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Folkestone Harbour Arm, Folkestone

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Folkestone Harbour is the main harbour of the town of Folkestone in Kent, England.
In 1541, King Henry was about to wage a war against the French. A plan was made to use Folkestone as a port of embarkation to supplies and troops. He sent a Master Tuk and Master Captain of Sandgate to look for a site for the new harbour. Plans were made but never implemented. On 2 May 1542, the King came to Folkestone but then headed to Dover on 6 May. The Folkestone Harbour plan was abandoned.
In 1703, a heavy storm swept away one of the fishing boats on the shingle beach and damaged many other boats. Also several houses had their foundations undermined as the beach was carried away. An engineer from Romney Marsh advised the local fisherman that the construction of 3 timber/stone jetties would protect the cliff (below the parish church). The work cost the fishermen £600. But in a storm in 1724, the three jetties were demolished and damage costing up to £1,100 was done.
In 1790, Edward Hasted noted, 8-10 'luggerboats' (used for herring and mackerel fishing), plus 30 smaller fishing boats (catching plaice, sole, whiting, skate, and others) employed up to 200-300 men and boys. This fish was then taken up to the London markets.
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  • To see a place being rejuvenated worth a visit walked alone the boardwalk then to the lighthouse and along the railway track with all the info plaques. Perfect.  more »
  • We sat outside the lighthouse bar at the end of the arm listening to some really cool music, and watching the sun go down. A little on the expensive side, but I guess there would be a premium given th...  more »
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  • This area has been transformed to a great beer and food area, with pop up style outlets and art installations nearby. If your lucky enough to have some sun, it is a great place to catch some rays while drinking good beer and eating good food.
  • This was being renovated, but looked very nicely done so far. Scary place to take children as only a little chain fence to stop children falling off the edge of the harbour wall!
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