Folkestone fishing museum reopens at new site near the Stade

The Folkestone Fishing Museum is open once more in its new location behind The Stade at the old Ovenden Engineering works in Radnor Street.

For many years it has been at the Old Booking Hall on the Harbour.

The museum offers a fascinating glimpse of the history of fishing in Folkestone. Equipment on display includes a wide range of items, but perhaps the museum’s best material is its collection of vintage photographs of local fishermen, the harbour and surrounding area.

Some of Ovenden’s old metalworking equipment is still on display in the museum building.

Entry is free, but the museum would love you to leave a donation to assist with running costs!

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Johnny Nance designed and built St Ives Punt

St. Ives Punt

‘It needed to be stable, so you could stand on the gunwale without tipping over, and withstand the abuse of various feral grandchildren. They didn’t want a centerboard, as the boat would be sitting on the beach at St. Ives—plus they wanted fewer moving parts for kids to get their fingers jammed. And the boat had to be pretty… ‘

Amsterdam harbour, 1919

I particularly like the bit at the end where the cameraman takes us along waterways into the town. My thanks to Hans-Christian Rieck for passing this one along!