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We lived in St Margarets bay from early 1951 to 1953 in a flat that was part of The old guard house. My father, Harry Gaffney was a General foreman for R Robinson & Sons seadefence contractors. While building a seawall and groynes he got to know Noel Coward, who appreciated the new wall passing his house. My father, Harry, even gave a lift to Mr Coward from Martin Hall station when his chauffer was unavailable. Noel asked my father to a party in his house where he met famous celebreties and also asked him to build a jetty near his house in Jamaica. Harry declined this offer however. I remember seeing Noel Coward once walking out onto a balcony wearing a white dressing gown and smoking a cigarette with a cigarette holder. I have many photos of the sea defence work at St Margarets from 1951 to 1953 (My fathers) and remember a delightful character named (Lt colonel) Dagwood Cotter – does anyone rember him? I went to School in Deal at that time. Lovely memories. Eamon Gaffney Plymouth
These are my maternal grandparents
Her maiden name was Lushington (sometimes mispelt Lusshinton). They had three sons called James (2 died). Their Son is also buried in this churchyard. Stephen MATTSON (family surname is spelt Matson, so spelling error on headstone). Stephen was married to Ann, had three boys on headstone Lushington Matson (named after Stephen’s mother’s maiden name), Stephen and John. John died before 1728.
Son of James Matson (died 1730) and Susanna Matson (died 1724). Susanna’s maiden name was Lushington, then Stephen named one of his children Lushington Matson. Note Spelling of Matson, MATTSON on monumental inscription. His parents are buried here.
Thanks Garry. I will always come to you if I need anything on the fire brigade in the village. best wishes Christine Waterman
HI Ian. I think you may have a point. I cannot get into the archive at the moment to compare our information so I have temporarily put that one into our private zone pending our return to normal working. We have other ship wreck photos and I might be able to track it down.Many thanks for your help Christine Waterman
I don’t believe the wreckage is that of the Pruessen. She lays below the low water mark. The wreck is that of a merchant ship that caught fire and was run aground below the search light battery adjacent to Dover harbour
Hi Regarding the letter and your point (b) Ruth’s letter was to me, I lived in Church View, Well Lane from 1999 -2009 the property was formerly called Woodlea , there was much confusion with road names at the time, and which lane was called which, Vicarage Lane, Well Lane, Parsonage Lane and Churchyard Lane. I was also one of the village firemen who attended Roses Tea Rooms, and have compiled a lot of the history of the Fire Station, as both myself and my late father Bob both served with the Fire Brigade. Please feel free to contact me if you require any more information. Many thanks Garry
This was donated by my late Great Grandmother. She was 109 when she died. I would love to see it again and show my children
I’m sure this was at the Pines. Miss Ursula Upjohn owned the house and gardens.
It is interesting to note that the sister church of St Augustine, East Langdon, now also incorporated into the St Margaret’s benefice, was restored “from its ruinous state” in 1892,.
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