Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.

Published 26 June 2003



HERALD reader Caroline Weeks is appealing for help in finding out something of the history of Park Road, Cheriton, where a good friend of hers spent the best years of her life as a child, she said.

Another Memories reader, Karan Clayton, is interested in finding out something about Ash Eton, Radnor Park, where she works as a caretaker.

She says she has been unable to find out much about it, other than that it is a century old and, before the Second World War, was a school for gentlemen, later becoming NHS offices.
IT’S NICE to hear that a Herald Memories feature has proved of interest to people living thousands of miles across the Atlantic, in the United States or even ‘down under,’ in Australia or New Zealand.

I recently heard by email from Seattle, Washington resident Tracy Hall Bretz, who lives at 1411 S. 250th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198 USA.

She received details, by email, of my article earlier this month, about former Folkestone mariner Captain William Stephen Wood, who commanded sailing ships plying between Folkestone and many European ports.

The article was based on a letter sent to me by Christine Cook, a great-grand-daughter of the sea captain. She lives in Foreland Avenue, Folkestone.

Christine told me Capt Wood had married Elizabeth Ann Wood (nee Hall) and her grandmother Mabel Florence Wood, was his sixth and youngest child. She was born at The Stade.

Tracy Hall Bretz said the article was of great interest to her because the Halls, (hence her middle name) were Folkestone members of her family.

“I have some letters and family details written by Mr Wood to my family here, and Elizabeth Ann was a witness to the marriage of my great-great grandparents, Cecil Begent and Mary Ann Hall, in 1881.
“I have copies of correspondence, pictures and a few obituaries into the 1930s, then all contact appears to have been lost.

“I have been trying to locate relatives still living in the area for a couple of years now, to no avail.”

Much of the information gleaned in her research may be read on her web site: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.eom/~ tbretz / while her email address is tracy_hb@ho tmail .com Reader Mrs Christine Cook sent me this photograph, right, of her grandmother Mabel Hopper (nee Wood) and mother Eileen Hopper, taken in the garden at The Durlocks, in June 1933, when Eileen was 13.

She told me the Durlocks homes were built through the influence of the Sassoon family for local fisher folk.

Before the Second World War, she said, her late grandparents rented No. 26 The Durlocks, while Sheila Elsey’s family, the Hintons, were at No. 19 - the house with a street lamp, on the left of the photo.

Referring to tenancy restrictions Chris says that in the early days at The Durlocks residents had to observe strict rules, and approval was needed, for instance, before any internal decorations or changes were carried out, even a basic thing like putting up a humble kitchen shelf!

There were Best Kept Garden competitions and her grandad Harry Hopper won this twice and was invited to Lympne
Castle to be congratulated by Sir Philip Sassoon MP.

Chelsea pensioner

Mrs Pam Dray, of Archer Road, Folkestone, sent me a copy of a photograph of a Chelsea pensioner from Folkestone, taken around the 1950s, which was sent to her by Peter Davies, of Godalming, who used to live in Folkestone.

Peter told her the photograph, right, was taken by his grandfather Mr Walter Beaney, and he wonders if the pensioner was Lance Corporal Frank Alexander Taylor (son of Stephen), of 26 Harvey Street who married his mother’s cousin, Dorothy Beaney, of 15 East Cliff, in 1918 and emigrated to Canada in the 1920s.

It is possible Frank came back to England after Dorothy died, and became a Chelsea pensioner.

•I was pleased to hear from Monty Banks, of Capel that his son Trevor, 48 this year, triumphed in his big race in Germany beating the world long-track champion.
Family hunt

Tramway could cost town 20,000 a mile - warning

1 QAQ COUNCILLOR Michell sparked anoth-•Lt/Vder long debate about the plan for a Folkestone tramway when he urged other members of the town council to agree with him that only the trolley system, witn overhead power lines, could ever be a financial success in the town. He suggested this might cost 7,000 per mile while the alternative, with a conduit in the road, could cost as much as 20,000 a mile. But fellow councillors questioned how he arrived at his figures. Alderman Stephen Penfold, several times mayor of the town and later knighted, led those who believed overhead power lines would destroy the beauty of the resort and cause serious injury to Folkestone. Alderman Banks believed a tramway system would reduce the rateable value of the town from 15 to 25 per cent. Eventually it was decided by a majority vote to apply for powers to extend the deadline by which a tramway scheme should be started. A new cliff lift was being built on the Leas near the Metropole Hotel. The designer was Reginald Pope, of Folkestone, who was also responsible for the already existing Folkestone and Sandgate lifts.
Coronation celebrations off to colourful start

■ QCOTHE ARMY not only joined in the >L730 Coronation celebrations half a century ago but also commemorated the 150th anniversary of the forming of a Light: Infantry Regiment at Shorncliffe by General Sir John Moore, whose military successes at Corunna had been marked by Shepway with a statue and memorial. General Sir John Harding, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, laid wreaths at both Shorncliffe and Sandgate during a week-long programme of events, another distinguished military officer visiting Folkestone being Field Marshal Lord Wilson of Libya. One of the photographic highlights; of the district's Coronation festivities was a Capel-le-Ferne procession, complete with fine Royal Coronation coach with a large squad of attractive and colourfully costumed young attendants, which featured on the front page of the Folkestone Herald. On another page Capel residents were pictured in the costumes of Henry VIII and his wives in the village's Coronation procession. Four policemen, including Scotland Yard special branch officers struggled to restrain a young man with three suitcases aboard the steamer Cote d'Azur just before it sailed for France. He was due to face charges.
Epic flight to India gets off to a nail-biting local start

*1 QOQTHERE were some anxious moments ^7^0 as a heavily laden plane, carrying 450 gallons of fuel, struggled to clear telegraph poles in its path as it set off from Lympne airfield on an epic flight to India and back. The gold and light blue coloured Fokker monoplane Princess Xenia, fitted with a British 400hp Bristol Jupiter engine, arrived at Lympne from Bristol, flew to Amsterdam for final adjustments and then returned to Lympne before setting off, piloted by Capt C de Barnard, with relief pilot Flying Officer E H Alliott, and the Duchess of Bedford, a flying enthusiast of 62, as a passenger. In his struggle to clear the airfield boundary and keep airborne the pilot narrowly averted disaster. The aircraft struck and cut through four telegraph wires as it made its shaky start on the fong-distance flight, expected to take several days. The town council decided to honour one of its successful sons by making him a Freeman of the town. He was Sir William Hall-Jones, born in Folkestone, who had a distinguished career in New Zealand. Sir William became a member of the NZ parliament in 1890 and was later in the upper house. The voting was unanimous.
Two million Saga shares go on the open market

^ 07QSAGA Holidays Ltd, of Folkestone, JL7 / Owas offering for sale more than two million shares which were priced at 105p each and reported that more than 6,400 investors had applied to buy them. Herald writer Robin Young was full of puns as he wrote of an unusual event in Folkestone: ''Opening the flood gates of Folkestone and District Water Company to visitors may have brought in a mere trickle, but the guests who attended bathed in enthusiasm,* he reported, going on to tell of the great interest shown in the museum-piece steam engines which powered pumping equipment, working hand in glove with computer-age technology; Also on show, and kept steaming all day, was the company's Allchin traction engine, Aquarius; dating from about 1903, which once powered a farmer's threshing machine, but was used for various purposes by the water company through the years. The editor criticised councillors' plan to axe one of Folkestone's major amenities, the outdoor swimming pool on Marine Parade. "Short-sighted to say the least" he wrote, although he conceded that not enough people used it to make it pay. It was eventually reprieved until the end of the season.

If anyone should have any a better picture than any on this page, or think I should add one they have, please email me at the following address:-