This is the folkestone war memorial which is placed stratigicaly at the top of a road called rememberence hill, it has special meanings for me because my fathers father is listed on the memorial for loosing his life in the 2nd world war, and it is also the gathering place every year on rememberence sunday where reathes are laid at the memorial
Folkestone and Dover are the nearest towns in England to France, and on a very clear day you can actually see houses on the cliffs of the French towns, i think its about 21 miles to France from here
This photo was taken on Folkestone's busyest day of the year when the Folkestone and shepway air show takes place. An estimated 120,000 people flock to Folkestone to whitness on of the best air shows in England, and as you can see theres not an inch of space left on the beach so if you dicide to visit the air show, get here early for the best vantage points
This is a view of Folkeston's inner harbour where all the boats are moored, there has been talk for years now about a luxury marina being built but i think that would spoil the beauty of Folkestone harbour, to the left of the photo shows the old coast guard tower which is no longer in use
This is the old swing bridge in Folkestone harbour. The old steam trains used to chug down to the harbour to collect people from the cross channel paddle steamers, and this brilliant piece of engineering used to turn the steam trains around fof the journey home. Sadly wit the demise of the cross channel ferries from Folkestone this section of railway has not been used for years
William Harvey was born in Folkestone in 1578 then after earning a degree at cambridge at the age of 20 he travelled to italy to study medicine at the university of padua. That was the center for western europian medical studies at that time. He graduated with honors in 1602 and returned to england wher he became a practicing doctor. Havey was fasinated by the way the blood flowed through the body. Most people at that time believed that food was converted into blood by the liver, then consumed as fuel by the body. Harvey knew this was untrue through his first hand observations of human and animal bodies. In 1628 he published a book about the study of the motion of the heart and of the blood in animals this book explained how blood was pumped from the heart throughout the body, then recirculated. this book was very controversial at that time and harvey lost many of his patients and friends, but this soon became the basis for all modern reserch on the subject of the heart and blood vessels. After all this he was at last recognized as a medical leader in his day. harvey was later appointed doctor to king charles1 of england. He died in 1657.
This is another spectacular grand victorian building, and once an impresive hotel. Royals and the wealthy wher the only people that could afford to stay in this hotel. Part of it is now being used as appartments and the glass conservatory at the front is the tea rooms. Well wirth a visit.
The metropole is now better known as the Folkestone arts center with a health and fitness club and a fine restaurant. This was once a truly luxurious hotel and victorian architecture at its best but sadly it has been turned into luxury appartments, still i can't think of a better place to live, can you?
This photo shows one of the oldest working rollercoasters in the world, its made entirely of wood. But alas because of the imminant closure of the fun park this rollercoaster and all the other rides are soon to be sold and the land redeveloped in the name of progress. I have a lot of memories of the Rotunda and it will be a very sad day when they knock it to the ground
This is another view of the Folkestone rotunda and probably the last one you will ever see. This week the old place which has been there for decades has been sold and it is to be pulled down to make way for a new development. It will be a sad day for me because i have all my childhood memories crammed into that place, i suppose you can't stop progress can you. i will keep you informed of any development
The rotunda is an amusment park that has been in Folkestone for over 70 years and has lots of memories for me when i was a boy. I think i must have spent my whole childhood in that place as well as most of my parents money Hahaha. The rotunda is another word for round and the original building was the largest unsuported dome building of its day. Its a bit like las vegas inside with hundreds of one arm bandits. Outside ther are various rides like dodgem cars and 2 roller coasters, one of which is an origianal wooden one.On sundays and bank holidays it is market day, one of the best in kent. In late 2003 some of the park is to be knoked down to make way for a multi screen cinima, bowling lanes, and luxury appartments, i don't know if this is a good or bad thing. Time will tell ?
This is another photo of the warren and this one was taken the morning after the worst storm the south east has ever had, the year was 1987 when without warning hurricane force winds struck Folkestone. Millions of trees were blown over and thousands lost there roofs and some even lost there lives. The ship you can see in the photo is the hengest cross channel ferry and no that is not the dock, that is in fact a beach. The hengest broke its moorings in the roughest sea i have ever seen in my life and was blown on to the rocks in the warren area. Fortunately there were no passengers on board and the crew that was on the ship where all saved.
The warren is a natural haven for wildlife and is a perfect place for long walks and beachcombing. It runs from Folkestone to the white cliffs of dover for about 7 miles or so, passing through lovely sceenery and veiws beneath the chalky cliffs and english channel. It is possible to walk the whole distance but if you are unaware of the area be warned, the channel is tidal and down there it comes in really fast, so make sure the tide is going out before you attempt this walk. Every year people get caught out doing this walk and they get trapped between the cliffs and sea. On this walk you will pass a nudist beach Yipeeeeeeeeeee, this is great if your a peeping tom, try the bushes nearby, there perfect, Oh if you want you can borrow my long grey coat and binoculars Hahahaha. Sorry for the unclear photo, it was very foggy on that day, i nearly got lost myself Hehehe.
This is the ideal place to go on a lovely sunday summer's day where you can pull up a deckchair and listen to orchestral music while you eat your fish n chips, and its free Yipeeeee Hahaha.
This lift is one of the last of its kind still working. It takes you from the rotunda amusment park on the beach to the town center at the top. These 2 lifts work by pumping water in to ther tanks to create enough weight to push one lift down and by steel cable pull the other one up. This is not recomended if your afraid of heights. This is victorian engineering at its best DON'T MISS IT.