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Offline Peter Shearan

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Folkestone Harbour
« on: July 09, 2014, 19:03:37 pm »
This photograph was probably taken in the late twenties and early thirties - the lady at top left is wearing a hat that suggests that.  My father wrote on the back 'bringing in the fish at Folkestone Harbour.   

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Re: Folkestone Harbour
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2014, 21:39:55 pm »
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Offline John

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Re: Folkestone Harbour
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 08:06:35 am »
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Saturday 04 October 1913

Folkestone Harbour’s Early History. That our forefathers were not lacking in enterprise is evidenced by the fact that the original harbour at Folkestone owes its existence to tbe efforts of the "villagers" over a century ago. It will be of some interest to visitors to learn that the undertaking was started under the auspices of company with a capital of £59,000 in £50 shares. The venture, after passing through many vicissitudes, was unsuccessful. Of course, we all know how the South Eastern Company took over the concern, and achieved ultimate success.

The Foundation Stone. What I want more particularly to refer to is the laying of the foundation stone, which took place on April 30th, 1808. The "Kentish Chronicle" of May 3rd of that year stated:-  "At about 11 a.m. the Mayor, attended by the clergyman, the Recorder, the Directors of the Harbour, and a number of subscribers and other gentlemen, preceded by a band of music, with colours flying, arrived at the spot where the pier is to commence. The foundation stone contains 99 cubic feet, and was computed to weigh about 7 tons 15cwt; on it is cut the followin inscription: ‘F. H. Ap. xxx., .MDCCVIII. This stone was laid by Thomas Baker, Esq., Mayor.’

Upon its being placed, the Mayor gave the following short, but appropriate toast: ‘May Heaven reward the endeavours of spirited men, and prosper the Folkestone Harbour.' which was enthusiastically drank by the surrounding gentlemen. It was cheered three times three by the multitude, who hailed it the proudest day for Folkestone — the downfall of its former unimportance, and betokening its future greatness! Guns were fired from the Battery (on the site opposite the new ‘Herald’ Offices), and also from a brig in the roads, the band playing 'Rule, Britannia' etc., and a butt of ale was given to the populace on the beach, which created considerable diversion to the ladies, who were equally desirous of testifying their good wishes for its completion by condescending to drink to its success. The procession, on its return, marched the boundary of the Harbour by the water’s edge."

It would be interesting to learn where that stone now is, and also that of the new Harbour laid by the late King Edward VII, when he was Prince of Wales.
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Re: Folkestone Harbour
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2015, 21:08:37 pm »

Folkestone Harbour

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Re: Folkestone Harbour
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 20:23:16 pm »
Another Channel Boat leaving Folkestone Harbour Is this later or earlier than previous postcard.
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Re: Folkestone Harbour
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2016, 21:39:22 pm »
Looks like Riviera or her sister ship Engadine - in service 1911, whereas the previous coloured shot was Onward - 1910.  The single funnel vessel in the other pic bears resemblance to the first Canterbury, probably later.

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Re: Folkestone Harbour
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2016, 08:48:30 am »
Some photos from a couple of years ago:

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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2016, 17:56:06 pm »
A 'holiday snap' from moi!  I think the 'Big Top' was a visiting Russian circus.

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Re: Folkestone Harbour
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2024, 18:24:29 pm »
I was a BTP officer at Folkestone Harbour, I attended a fatality on the ramp where the fishermen are walking with their catch. This was the mid 80s, if recall correctly it was young man who had jumped from a wall into the harbour and ended up hitting his head on a submerged ramp.