Folkestone in old picture postcards

Folkestone in old picture postcards

:   Martin Easdown and Linda Sage
:   Kent
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-3731-7
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19.You can almost feel the cold yourselflooking at this view of a frozen sea-closeup front during the winter of 1889. Photographed from the newly-builtVictoria Pier, rows ofbathing machines can be seen on the beach (along with the hors es that pulled them - it was said the colder the sea, the more beneficial the bathing!) as can the original version of Fagg's Bathing Carriage. On the left is the clubhouse of Folkestone Rowing Club, erected in 1884 at a cost of ;(3 00, who hosted the annual regatta. The circular building on the beach by the clubhouse is a camera obscura, a popular attraction of the Victorian seaside. Inside was a rotating periscope head containing a mirror and lens, or curved prism, which projected an image onto a dish-shaped screen giving a panoramic view of the world outside. The final camera obscura was removed from the beach in 1936, while the clubhouse was dismantled following the rowing club's relocation to Sandgate in 1946.

20. Folkestone's development as a choice seaside resort was further enhanced in 1892 with the opening ofthe Marine Gardens. The bandstand, shown on this postcard from 1904, was added in 1893 and was the town's first, though it was also the earliest to be demolished, in 1927. Pierrots and concert parties performed in the gardens, as did the Folkestone Amusements Association bands under Messrs. Prickett and Stratford and the Folkestone Town Band, while just out of sight on the left was a rather ornate toilet block and shelter with a flat roof used as a viewing platform. In 1926 part of the gardens made way for the new Marine Gardens Pavilion and the remainder later disappeared under an extension to the Rotunda Amusement Park. In the background can be seen Marine Crescent, now due to be refurbished following years of neglect.


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21. Following the success of the Leas Lifts, the Sandgate Hill Lift Company was formed to provide a lift from the extreme western end ofthe Leas down to Sandgate Hill, where a horse tram could th en be caught to Hythe. Like the Leas Lifts, the design ofthe buildings was placed in the hands of prolifîc local architect Reginald Pope (assisted by C.E. Robinson), with Waygood once again supplying the lift equipment. The 5' 6' gauge track ran for 670 feet and crossed Radnor Cliff Crescent by way of a bridge, but due to the changes of gradient from 1 in 4.75 to 1 in 7.04 the cars had to be independently operated with a brakeman on board. The lift was officially opened on 20th February 1893 and this postcard by the Victoria Series shows it about 1904. However, following a satisfactory beginning, the lift became unprofitable and was closed in July 1918, the Lift Company being finally wound up in 1924. The lower station seen here still survives, though in a much-altered state, as Crofi House. Behind the lift can be seen Spade House, built for novelist H.G. Wells in 1901 and now a nursing home.

22. The Earl of Radnor, who himself had a residence (the Manor House) erected on the Leas in 1896, provided a suitably gen teel attraction on the cliff-top promenade in 1894 with the opening of the Leas Shelter. Designed by Bromley & Cowell and set into the cliff face by local builders Hayward & Pararnour, the shelter consisted of a central hall 62 x 31 feet, where a light orchestra or band performed daily, and the canopied balcony seen here where splendid views of the English Channel could be obtained. The building was leased to the Folkestone Amusements Association, formed in 1893, and three of their attendants can be seen, along with some early deckchairs first introduced on to the Leas in 1881. Also worthy of note are the splendid wrought iron brackets supporting the canopy and the hanging tlower baskets. The shelter was closed in 1925 and dismantled to make way for the new Leas Cliff Hall.

23. Ta cater for the ever-increasing numbers of affIuent visitors to Falkestone, the western end of the Leas was provided with two of the large imposing hotels that were becoming very popular in the stylish resorts by the 1890s. The first to be built, and seen here on a postcard by H.B's F & L in 1910, was the Metropole Hotel on a former polo field. The Falkestone Metropole Hotel Co. Ltd promoted the hotel and Messrs. ]ennings & Co started work in 1895 to the designs of ]ames D' Oyley of London. The attractive red brick and terracotta building was opened on 1 st ]uly 1897 by Gordon Hotels at a cast of ;(160,000 and contained 250 bedrooms, ballroom, dining room, library, drawing and billiard rooms and a grand hall foyer. The bandstand was originally sited in the rear grounds of the Metropole, but was moved onto the Leas in 1902 following complaints from the hote.l's guests over the noise; it became little used by the 1930s and was demolished in 1948. The hotel itself suffered in camparisan with its competitors because it only opened for the summer season and in 1928 was offered to FolkestoneTown Couneil, who politely said no. Eventually the Metropole was closed in April 1959 and now consists of fiats, and arts and fitness centres.

24. The Grand Hotel joined the Metropole at the western end of the Leas in 1903 and is pictured on this postcard of circa 1905 complete with tariff. Local builder Daniel Baker conceived the hotel as a highclass establishment: work began on 28th March 1899 and it was officially opened as the Grand Mansions on 12th September 1903. The Grand also boasted a good-Iooking red brick and terracotta exterior, dad around a steel and reinforced concrete frame, along with a glass conservatory at the front of the building. Amongst the many facilities the hotel could offer were musie rooms, lounges, billiard rooms, garage and hairdressing salon. King Edward VII was a regular visitor due to the fact he personally knew both Mr. Gelardi, the manager from 1903 till 1943, and Head Chef Mr. Dutru, formerly of the Savoy Hotel, London. However, until a licence was gained in 1920 all alcoholic drinks had to be sent out for. Having been acquired by Kensington Hotels in 1947 and then by Associated Hotels in 1961 the Grand maintained its popularity until the late 1960s, but as the hotel trade crashed in Folkestone the building was stripped and threatened with demolition in 1973 -19 74. Fortunately this was never carried out and in 1975 the Grand was acquired by Michael Stainer, who has carried out an ongoing sympathetic restoration scheme using items that once belonged to the hotel or are period pieces. Part of the building was reopened as a hotel, though it also houses 67 self-contained flats as well as a very popular monthly antiques fair, for which the plush interior of this fine building is just the right setting. Indeed, the Edwardian ambience of the Grand has led it to be much in demand as a filming location.

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2S. The glass conservatory at the front of the Grand Hotel is seen here to good effect on a postcard from the same series as the previous illustration. The conservatory was a typical elegant Edwardian palm court with its wicker furniture and large potted ferns. It was known by one and all as the 'Monkey House' on account of the large numbers of spectators who peered inside to see if they could spot any of the hotel's numerous eminent and moneyed guests. Their arrival in the town had been heralded in the Weekly Visitors List (dass also came into effect in the local directories, which divided the residents into 'Court' and 'General'). The most desirable 'spot' of all was Edward VII, who in 1909 opened the hotel's new sprung floor ballroom and then had the first dance on it with the Queen, followed by a second with his companion Mrs. Alice Keppel. The King and Queen also presented medals to staff to commemorate the event. The King's association with the Grand is maintained by the location of a restaurant called Keppels in the fully restored Monkey House.

26. The next addition to the list of Folkestone's attractions was the Leas Pavilion, opened on 1 st ]uly 1902 opposite the Leas Lifts and seen here shortly afterwards on a postcard by E. Bumpus Pain, whose shop can be seen in the picture. Architect Reginald Pope had got around the 'Ancient Lights' dause the adjoining properties enjoyed (which meant no building could be erected that blocked their light) by placing the structure below ground level. Finished in attractive buff terracotta with art nouveau windows, the Leas Pavilion was originally a high -dass tea room' securing the best class of visitors only' to enjoy the ladies light orchestra. However, in 1906 a small stage was added and concert parties such as the 'Gypsies' were engaged. In 1928 a full size stage and rows of seating were introduced and the Leas Pavilion was converted into a theatre. The following year saw Arthur Brough (ofAre You Being Served' fame) acquire the lease and he was to present over a thousand productions at the theatre for the next forty years. Sadly falling attendances throughout the 1970s and 1980s meant the theatre could not survive and it was dosed in 1985 following a production of'An Unexpected Guest' by Agatha Christie. Fortunately the building was preserved and converted into the Leas Club with bar, bowling alley and pool and snooker tables.

27. The western end of the Leas acquired its own lift on 31 st March 1904 with the opening of the Metropole, or West Leas, Lift by the Metropole Lift Company. The 5' 6' track ran 96 feet down the cliff face from opposite the Metropole and Grand Hotels to the Lower Sandgate Road where the attractive red brick entrance building, designed by Reginald Pope, can be seen on this Edwardian postcard view by English Series. As was the case with the Leas and Sandgate Hill Lifts, resident engineer [ohn Collins oversaw the operation of the Metropole Lift. During the Second World War the lift was dosed and fell into disrepair, and was subsequently never reopened. The operating company went into liquidation in June 1951 and the lift was dismantled, leaving little trace of its existence. Many of Folkestone's wealthier visitors of course never ventured beyond the comparatively safe and exdusive upper dass haven of the Leas. As one contemporary account says: Folkestone holds itself aloof from the sen, caters for a dass that does not sit on the beach, a dass that it confers on personages both estimable and ennuyant.

28. However, for those who did partake of a ri de on the Metropole Lift down to the Lower Sandgate Road, the pleasures ofwooded walks fanned by fresh sea breezes awaited them. The Lower Sandgate Road had been opened as a toll road by the Earl of Radnor in 1828 and was developed as an under-cliff garden from 1876. This photograph of about 1890 shows the tollhouse, which, though no long er functioning as such, still displayed until recently a board showing the various levels of charges. The pine walks of the cliff were said to be especially beneficial to the health of invalids; a big selling point prior to the First World War when many people came to the coast for the benefit of their health. In the last few years the section of the road beyond the tollhouse looking towards the pier has been radically altered with the opening of the Lower Leas Coastal Park.

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