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Coastal defences at St Margaret's Bay, c.1945
From the Gordon Denoon album; photograph and caption The curved pipes carrying oil were part of the 'Flame Barrage' - a discharge of a petroleum/gas mixture into the sea which would have been ignited among invasion ...
Coastguard Station, Leathercote Point 1974
From the Gordon Denoon album two photographs of the Coastguard Station at Leathercote Point and a newspaper cutting from the Daily Mail dated 12 February 1974 outlining plans for a new station based at Dover. The ...
Concerns about the future of St Margaret's Bay in the immediate post WW2 years
A series of press articles in the immediate post WW2 years collected by Gordon Denoon voicing concerns about the future of St Margaret's Bay in particular the damage caused by sea erosion and the destruction ...
Denoon beach picnic at the western end of St Margaret's Bay. c1935
From the Gordon Denoon album. The caption to the first photograph reads:- 'A beach picnic at the end of the Bay. Mr and Mrs Clarke, Dorothy and Rupert on the left. Our family consists of Muriel with ...
Denoon family and friends playing in the sea, St Margaret's Bay. 1947
From the Gordon Denoon album, three photographs with accompanying caption. In the third photograph what appears to be a ferry can be seen on the horizon.
Denoon summer holiday on St Margaret's Bay beach. 1926 (Part 2)
Taken from the Gordon Denoon album. A series of photographs taken in 1926 of Gordon's family and friends on St Margaret's Bay beach. Alec Reid is a family friend, Tommie is Gordon's wife and Joan, who is ...
Denoon summer holiday on St Margaret's Bay beach.1926 (Part 1)
From the Gordon Denoon album. A series of photographs taken on St Margaret's Bay beach of Gordon Denoon, his wife Tommie and daughter Joan. Taken in 1926 Gordon described this holiday as 'truly wonderful'. In his book 'Saga ...
Dover Patrol Memorial
From the Gordon Denoon album. All three images are undated. The second image shows the Memorial bracketed by the Coastguard Station and radar dish. The Memorial is located at Leathercote Point at the eastern end of ...
Fancy-dress competition winner, Cliffe Hotel 1924
Taken from the Gordon Denoon album this is a photograph of Muriel (Gordon Denoon's sister) with accompanying caption. Taken in the doorway of the Cliffe Hotel which is now Cliffe House. The fancy-dress competition took place ...
Gordon Denoon with daughter, Joan. c.1926
Thought to have been taken in St Margaret's, perhaps making their way to the Cliffe Hotel, this photograph is of Gordon Denoon with his daughter, Joan. Undated but thought to be mid-1920s (Joan was born ...
Gordon Denoon with his wife, Tommie, in 1947
Photograph from the Gordon Denoon album. The caption with the photograph states: 'Tommie and me by the haystack in the cornfield in 1947'
Gordon Denoon's Parents at the Chapel Lane tennis court. C1918
This photograph was taken in the arbour near the middle tennis court at the Cliffe Hotel about 1918.
Heather Denoon and Rip in 1948
From the Gordon Denoon album, a photograph of one of Gordon's daughters, Heather, with the family dog.
Joan Denoon's first holiday at St Margaret's. 1924
Taken from the Gordon Denoon album. This photograph is of Joan, Gordon Denoon's daughter, at about 2 yrs old. The caption with this photograph reads: 'Joan's first holiday at St Margaret's in 1924. Here she is with Barbara ...
Leathercote Point and the postwar Radar Station
Photograph of Leathercote Point ( from the Gordon Denoon album). The coastguard hut can be seen in the background next to the radar installation and the Dover Patrol Memorial. The two figures in the foreground are ...
Letter from Gordon Denoon to Fred Cleary re Lord Ponsonby, Lady Margaret Cecil and 'The Hermitage'
A letter from D G Denoon to Fred Cleary giving his knowledge of two residents of 'The Hermitage' (subsequently 'South Sands House') with information about Lord Ponsonby and Lady Margaret Cecil.
Ness Point at low tide. c1946/7
From the Gordon Denoon album. 'Ian' was Gordon's son
Obituary for Charles Groves. February 1959
From the Gordon Denoon album a photograph of Charles Groves, proprietor of The Cliffe Hotel, and obituaries and tributes from local newspapers, including The Dover Express and East Kent News, dated 13 and 20 February ...
On St Margaret's beach with war damaged houses in the background. 1945
From the Gordon Denoon album. The ruined buildings referred to in the caption are, on the left, Adcock's Villas and, to the right, Beachin and Egglinton Cottages.
On St Margaret's beach with war damaged houses in the background. 1947
From the Gordon Denoon album. The bathers sitting below the concrete ramp which formed part of the Bay war defences are identified as Tommie (Gordon's wife), Ian (Gordon's son), Mrs Engholm, Valerie and David Ebbels, Nancy ...
On St Margaret's beach with war damaged houses in the background. 1948
From the Gordon Denoon album. A series of photographs of sea bathers on the beach at St Margaret's Bay with the ruins of the village in the Bay as a backdrop. In the background of the first ...
Remains of Beach defences in St Margaret's Bay. c1948
From the Gordon Denoon album. Two photographs with accompanying caption showing the beach just after the war and some of the defensive structures left behind.
Tea party at the Granville Hotel. c1916/17
From the Gordon Denoon album. The caption in the album to this photograph read:- Tea party at the Granville Hotel (1916 or 1917) - Dorothy Bladen, Ralph Wackett, Muriel and my mother; I am on the extreme ...
The Lookout WW2 building converted in to a house at Ness Point
From the Gordon Denoon album a postcard depicting the Lookout at Ness Point, a WW2 installation subsequently converted into a dwelling.
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