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World War 2
'Cliffhanger - A Gunner's Story' by L W Clark.
This is a booklet entitled 'Cliffhanger - A Gunner's Story' by LW Clark and published in 1995. it gives an account of the work of the anti-aircraft gunners stationed at Swingate Camp, Dover.
'Memories of Hell Fire Corner' by Jean Melhuish and others. 1970
Wartime memories as written by Jean Melhuish, J Jewell and Winifred Cocks and produced in the 1970/1971 Parish News about living in the village in WW2
'St Margaret's at Cliffe and the Defences of the Realm 1627-1946' by AL McFie.
A copy of the Journal of Kent Local History No 9 September 1979 with an article by AL McFie entitled St Margaret's at Cliffe and the Defences of the Realm 1627 - 1946
'The Specials' Wartime memories of a Special Policeman in St Margaret's by Fred Wood
As a serving policeman during WW2, this is an account of the experiences of Fred Wood, which appeared in the December 1974 copy of the Police Review.
Adcock's Villas, St Margaret's Bay. c1930
A tinted photograph by Photocrom Co. Ltd. shows Adcock's Villas built in the 1880s, a terrace of tile hung cottages with a narrow lane to the front. The message on the postcard refers to the derelict ...
Adcock's Villas, St Margaret's Bay. pre and post WW2
Two photographs from the Gordon Denoon album with his accompanying comments. The first is a copy of an old (probably pre-1914) postcard depicting Adcock's Villas down to the Excelsior Tea Rooms. The second photograph taken in 1952 ...
Aerial photograph of Townsend Farm
An undated aerial photograph of Townsend Farm
Anglo American Artillery Monument Dedication service, Upper Road 15 August 1986
Two young sentries on guard duty at the Anglo/American Artillery Monument at the dedication on the 15 August 1986 on Upper Road
ARP Log Book extracts relating to The Cottage, Chapel Lane. 1944
Typewritten extracts detailing damage sustained by The Cottage resulting from the concussive effect of shellfiring from Winnie and Pooh batteries 19th September 1944
ARP log books Volumes 1-9 extracts concerning plane crashes in the area. 1940-1945
Typewritten extracts listing all aircraft forced landings, those shot down and crash sites in the St Margaret's area between 1940 and 1945. Also includes information on casualties, parachute sightings and actions taken. Compiled by Ruth Nicol
ARP Log extract and photographs re bomb damage to west door of the church. 14th August 1940
A report from the village ARP log and photographs of bomb damage outside the west door of the church, which occurred on the 14th August 1940. The Reverend Cartman and others are seen at work around ...
ARP Log extracts during Dunkirk evacuation; notes on the village returning to life after WW2
A copy of extracts from the ARP Log during the time of the Dunkirk evacuation in which local man, Jim Atkins' boat was involved, and later notes on life returning to St Margaret's after WW2.
ARP Official Log Book extract, regarding the capture of the German cross channel guns. 27th September 1944
Extract from the ARP Official Log Book Vol nine page 62 dated 27th September 1944. Two messages from Dover Central Control, the first reads '....hold on, the end of your trials will not long be delayed', ...
ARP Warden's Log extracts listing shell damage to the south wall of church. 25th November 1940,
The second occasion on which the church was damaged in WW2. An extract, with photograph, taken from the ARP Warden's Log of 25th November 1940, which lists that shell damage was sustained to the south wall ...
Bomb and shell sites in St Margaret's. 1939-40
This map covers two years at the beginning of the war. 1939 The ARP log for 1939 starts in August and records the build-up and training given to the 122 wardens listed. Most of these served only ...
Bomb and shell sites in St Margaret's. 1939-45
This map shows where all the bombs and shells fell in St Margaret's which were recorded with map references in the village ARP logs. 2162 shells are recorded and 329 bombs. Aircraft crashes are also shown Many more ...
Bomb and shell sites in St Margaret's. 1941
The 1941 map looks a little bare, however, there were still 118 shells and 43 bombs recorded landing in our area. Many of these were directed at channel convoys and therefore dropped out to sea ...
Bomb and shell sites in St Margaret's. 1943
This village continued to take considerable punishment from the German guns and the Luftwaffe in 1943. The ARP log records the bombing in the first few months which was followed by an increase in shelling ...
Bomb crater in Reach Road 1940
This bomb crater was just beyond Swan's slaughter house, in Reach Road and its size is obvious by comparison with the soldier standing in it. It occurred in the same year, 1940, as those the churchyard.
Brief description of war damage to village on the beach; the use of the Lighthouse during WW2
Short typed notes describing the ruinous state of houses in the Bay and the beach defences, and how the Lighthouse, restricted by the blackout, was only used for convoy work.
Church Service to commemorate VE Day, with wartime memories. 7th May 1995s
A copy of the United Benefice Matins Service to commemorate VE Day on the 7th May 1995 at the Parish Church of St Margaret of Antioch. There is a copy of the prayers for the day. There ...
Claim for diminution of value of income from Townsend Farm and other land during WWII. 1940
(a) - (c) Claim for E P Burton for diminution of annual value of income from Townsend Farm, Street Farm and other land due to requisition for defence works in October 1940. [East Kent Archives ...
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 ...
Concorde and Spitfire over the cliffs at St Margaret's Bay. c1990
Colour photograph and article headlined 'Holy Rollers! It's the Aerodynamic Duo' from 'You' magazine. Undated Article charts the history of Spitfire P730 and Concorde Alpha Alpha
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