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31) Rich  Male
Location:
Folkestone
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:08 Write a comment

My grandad was born in East st (harbour)to a large fishing family but sadly no longer with us.
He had many books of Folkestone and new hundreds of people over the years,he would have loved to have looked at this well documented and put together web site,I to have found this to be of great interest and fascinating look bk in time.congratulations on A professional And well thought out yesteryear folkestone site. cool
30) Bruce Lloyd  Male
Location:
Wollongong, Australia
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Saturday, 9 May 2015 01:51 Write a comment

Just rediscovered this site (it keeps moving). The photos bring back wonderful memories.

I lived in Folkestone from 1954 until 1966 but my parents lived there until about 1989 so obviously I visited.

Attended Christ Church primary and the Harvey.
29) paul salisbury  Male
Location:
Teesside
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:02 Write a comment

I have good memories of church road and the C W G hall which was next to the magic also remember Fortuna and sunshine cafe's

paul salisbury Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:06
Naffi not magic

David Connolly Friday, 10 March 2017 03:43
I had my 21st birthday bash at the CWG Hall, Church Road in April 1971. Re Paul's post, I believe it was the Navy, Army, Air Force Institutes (NAAFI).
28) Jerrian Dafou 
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Sunday, 8 March 2015 22:25 Write a comment

Hi there,

I find your site very interesting for anyone curious to learn about the history of Folkestone.

I have a query about a residential building : No 80 Bouverie Road West.

Amongst all the other buildings of the same street, this is the only one (re) built without the traditional bay windows.

The reason for that as stated by current owners is that the building was bombed in WWII

Could anyone give me some more information regarding the circumstances of this bombing? Date, scale of the damages, casualties and when was it re-built and why rebuilt without a bay window?

I would be grateful for any information supplied

Christine - website owner Sunday, 8 March 2015 22:26
I don't have any information on this Jerrian, but I am hoping someone here does, so keep checking back.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 11 March 2015 13:47
No bombs fell on that stretch of BRW according to the map published with Frontline Folkestone. Some years ago I purchased a piano from No. 84 and the vendor told me that the properties suffered from damp due to an ancient stream on that stretch. I fancy the property may have had a structural problem, necessitating the removal of the bays.

Christine - website owner Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:47
Thank you Paul, very kind of you to research it for Jerrian.
27) Jane Spall  Female
Location:
Suffolk
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Saturday, 28 February 2015 16:05 Write a comment

The top photograph of Mundela Primary shows my father, he is the little lad with the white bandage on his head. I'm guessing the year would have been about 1927/8 as he was born in 1923

Christine - website owner Saturday, 7 March 2015 11:12
Hi Jane: Thank you very much for the information, I have added it to the page, it's nice to have the date of the photo pinned down. Hope your father wasn't too badly injured prior to the photo being taken.
26) sharon webb  Female
Location:
United Kingdom
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Sunday, 1 February 2015 13:57 Write a comment

My Great Grand Uncle Arthur Edward Potten is listed as died on 5th oct 1940 he was a special police man on/off duty from at the time in air raids wonder if anyone knew anymore info

Paul Seward Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:13
There were four visits to the town by the Luftwaffe on that day. A chance hit by a Dornier on a blockhouse being built on the Leas caused the instantaneous death of five workmen, probably employed on the task by Otto Marx, a well-known local builder. The blockhouse formed part of the defences of the Mill Point Battery, situated to the south of Clifton Crescent. A, very grainy, photograph of the aftermath appears in Frontline Folkestone, published by the Herald after the war.
25) BRIIAN JOHNS  Male
Location:
ashford kent
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Friday, 30 January 2015 15:57 Write a comment

Hi i am trying to trace old bikers from the Sunshine cafe in cheriton high street in 1963 to 1970

ricky flood Thursday, 23 April 2015 08:22
Malcom hammill would be the one to call
ex morehall school like myself

Rich Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:42
David guest
Harry brunt
Still living in folkestone..

Dick Tym Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:28
Hi just found your post. In the early 60s I used to ride down to the Shine from Ashford virtualy every night. I remember having a really bad accident on the 21st May 66 whilst riding back to The Shine after a visit to the Trap at Sandwich. I'm now 68 and bikes are still my only means of transport
24) Andrew Day 
Location:
Isle of Wight
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Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:51 Write a comment

(24) My family holidayed in Folkestone in 1966. Here is a picture of me with my mother. How's that for a salute?
I have a clip of 8mm cine film converted to digital if you're interested.

Christine - site owner Thursday, 22 January 2015 21:41
Hi Andrew, that's a fabulous photo. May I add it to the website please?

If you have your film on You Tube, we could add a link to it there.

Lesley Finlay Friday, 13 March 2015 07:42
Hi Andrew Would it be possible to use this image in the Folkestone Herald?
Best wishes
Lesley Finlay
23) Britta Von Zweigbergk  Female
Location:
UK/ Kent
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:37 Write a comment

Ps from yesterday and correction re not noticed error in typing . It was of course Miss Blayney , the English teacher at Harcourt School and she was quite inspirational , also Miss Main the Geography teacher. She lived along the Esplanade in Sandgate . Lovely to read others memories of Folkestone and surrounding area.

Christine - website owner Wednesday, 14 January 2015 22:46
Yes Britta, Miss Blayney (or was it Blainey?) was my home room teacher as well as my English teacher. I remember Miss Main too.
If you look towards the bottom of the People page, you will see clickable sections of a large school photo, I am sure you will recognise many of the teachers if not the pupils.
22) Courtney  Female
Location:
Hythe
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Monday, 8 December 2014 08:27 Write a comment

(22) I believe the crumbling Martello tower you have towards the bottom of the Hythe Page may in fact be Martello number 17, as the more recent tower you have displayed underneath is in fact martello tower 19, which is seen in the photo I have posted still standing. I'm not sure when the photo was taken though however :) Great page though, it's helping me alot with my photography research!

Courtney Wednesday, 14 January 2015 03:59
Just an update after doing some more research:

A report from the Times Newspaper in 1899 reads that "the tower near the redoubt at Dymchurch been split into 2 by the action of the sea sucking away the shingle from the base". Remains of tower 17 and adjacent tower 16 were visible into the 1970's event though they started to collapse in 1899 and the Autumn of 1938. Between towers 18 and 19 used to also stand a 6 gun battery fort known as Fort Moncrief, however this was claimed by the sea in 1873. I have also managed to find an aerial view of Martello tower 19 dating back to 1947, found on this website: [www.britainfromabove.org.uk]

I don't know if this is useful or not, I found it very interesting though :)

Courtney

Christine - website owner Wednesday, 14 January 2015 22:42
Thank you Courtney, that is indeed very interesting. I have added your comments and your photo to the bottom of the Hythe page.
Thanks again. big grin
21) Liz Riddalls  Female
Location:
Canada
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Friday, 10 October 2014 21:33 Write a comment

What a great website, and what a lot of fond memories it stirs. Like you I was raised in Cheriton (Biggins Wood Road), went to Harcourt Secondary, and now live in Canada. I can't even calculate how many times as a kid I explored the woods, fields and hills behind our house. The vacant ground, brick kiln and quarry were particularly exciting places to play in....as long as Mum didn't find out! Now of course, the whole area is beneath the Eurotunnel workings.

Thanks for the extraordinary amount of work it must have taken to compile the content of this wonderful trip down memory lane.

Christine (site owner) Saturday, 11 October 2014 01:32
Thank you Liz, it's very kind of you to say.

Which years were you at Harcourt? I left in 1959.

Liz Saturday, 11 October 2014 03:24
I was at Harcourt from 1962 -1968
It was Miss Main the geography teacher in one of the prefab buildings there, who inspired my determination to come to Canada. Her sister lived in BC and there were piles of Beautiful BC magazines in the classroom...I've been here now since 1972

Christine (site owner) Saturday, 25 October 2014 01:45
Miss Main was there at the same time I was too, but I remember Miss Blainey the most. We had her for English. Of course Miss Ashdown was headmistress. I too now live in Canada, in Winnipeg.

ricky flood Tuesday, 28 April 2015 11:23
do you remember Helen flood im her brother

JAYNE L WATSON Saturday, 11 March 2017 15:15
Hi Ricky
I remember Helen, she was in my class,Mrs Laming was our teacher.
20) Janet Scott nee Gaynor  Female
Location:
Nangkita South Australia
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Sunday, 28 September 2014 05:04 Write a comment

How lovely to see pictures of dear old Hythe. I grew up in Hythe during the 50s and early 60s and whilst born in London always call Hythe my home town. I left U.K. to live in Australia in 1966 and have only been "home" a few times over the years. I married a Cheriton Boy, Peter Scott in Perth Western Australia in 1970.
During the summer my family would spend hours on the beach, at tea time my father would walk along to the four winds cafe to get a tray of tea for us to enjoy on the beach. Tea pot, milk, sugar, cups and saucers, spoons, the works. I can still see my Dad walking back along the sea front, grinning from ear to ear, as he returned to us with his tray of refreshments. Life was so uncomplicated and simple pleasures such a joy.
19) mick marsh  Male
Location:
folkestone
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Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:24 Write a comment

hi nice site :) brings back memories :)
18) Christine - Website owner 
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Friday, 19 September 2014 18:30 Write a comment

I have been receiving lots of error messages from this guestbook. If you have been trying to post, and are having trouble, please drop me a line at folkestonethenandnow@gmail.com and I will try to help.
17) Elliott Sampford 
Location:
Heighington, Lincolnshire
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 23:53 Write a comment

I congratulate you on your excellent, informative and memory jogging website. Although my family didn't move to Folkestone until the end of 1951, when I was three years old, I always consider it as my home town. I left the area in 1967 when I enlisted into the Army.


During the period I lived in the following locations: Folkestone - Dover Road, London Street, The Bayle Steps (connection from the Old High Street to Bayle Street [If I remember there were only two houses])Cheriton Road, (close to the junction with Radnor Park West); and Hythe - West Parade,(either at the junction with Albert Road or Ormonde Road).

My schooling was at Dover Road Primary (as I always knew it until visiting this website), Christ Church Primary, and Brockhill County Secondary for Boys in Saltwood, Hythe.

I have spent many enjoyable hours looking into different facets of the website, but I feel I've only scratched the surface of the depth of information you have meticulously brought together.

Continued next post.....
16) Elliott Sampford  Male
Location:
Heighington, Lincolnshire
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 23:39 Write a comment

Continued from above message:

I have only just become aware of your site during the early stages of my research into my younger years in the Folkestone, Hythe and Stelling Minnis area. I'm planning on writing articles on different episodes of my life there, for my personal weblog.

One of the exciting facts that I have come across within the 'Buildings' section (page 2) is the photograph of the St. Mary's National School in Dover Road. I believe it is in fact what I referred to earlier as just Dover Road Primary. In November 1951 we moved into 78 Dover Road when my parents owned the Elliot's Dairy shop; which was on the corner with Charlotte Street. The school was on the opposite side of the road. I think I used to enter school by the gate shown on the left of the picture. Unfortunately the business didn't survive so it may not be shown in your 1958 Kelly's.

A further pleasant surprise is that in the 'Hotel' section you have the photograph of the Garden House Hotel. Sometime either side of 1960 my mother worked in the hotel. I believe she was possibly in the reception/administration section.
15) Nicola  Female
Location:
Powys, Wales
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Monday, 25 August 2014 12:37 Write a comment

My father was born in Folkestone and went to school at St Nicholas School, I have a lovely photo of the class in 1951 taken by 'Lambert Weston & Son of 106 sandgate road. Does any one know any more about the school? I am doing a memory book for his 70th Birthday!

Christine (site owner) Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:00
I don't remember a school by this name Nicola. Do you happen to know where in Folkestone it was located? There is a St. Nicholas Nursery school now in Wiltie Gardens Folkestone, but it is a nursery school situated in a house.

Christine (site owner) Wednesday, 27 August 2014 20:35
I have sent you an e-mail to let you know that I have one school listed on my Buildings page as that name, but it was an all girls private school which closed in 1924. However, I have no record of whether it re-opened as a boys school, or a co-ed.

Paul Seward Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:30
St.Nicholas School was in Wiltie Gardens.

Christine - website owner Tuesday, 10 February 2015 22:24
Thank you Paul. Do you know if it was once a boys' school, or co-ed? As I mentioned above, it was a girls private school until 1924, then I have no information until currently, where it is now a nursery school.

Paul Seward Friday, 1 May 2015 10:57
At last I have had an opportunity to speak to a former pupil. It was co-ed up to 1941 and then re-opened after the war as, I believe, a boys'school. I can remember the green caps with a StN badge. All uniforms sold in those days at Broadleys in Sandegate Road.

Christine - site owner Saturday, 2 May 2015 01:04
Thank you Paul, I appreciate the effort you have gone to on this, and I am sure Nicola will too if she comes back.
14) Anthony Surridge  Male
Location:
Newingreen, Kent, CT21 4JB
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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:21 Write a comment

Hello, My father was an RSM with 2nd Bn The Buffs during WW2 and towards the end of WW2 my mother, two brothers and I lived in one of the two warrant offer's quarters which are only yards to the west of the large military church at Shorncliffe (now a theatre). The houses are still there. I can remember (1947) starting school at the age of 5 in the Shorncliffe primary school (I think it was called the Sir John Moore's School) which was located in the grass to the north side of, but close to, the church. Close to where we lived (at the Shorncliffe terminal bus-stop of the old East Kent Route 99) was a post office and a large building which served as an 'over-ranks' mess.I'm sure it was called Montgomery Home. On the grass, close to the school were two bungalows which were used as Officers' married quarters. I can remember that a captain (of the Education Corps) lived in one,with his family, because I started school with his eldest son. I can remember the Sunday morning church parades which were held on the playing fields just south of our house. We watched from my bedroom window. The soldiers would then march into the large military church. Except for my own times in the forces, and absence due to business, I have lived in the Folkestone vicinity ever since and have witnessed many changes.

George.Hills Saturday, 30 January 2016 10:42
Hi yes you have got the name of the large building right it was indeed called Montgomery home.I lived for many years in Risboro Lane just up from the Victoria pub and and can remember what was called the manage where the Cavalry used to train.Now of course married quarters.
13) Pam Carwardine 
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 21:50 Write a comment

Last week I visited Hythe for the first time since I was 17 years old. My parents, three sisters and I used to holiday there during the 1950ís. We would rent a cottage in Stade Street and self cater. Our connection with Hythe started when my mother convalesced there a few times after being unwell during pregnancies. My father worked for London Transport at the time. I feel I sure I stayed with her as well and can remember there being only women and children. I could remember the name of the home was Philbeach but couldnít remember where it was when we visited last week, therefore I was delighted when I arrived home and looked on Google to find the website with all the photographs especially those of Philbeach. The canal is just as lovely as it was and my most vivid memory was of the Fete that I am sure we saw every year. Having become reacquainted with Hythe I shall visit again soon.

Thank you so much to the lady who put the photographs on the site.

Pam Carwardine
12) freddy jones  Male
Location:
hoddesdon, herts
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Friday, 1 August 2014 13:46 Write a comment

Hi there. Way back in 1952 I joined the "Maid of Orleans" at Dover and then spent rest of the season sailing between Folkestone and Boulogne as an assistant steward. Hard work, but lots of fun and I shall long remember it. Silver service then, cars winched on board,carrying baggage on a shoulder strap down the gangway to the Paris train. All those wonderful tips (kitchews"), running across the harbour late at night with contraband ciggies and booze! I am in my eighties now hoping for reincarnation and a chance to sail on the "Maid" again backwards and forwards forever!! Au revoir.

Hills Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:23
Hi did you by any chance know any of the Whitingstall bros who used to work in the engine room?
I never worked on her but had many trips back and forwards on her happy day's.
I too am in my eighties.

mick marsh Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:21
hi i wonder if you remember my dad ableseaman bert marsh,and his mate was a bloke called jocker hudson they was on the maid of orleans,i was born in folk 1958 and still here today but the town has changed so much :)
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