course of the nineteenth century Folkestone was transformed from a
little fishing village into a popular seaside resort, complete with
large hotels to accommodate its many wealthy visitors, a theatre,
bathing establishment and pleasure pier. ‘Fashionable Folkestone’,
as it became known, thrived during the golden years of the second
half of the nineteenth century but its popularity with the rich and
famous came to an end with the advent of the First World War, when
it experienced a huge influx of refugees and its harbour became a
prime military embarkation point.
In this fascinating collection of images featuring the town’s many
grand hotels, Victoria Pier, the Leas, seafront attractions and
entertainments, switchback railway and horse tramway from Sandgate
to Hythe, local author and historian Martin Easdown illustrates the
glory days of this famous old seaside town.