The ‘Friends’ are a volunteer group formed in January 2016 to protect, preserve and promote interest in this Victorian cemetery. All of the burials are recorded in Burial Registers which date from the first burial in 1856 to interments of ashes which still occur today. There are almost 15,000 graves in the cemetery and the deaths are recorded in 8 huge Registers kept under lock and key.
*c8,000 BC Land bridge to Continent breached at end of last ice age*c800 BC Quernstone production from local greensand sold over much of the known world for grinding corn by hand gets under way and continues for over 2,000 years*630AD St Eanswythe, daughter of King of Kent, builds the first nunnery in England in The Bayle overlooking the Continent, supplied by water running in a contour aqueduct from the hills behind the town. Folkestone briefly the capital of Kent and England.*1339 French Fleet attack Folkestone and Dover*1629 Folkestone obtained a license to build a port*1790s-1815 Supply point for Napoleonic wars. Smuggling endemic. Retiring officers make it an important residential area thereafter*1794 Shorncliffe Camp established*1820 Decimus Burton lays out The Leas for the Earl of Radnor*1843 Railway from London opens*1851 The population of Folkestone according to the census was 6,726*1878 The sinking of the Grosser Kurfurst taking 284 of her crew with her*1891 The full rigged ship Benvenue sank off Sandgate*1901-1910 King Edward VII and friends patronise the town*1914 -18 WW1 the Great War*1917 the great Folkestone air raid (Gotha bombing raid)*1918-19 Influenza Pandemic - killed more people than the Great War.*1939-45 WW2 Second World War*1979 Motorway opens.*1987 5,500-ton Sealink passenger ferry Hengist beached in the Great Storm*1993 Channel Tunnel opens.*2009 High Speed Train service opens - London in 50 minutes
Quote from Catherine Richards - freelance writer, English teacher and editor:“After being sadly neglected for many years, resulting in tombs and stones being vandalised or suffering environmental damage, cemeteries across Britain are now recognised to be valuable natural habitats as well as architecturally and historically important.”
The ‘Friends’ are a volunteer group formed to protect, preserve and promote interest in this lovely old Victorian cemetery.