 and am writing my memoirs for the family.
Thinking back I realise that when my family were together we led a very comfortable life in Beckenham My fathers business failed and we broke up and I ended up in Folkstone as a kitchen hand.
I can remember standing in my room,on the radio Tex Ritter was singing The Waywood Wind and I said to myself " Im going to get out of this"The next day I gave in my notice.
Capt.Beaumont said that because of my lack of schooling I would have to work twice as hard to succeed.I took his advice.
Age 16 I started buying,mending and selling old cars,My Brother joined me and we built a very successful dealership [Havelock Motors Luton]
I would be very interested to hear more of Capt.Beaumont and the owners of the Hotel.
Even today I can hear Moniques beautiful italian accent and Chef Johns East End one
I recall the theater next door being very run down and scruffy.

More to follow
50) Mike Howland  Male
Location:
Swingfield
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015 08:52 Write a comment

Hello Christine,
Sorry to say that I haven't looked at the site for a while. There is so much of interest.
I'm particularly interested in the Hawkinge page as I spent a very happy childhood there and still live close by.
My Mum, Gladys Howland (nee Brisley) is in the front row, left in the 1st Hawkinge guides. She was organist and occasional choir mistress at St Lukes and St Michaels until a few months before her death in 1969. I can confirm that the faded photo is St Michaels and is the familiar view from the path to the church.
The attached photo had me puzzled for a while. Taken from the Aerodrome, it shows the old Post office and the back of the 4 semi-detached houses in Mill Lane. There are no shops opposite the Post office (My grandfather Brisley helped build some of them) and it's hard to tell if the school is just out of shot.
Please feel free to use any other photos or information from my website.
Best Regards,
Mike

Mike Howland Tuesday, 6 October 2015 09:00
Just looked in the archive and found that I'd already sent most of that info. Senior moment! embarrassment
Mike
49) christine smith  Female
Location:
spain
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Monday, 28 September 2015 14:26 Write a comment

Cannot find mention anywhere of the terrible accident which ocurred at 69 Ashley Avenue when a hand grenade was thrown against a wall in the garden killing one little 5 year old girl by the name of Kathleen Patricia Donogue and maiming several older children. Itīs almost as if it never happened. The little girl was my half-sister known as Patsy

Christine Smith Thursday, 1 October 2015 06:03
re: Patsy Donogue
Date of accident 30 January 1944, Cheriton.
Children maimed, Albert Kirkham, David and Marion Wise, Stanley and Marina Kirkham and Keith Norris. The house where the tragedy occurred belonged to the Kirkhams. Anybody remember that day?

Christine - site owner Thursday, 1 October 2015 20:06
This tragic incident is certainly mentioned Christine, you will find it on the Military & Wartime page. After you wrote here about it a couple of years ago, a gentleman did some research on it for you, and has some material for you, but you didn't leave an e-mail address last time. I have written to you by e-mail now, and will put you in touch with the gentleman in question if you wish.

Mark Hourahane Monday, 7 March 2016 09:53
Hi Christine,

Sorry it has taken so long for us to connect - I'm pleased you came back!

As Christine (site owner) said, I have a fair bit of information on this for you. She now has my current e-mail address, which hopefully she can pass on to you.

Sadly, the old guestbook had a fault which didn't log your e-mail address, but I believe Christine has it now!

Look forward to speaking to you.
48) simon  Male
Location:
folkestone
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Sunday, 13 September 2015 13:51 Write a comment

A great set of pictures, so nice to see how it all used to be.

Christine - Site Owner Sunday, 13 September 2015 14:51
Thank you Simon.
47) Debbie Bradley  Female
Location:
Hawkinge
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Friday, 21 August 2015 16:07 Write a comment

What a wonderful page, thank you so much for sharing these photos
We live on the canterbury road and really interested to see the photos you have, do you know roughly what year they were taken?
I am interested to know when the school on Canterbury road and the houses along that section of the road were built? Also whether the airfield ran along the back of those houses opposite the school?
Thanks again for taking the time to creat this page

Paul Seward Monday, 24 August 2015 10:33
The school is Victorian, shown on the map of 1913. The houses were built in the 20s/30s. Interestingly there is a gap in the residential properties and you'll see the Village Hall occupies part of this area. The reason? It was at the end of one of the grass runways and the developer would probably have had difficulty selling a property in such a position. I can remember driving past one day and getting the shock of my life as a C41 (Dakota) took off directly overhead!

Debbie Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:27
Thanks Paul, interesting stuff! we thought 1930s so really helpful info. And helpts put the airfield layout into perspective
thanks again

Carolyn Sunday, 17 April 2016 20:41
When I lived in Hawkinge (Old Rectory Close) from the early 1960s on, what I presume had been the airfield was right at the back of the line of houses/shops opposite the school and was being used for grazing sheep. There was also a small field at the side of Mill Lane, also used for sheep,one of which headbutted my mother's spaniel - probably the only case of a sheep worrying a dog!
46) Robin Eyers  Male
Location:
Canterbury
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Friday, 21 August 2015 10:06 Write a comment

(Continued)
Our neighbours included the mayor, Alderman george Gurr and his wife. (He is on record having advised townsfolk that they were "safer in their own beds."

Our house was repaired at the end of the War and we reoccupied it for a time from early 1946, hence my attending Harcourt Primary School, newly occupied though built in 1939. We then moved to take over 'The Valiant Sailor', then without its farm. (See my earlier submissions re Pubs).

Christine - site owner Friday, 21 August 2015 12:10
Loving your memories Robin, and am learning a lot. I always wondered why there were cows so close to the Valiant Sailor in my very old photo, I didn't know it was part of a farm at one time.
I did know about the parachute mine in Morehall Avenue, but it puts a different perspective on it when you hear from someone who was right there. How fortunate you and your family were that day!
I didn't know about the air raid shelter under the pavement in front of the Morehall Pub either.
Thank you so much for your contribution to my site!
45) Robin Eyers  Male
Location:
Canterury
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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
Location:
Canterbury
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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
Location:
Canterbury
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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
Location:
Kent
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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
Location:
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
Location:
folkestone
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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
Location:
california
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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.
38) Ian Murton  Male
Location:
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
Location:
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
Location:
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.
It reads "SCINDIA HOUSE".
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
Location:
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
Location:
ireland
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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
Location:
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
Location:
Folkestone
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Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:57 Write a comment

Hi,

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,

Dave.
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