Hythe, The Pier And Ferry c.1960
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The 'Hotspur II' is seen here connecting with the train, currently operating a half-hourly service. Converted to take passenger traffic, the pier has used the same locomotives ever since the line opened in 1922. Extensive replanking of the pierhead was carried out in 1982, after development to the buildings there in 1970-71.

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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.

Memories of Hythe, the Pier and Ferry c1960

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. These memories are of Hythe, The Pier And Ferry c.1960

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I used the ferry to get to school in Southampton from 1961 to 1966.I well remember the shoals of Mullet which would gather at the stern of the Hotspur ferry when the boat was awaiting passengers. The river was so clear that the fish were a spectacle. I also remember the smells and sounds and warmth of the engine-room which the captain communicated with through a speaking tube. The seats outside, as I remember, comprised ...see more