Folkestone, The Leas From The Pier 1901
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Folkestone has been a channel port since Saxon times, and France is visible from here on clear days. The Old Town is based around the steep narrow streets of the fishing harbour. The extensive seaside resort was developed in Victorian days, after the arrival of the railway.

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This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

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A Selection of Memories from Folkestone

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Folkestone

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My grandparents, Kenneth Gordon and Mavis Lyne Smith, opened this hotel in 1923. The money came partly from Mavis' mother, Harriet, who had been widowed in Barbados c.1897 and was left a substantial amount of money. Harriet purchased the Clifton Hotel and ran it until 1933.
My mum also worked at the swimming pool in the early sixties and I rented out the swimming costumes . I remember Ted and miss Tyrrell was the manageress
Memories? Many! Worked on the refurbishment of some of the shops on the left of the picture. Often went to the 'pictures' at the Central Cinema in George lane up the top. My late wife worked as secretary for the manager of Plummers at the top. Pre WW2 we used to play up and down the High Street and up onto the Bayle. Then down into South Street. Grandparents bought my first real pair of shoes in a shop ...see more
i remember my grandfather working in the security box at the entrance of folkestone harbour, i remember my grandmother would take me down to him during the morning to take his sandwiches, i would sometimes have to stay with him there because my mother had a long term illness so nan and grandad helped out by looking after me when dad was working or visiting my mum, my grandmother used to work at the ...see more