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64) graham cann  Male
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 
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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
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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
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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
53) Bill Parker  Male
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
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
51) Chris McNair  Male
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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
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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 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
49) christine smith  Female
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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
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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
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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
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Friday, 21 August 2015 10:06 Write a comment

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
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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)
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