Feelin’ Groovy, Folkestone’s Great War in a 100 cobblestones.

Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.
                         “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”
One advantage of living through the sixties was we got to see all the best pop musicians. Folkestone has plenty of cobblestone’s so all is groovy.
This blog has its origins inside my big mouth. I asked someone if they would like a blog on Folkestone’s Great War in 100 Buildings, or in 100 Cobblestones. They picked Cobblestones.

Cobblestones are stones that were frequently used in the pavement of early streets. “Cobble”, the diminutive of the archaic English word “cob”, meaning “rounded lump”, originally referred any small stone rounded by the flow of water; essentially, a large pebble It was these smooth “cobbles”, gathered from stream beds, that paved the first “cobblestone” streets. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobblestone )

This is also 3 minute WWI history, so really it is Folkestone;s Great War in a single grouping of 100 cobblestones.  First a few of the not quite as far out as the winning 100 were.

These “Cobble stones ” are on the Leas.IMG_6522 They are even numbered. Collectively they are known as “Folke Stones” and there is the same number of  stones as there were killed on the 1st July 1916-give or take a few that is. The Church Organist at St Mary and St Eanswythe in Folkestone in 1914 was one of those killed. IMG_6518

The 1st July 1916 is not the Great War, and fortunately not many men from Folkestone were killed on that day.

(photo of St Mary and St Eanswythe.)

Heading down towards the harbour the next group of “Cobblestones”  is the cairn at the top of the Road of Remembrance. the cairn IMG_6520 is made from the actual stones soldiers would have marched on.  From the end of March 1915 until the end of the war tens of thousands of men marched on these stones. IMG_6521 Perhaps it was here they got their first view of France, heard the sounds of the heavy guns for the first time. Men such as Tull marched down here. tempting to make this the groovyist of them all, and to close with some music from Jethro,

Close but no Woodbine.

There had to be somewhere near the harbour. Then it struck me, why not the harbour? There are no cobblestones on the Mole, or the platform at the Railway Station. But, there are some here,


This is where the Belgium refugees landed in 1914. Again this was not all of Folkestone’s Great War. There had to be somewhere else…

 … and it is here.

The quay were the Belgium Refugees can be seen from these stones.IMG_6515

The trains carry the VADs in 1914 would have rattled brains as they traveled over head. The Body of Bobs would have passed over here,  Billy Bishop flew over head. Gotha Bombers  Mata, Hari,  Sassoon, Flora Sandes, Chinese  labourers, soldiers on leave. soldiers who had marched down the Road of Remembrance, Canadians and others who had marched along the Lower Sandgate Road waiting to enter the harbour station could be seen from here. All of Folkestone’s Great War could be seen or heard from these cobblestones. Here underneath the arches.IMG_6514Appearance Underneath the Remembrance Line, just before the Swingbridge. Now what could be more groovy than cobblestones, harbours, swingbridges,  Apart from the Lamppost in the photo of St Mary and St Eanswythe that is.

Hello lamppost,
What cha knowing?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growing.
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo,
Feelin’ groovy.


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