A Walk into the Country -Early 1900

Contributed by localrags on Nov 04, 2002 - 10:29 AM

Let us start our journey from Folkestone at The Imperial in Black Bull Road.

First, Styles the Ironmongers, then Taylors the Chemist, Carden's the Butcher, and on up passed the School to the Black Bull. Call in where you can get half a pint of beer for a penny.

Then on up Wingate Hill, passed Wingate Villa and Walton Farm, later known as Walton Manor, up to the Chalk Pit and Grannie May's House, where you could get a bottle of "pop" for a penny.

On again to the Cross Roads, Crete Road East and West, where on the Hawkinge side stood the Old Tollgate House occupied by a Mr. Marsh.

The gate was not being used then. Down the hill now known as Palmer's Hill, where lived a Mr.Darrington famous his number of white-ducks.

Over the crossroads at Alkham Valley and Cheriton Bottom, on to Coombe Cottages, being the cottages of the Farm Workers.

Along the road to the White Horse Hill, which at this time was very steep.

On up the hill to "God's Providence" three cottages. Push on to the next place, a farm in the occupation of a Mr. Nutley, with a dairy, his son Charles living next door.

Then the Butcher's shop, the owner Mr. Welch, whose son still carries on the business.

Next the Old Forge, no longer being used. Then to the White Horse Inn Occupied by a Mr.William Bridges. Here a pint of beer tuppence, a large biscuit and cheese. The biscuit as large as a tea plate and a good piece of old Dutch cheese for a penny.

These biscuits were made by a Mr. Hart who had his Bakery by the shop in The Street.

Still on the road passed the New Forge and houses in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Harris, then on to Prospect House occupied by Mr. Hobden, a Sussex poulterer.

Then on to Uphill House, the home of the Castle family.

On the opposite side of the road a small building known as the Reading Room, the Club Room of the Cricket Club.

Then Shrubbery Cottages, a row of cottages for the workmen on the Farm, as well as a private house known as "The Myrtles".

Over the road to St. Luke's Church, which was later burnt down and replaced with a new Church.

Down the road to the entrance to the Old Rectory, built and occupied by the Rev'd William Legg, the previous Rectory being at Church House, Hawkinge.

Then to the Corner House, where lived a Mr. Tucker, Wheelwright and Carpenter. Here is Mill Lane, where lived a Mr. Laws, who was noted for a large number of flowers, including some splendid cacti.

Now eight houses built by a sister of the Revd. Legg. Then the School and School House.

Next we come to the Post Office, with Mrs Beddingfield the Postmistress; Mr. Beddingfield being the verger at the Church as well as School Attendance Officer.

Down the road to Radnor House occupied by a Mrs Gilbert who ran this house as a Guest House.

Then to The Street corner, where stands the Corner House, the home of Mr. T. Hogben, a Veterinary Surgeon.

On the other corner stands "Ivy Dene", known earlier as "Forstal Lodge" . Here the Revd. Palmer lived for a time, and did, I think, at one time preach at the Chapel in the Street.

Let's walk up The Street now, where we find the Chapel and Shop, and then Hope Lodge. At one time it was a Post Office, but I cannot remember this as a Post Office.

On to the Maypole which before the time of which I am writing, was the Maypole Inn. Opposite was the Village Green, where I remember a Fair being held.

On the corner where Mill Lane meets The Street was a farm belonging to a Mr. Hills May, a farmer and coal merchant.

On the opposite side of the road were two cottages in the occupation of Mr. Kember and ex-Constable Ross.

On then to Millfield Farm, up on the left to Fernfield Farm and Hawkinge Brickyard, which is over the border in the Parish of Alkham.

Away from Millfield Farm around the lane to Stombers Lane, known at this time as Stormberg.

Then on along the lane to Cowgate Farm, the home of a Mr. Prebble.

Now we come back to the main road, and on to Mudsole Farm, the home of the Taylor family.

Up the hill to Reindene Lodge, Rose Cottage and St Deny's, later the home of Francis Cross.

Around this time Thrift Cottage was built, the home of a Mr. R. Ellen.

On then to Southend Cottage, passed the "Black Horse " and "Black Horse Farm" ,

Lodge House, Red House, and on to Thorndene House, the present home of Dr. Osborne, and at one time the home of a Mr.Iverson, a well-known grocer, who had a business at the bottom of Dover Street, Folkestone.

Between Mudsole and Reindene Lodge is the boundary of Hawkinge and Swingfield.

Back now to the Street, where stands a Mr. Haydon's cowsheds," and on top the surgery of Mr Hogben, the Vet.

Then three cottages known as Ivy Cottages. Next is the Chapel and then the General Shop.

Stombers Farm, where I was born, is in the Parish of Alkham, and we couldn't get to School until we moved to Hope Lodge in the Parish of Hawkinge.

The Headmaster later on was a Mr. Cripps, with Mrs Cripps and Mrs Perrigoe teachers. Earlier than this was a Mrs Smithers who was Head at the School.

Well, I do sincerely hope that this is not overdone, and that some one somewhere will find it is of some interest, and that it shows how much the place has altered over these few years.

I have done my best to give a picture of the Village.

H G. BRISLEY Aged 83