Dymchurch and Burmarsh in old picture postcards

Dymchurch and Burmarsh in old picture postcards

:   Paul Harris
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:   United Kingdom
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9 A 1930s photograph of Hambraak and Uden Family Butchers. Standing in the doorway is Percy Hambraok. In the next doorway is Grace Hambraok speaking to a friend. The shop closed in October 1992 and the premises are now a fishing tackle shop.

10 The circus comes to town! Here we see one of a troop of elephants being driven along Dymchurch High Street past Smiths stores. In days gone by when the circus moved on from place to place the elephants were herded on by foot. In the case of Dymchurch the circus would normally pass from here to either Hythe or New Romney. The elephants were then driven along the se awall, usually at 5 a.m. to the next venue. This appearance in the High Street was probably to publicize the presence of the circus.

1 1 Ibis view of Mill Raad appears on a card postmarked 1935. Ofparticular interest here are two buildings right at the end

of the raad. On the left is the old school house and beyond this the house with a window just under the roof, used by smug-

glers in days gone by as a lookout for the arrival of customs officers. On the right, opposite this house is Brewers Bras Carpentry

Workshops, and the next building towards us was the Cat and Kettle, now Dr. Syns restaurant.

1 2 The building shown here near the bridge contained a herring hang. A herring hang was a place where the fish were

washed and then laid out and mixed with salt. After rwenty-four hours the herrings were washed again, this time the scales came

off due to the action of the salt. When the fish were finally ready they were hung over the fire to be smoked ready for onward sale.

13 The substantial houses now known as Lilac Cottage, Malvern Villas and The Laurels in St. Mary's

Raad seen in earlier years. This hasn't changed that much today, though it is noticeable that the grass

verg es were not maintained then it seems. Also the raad is not fuIl of parked cars as today.

14 In this view of Dunkirk End we see the ivycovered house where smugglers used to hide in the chimney again using

the little window at the top of the house to look out for the approach of customs officers. The white building on the

right known as Stanley House in times past was occupied by an interesting resident, who had an unusual taste in pets. Appar-

ently he had a pet turtle which he swam attached to a string in the nearby dyke.

15 Flooding near Orgarswick Avenue during the early 1920s due apparently to a problem with the sluice gates, which became wedged open allowing the

sea to flood into the dyke overflowing it onto nearby land. Bearing in mind the low-Iying nature of Dymchurch it has been remarkably lucky not to have

been flooded more of ten, though in February 2001 some properties were flooded by an overflowing dyke following record winter rainfall. The long

white asbestos building is the Marshlands Hotel, which stood opposite Stanley House.

16 This picture shows Cyril Stevens, a stationmaster at Dymchurch in the 195 Os at the Easthridge crossing. He worked on

the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway for a number ofyears on the station in the summer, and on the track in the winter

months. He and his family lived for several years in the station house adjoining the Dymchurch railway station.

17 A 1940s view of the Deck Restaurant next to the coastguard cottages. A typtcal example of be-

tween - the- wars-architecture the restaurant was built for a Mr. Church in 1936. Today the building

houses an amusement arcade and a fish and chip shop.

18 Another early view of the Deck Restaurant referred to here as the Deck Café and narried on its front as just The Deck.

Note the seating on the roof Across the road from the café can be seen a bomb-site, which dates this view to after the Sec-

ond World War. The building to the left of the café was Sigrist and Collins garage, who also had their own coaches. In front,

next to the bomb-site, can be seen their breakdown vehicle.

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