Dymchurch and Burmarsh in old picture postcards

Dymchurch and Burmarsh in old picture postcards

Auteur
:   Paul Harris
Gemeente
:  
Provincie
:   Kent
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-6652-2
Pagina's
:   80
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Introduetion

Following the success of''Dymchurch in old picture postcards', first published in 1998, I have been asked by European Library to produce a second volume of such pictures. This has not been a difficult task, since as well as there still being a lot of potential material not included in the first baak, more has subsequently come to light.

Once again the baak explores old Dymchurch by moving from west to east, starting at High Knocke early last century and moving through the village to the small hamlet of Burmarsh, here pictorially presented in detail for the first time.

Other subjects pictured in the new baak include the old casino at High Knocke, camping locally, various shops not included first time around and more about local fishing and kettlenets. Also covered are smugglers, floods, firework day parties, the picture house (yes, Dymchurch had its own cinema once!) the Deck Café and Checksfields garage. Here we additionally look at the various 193 Os buildings in the locality and the ancient and much renovated Neptune Inn. Again, sports teams are featured, and the Burmarsh bellringers. Apologies in advance for any names I have missed out or gat plain wrong.

The last part of the baak contains a full photographic record of Burmarsh, possibly the langest established settlement on the Marsh dating back to early Saxon times.

As with any book of this kind strange paradoxes between past and present become obvious. In these pages we see a Dymchurch smaller quieter and slower paced than today. There were less amusements for holidaymakers, fewer residential houses and flats and only very light through traffic. Yet the village in days gone by had two banks, a wider variety of shops and a cinema!

I have had considerable help in preparing this volume and must thank those who gave their time, pictures and information to the project. I am particularly indebted to J01m (Jumbo) Wraight for assembling from his own and others collections the pictures I have used. Jumbo also provided invaluable information for the captions on sports teams in particular and other aspects of local history. In addition he liaised with other local collectors and historians.

I would like to dunk local historian Iohn Stacey for so generously supplying photographs and information for the Burmarsh section of the book.

Finally I hope this book fills any noticeable gaps left by the first volume and records something more of the area in bygone days for posterity and for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike both new and long established.

Paul Harris, St. Mary's Bay 2001

1 A fine aerial view of the High Knocke area during the Inos. The small building near the bridge acrass the dyke was the lacal abattoir. Beyand this bath on the High Knocke site itself and alang Mill Raad can be seen extensive camping. Visitors to Dymchurch in thase days usually camped, bef are the advent of modern caravan and chalet develapments. Ta the right of the picture can be seen Martello Tower No. 25 with same military huts next ta it. Where the car park naw is next to the tower seems to be just undeveloped grassland.

2 Ihis 1930s view entitled Dymchurch Club shows what was at one time the SilverWaves casino. The distinctive style of

the building shows its 1930s origins. Built in 1934 this establishment has variously enjoyed life as the Martello Beach

Hotel, the Seabourne Club and the aforementioned casino. Increasing housing development took place in the area from 1 936 and

continues to this day. The club building was dernolished in 1963.

3 Here is a close-up of the extensive camping area seen distantly in picture number one. This is strung alang the dyke bank at the

bottom end of the raad that runs from Dymchurch to St. Mary in the Marsh. This may well be a 1930s view and was taken from

approximately where the Rosie Lee's fish n' chip restaurant now is. The dyke bank here is now fairly inaccessible.

4 This first WE. Cooper shop in Dymchurch was situated at roughly the viewpoint of the previous

photograph and first opened its doors in 1924. The building shown was built largely of asbestos,

which of course today would be unthinkable!

5 This imposing building was both a guest house and restaurant at the time this picture was taken, and was known as the Martel-

la, offering board, residence, luncheons and teas. It was pulled down in 1957 and the site at the time ofwriting is the Mar-

tello Fish and Chip shop. The small building advertising fish in the background was Henleys fish and chip shop and fish-

mongers then and is the Rosie Lee's café today. Same things don't change that much!

6 B.]. Francis groceries and provisions store and post office as it was in the 1920s. Previously the shop was Pope and Son Grocers

and Drapers and is now two establishments, a greengrocers and the Wellworths toy, fancy goods and classic trophies shop.

Same years aga renova tions to the shop revealed a long hidden cellar below in which human remains were found. These have

been linked to occasional reports of ghostly visitors in the shop!

7 Here we see the same store as Pope's with various people seemingly lined up for the photo-

graph. Very intriguing is the little house, obviously very old, situated next to Pope's. It was seemingly a

private house and is surrounded by a white pieker fence in front of which is a collection of children. This

building has long since vanished. The site is now occupied by a car park.

8 A High Street view shown on a postcard postmarked 1943. On the right we ean see the gracers, also a post office with

publie telephone. The little house in the gap has gone by now Beyond this ean be seen Hambraok and Uden butehers. On the opposite

side of the raad the newsagent and tobaeeonists advertises an old favourite, Gold Flake. The eentre of the raad in this view is oe-

eupied by the new traffie island.

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