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Memories of Folkestone

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I Think This is me And my Dog

The Quayside c1960, Folkestone
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I think this is a photo of me (note groovy sunglasses) walking my dog Zoe. I used to walk her along by the sea from Folkestone through Sandgate to Seabrook (in high heels!). I think it was about 1962-64 and I remember the coat, which was Kingfisher Blue.

Hawkinge, my Birthplace

Channel Tunnel Terminal 2003, Folkestone
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I was born at Corner House, at the bottom of Aerodrome Rd, Hawkinge on 31st August 1936. My parents were the local newsagents in Canterbury Rd, backing onto the famous airfield.  I have vivid childhood memories of the war years and especially the Battle of Britain, the year I was 4.    The photographs and nostalgic comments from your contributors 'ring bells' for me;  as a teenager I often travelled by cycle in the summer months via Caesar's Camp hill to Harvey Grammar School, Cheriton Rd, Folkestone so I remember Holy Well area and the countryside fringing Folkestone where the Channel Tunnel Terminal is now, very well !  I sometimes cycled delivering newspapers during the summer holidays in the area 'behind' the airfield....Gibralter, Arpinge and so on, so the views from the top of the Down over Folkestone with the Channel and France beyond (on a clear day!!!) and over towards Romney Marsh in the other direction are still a vivid memory.  My wife and I now live in Alston... Read more

My Great Grandfather

St Mary's And St Eanswythe's Church 1892, Folkestone
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My great grand father was married in this church in 1885 to Miss Alice Llilee, they 8 children between 1885 and 1903 and one of those children was my grandfather Robert Hall (1888/1954). I think there might be records of them kept in the church. I do ancester research and have found 2 killed in WW1.


The Beach And Pools c1950, Folkestone
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Remember going to the pool during the summer, and going to the mini zoo that was between the pool and roller skating rink ,and hearing the animals while you changed.


The Harbour 1912, Folkestone
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JULY 19TH 2012 JOHN MAY VANCOUVER CANADA Father family name - May. Mothers family name - Pay. Grandfather and his four brothers (on fathers side) - fishermen All born on the Stade in the harbour. Grandfather and his brothers (on mother's side) - seamen working the colliers brigs from the Tyne and Hartelpool bringing coal to the Folkestone gas works, timber brigs brought timber from the Baltic for Tolputts timber yard located on the tram road. My father worked discharging them as he worked at Tolputts - with my wife's father - (Alfred Ives). Eventually we all worked on the ferries including me. Folkestone was a great place to grow up in. John May Vancouver, Canada E-mail

Children's Roundabout on The East Beach at Folkestone

Channel Tunnel Terminal 2003, Folkestone
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Does anyone remember the simple children's roundabout on the east beach? I had a holiday there in 1947 and I was so fascinated by the roundabout that I wandered off the beach hoping someone would pay for a ride for me. When my Mum found me I was giving a sharp slap for going missing!

Martha West

High Street c1955, Folkestone
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I am the most sorriest person I don't have a memory of this amazing place...but my 3 x great-grandmother died in this street and was found by her grand daughter Susannah Swain (nee West). What did it look like then...I wish I had been there...

Memories of my Childhood And The High Street

High Street c1955, Folkestone
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I was born in Folkestone in July 1950, now living in New York since 1978. I remember as a child my mum or my aunt would take me down the high street, rarely up for obvious reasons, and stop at Andy Amos or Jimmy Rowlands for sweets. I remember the rock and the aniseed twist, toffee apples, the smell was heaven and sometimes watched to see how rock was made.

During my teen years, I used to hang out at the Acropolis, the "in" coffee bar at the time which used to have a reputation for drugs, not that I ever saw anything like that. My father forbid me to go there but this being the 60s, defiance was everything. I visited the hight street back in 2001, my last visit to Folkestone. I have to say the town has changed quite a lot, not for the best I'm sorry to say. It was a lot better when I was growing up. ... Read more

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