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Hi Sean,That’s interesting. Would you be able to send us a copy of the reverse of the post card with the writing on? Many thanks St Margaret’s Archive
I have a postcard bearing the same drawing of the hotel kept by late father until his passing in 2020. His version was used by the “Manageress” in 1952 to confirm a reservation he had made by letter. The Postcard was produced by Photocrom Co. Ltd of Tunbridge Wells.
Dear Tina Apologies for the long delay in responding to you. We have only been able to find one Spencer Cottage which was the name of a house in The Avenue in a 1950 Street directory with James Robert MANNING in residence. Neither cottage or Mr Manning is mentioned in the 1953 directory, but that may have been an oversight. If you would like to enter 1950 in the search engine on our website , you will be able to see various images of the village around that time and get a flavour of life here. It was still getting over the war to an extent as so much damage was caused by shelling and we also still had troops here, now manning radar stations for the Cold War Apologies again for the very slow response to your query St Margarets History Society
Thank you so much for putting this up I remember it well Chalet heaven …food in large hall Holiday heaven “ campers “
EW Newman is my great Grandfather. My grandmother was Florence Irene Newman born 1900 of Ponders End. Many of the postcards listed here were sent to her brothers and parents
The twins were my brother and sister, Nicholas and Stella Sibly. This photo was taken June 14th 1953 at Green Windows after their Christening. Miss Sharpe was one of the Godparents. We lived in the Droveway not too far away from the Sharpes.
Many apologies. I have corrected it. Thank you for letting us know Christine Waterman
Leigh Prideaux is it possible that your great great grandmother Eleanor Rayner Powell is also my great great grandmother. My grandmothers name was Sarah Raynor Powell and as far as I know James was only married once. My grandmothers middle name was Raynor .I will post a picture of my grandmother this week on this site .If you want I can leave you my email .Ruth
And that’s me with the bandaged knee, aged 7!
Please note that Roger’s surname is RYELAND not as in your title.
Fantastic memories, thankyou!
Dear Valerie The Mitchell family are still at Reach Court Farm. They also run it as a wedding venue and holiday cottages. See the link here https://www.reachcourtfarmcottages.co.uk/ Thank you for your memories! Best wishes St Margaret’s History Society
Hi Paul The National Library of Scotland website has early OS maps of the village which you can look at for free. The 1840 tithe map is on the Genealogist site but you will need a subscription to view it.We cant show them as they are their copyright Hope you can find what you are looking for best wishes St Margaret’s History Society
Hi Ruth Thanks for getting back to me. We do have a copy of the photo and the obituary but thanks for thinking of us. The one on the beach is one of my favourites best wishes Christine
I use my maiden name on the wed.Ruth Skrypiuk nee Gentile
I have 2 pictures to send you regarding James Powell my great great grandfather .One is of him and 2 others sitting on a log down at the waterfront. I got this picture when I was in St. Margarets Bay years ago at the museum.The other is the obiturary of Horatio Powell James Powell son in which it talk a little about James Powell. James Powell was my grandmothers grandfather
I will post a picture of Horatio Powells obituary it has some info on his father James Powell who is my great great grandfather.My grandmothers name was Sarah Rayner Powell.Funny how the name Rayner has popped up again on this site
HARRY BUTCHERS came back from WW II as a major of the british army , having done the campaigns in north afrika and italy – he finally commanded a camp for polish soldiers in belgium – where he met emily, his future belgian wife – they had shops in Dover and then came to st margarets , living in salisbury road – harry had a taxi businesss ( during summer time he used to drive people on holiday at the ” camp” to the beach ) and emily did open a shop for ladies clothing near the church – their house in salisbury rd was named “Philippe” after their grand son ,who came to visit them from belgium on his holidays 3 times a year ! they loved st margarets bay !
I stayed in this farm house at the beginning of the war. I remember my aunt and uncle Gilbert clearly. I would so like to know if Derek Mitchell and his sister Carol still own the farm. I also remember the night that a German airman had parachuted down and got caught in the branches of a tree. It was the same night that Uncle Gilbert’s pedigree bull escaped and was charging round the farm yard
Great news available for the family historian, well done. If you had an old map from the mid 1800’s of the local area that would be great.
After all these years good to see that the gravestone of my granddad Frank T. Oliver is still there at the graveyard next to the church in St Margretsbay. I sutely will visit his stone asap. Pourly maintenance during the years but neverdeless good to see. Thanks very much. Michael Frank ( named after granddad) P. van Gijs (Holland)
I recently learnt that my grandmother’s address in 1956 was Spencer Cottage, St Margaret’s Bay, Kent. I cannot locate it on any maps as there is no street address. That is all the information I have and would dearly love a photo taken in St Margaret’s Bay in 1956, just to give me a feel of what it was like when she lived there. I am in Australia and haven’t visited that area. Best wishes Tina Clayton
Probably 1961 or 1962 Middle and right pictures Susan Little 2nd from left
hy i think my farther an d uors worked together on cowards house 1947ish his name tom knott and lived in bay road called sunhill
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