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Page Updated:- Thursday, 27 July, 2023.


Earliest 1947-

(Name from)

Majestic Hotel

Latest 1964+

Sandgate Road


Majestic Hotel

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Jan Pedersen.


Dover Express 16th May 1947.


At Folkestone Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Bernard McKettrrick (20) of Castle Street, Dover. and Patrick J. Kelly of Londonderry, both merchant seamen, pleaded guilty to being drunk and incapable.

A Folkestone taxi driver said, at 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday, he picked up three passengers, including the defendants, at the "Jubilee Inn" on the Fish Market, took them to the "Prince Albert Hotel" and finished up at the "Majestic Hotel" just before midnight. McKettrick was then more or less helpless and the other defendant was drunk but could walk.

Inspector Grey said he put McKettrick on the floor of the taxi. While he was engaged in doing that, Kelly took off his coat and prepared to fight all and sundry. He became so extremely violent that he had to be handcuffed.

McKettrick said: We have only just come back from this country from Bombay and we celebrated last night.

McKettrick was fined 10s and Kelly 1.


Majestic Hotel advert 1950

Above shows an advert for the Majestic Hotel that appeared in a local paper in 1950.


From an email received 20 November 2012.

The "Majestic Hotel" in Folkestone, on the corner of Sandgate Road and Castle-Hill Avenue, was previously known as the "Westcliff Hotel." During World War 1 it was a Canadian military hospital, and my mother, who was born in 1898, worked there briefly, as described here:-

“By that time I had been put in charge of the telephone exchange at the Canadian Military Hospital in the "Westcliff Hotel," later named the "Majestic" and now demolished. The walking patients used to pass the time hanging round my office for a chat. One ex-boxer said he had a present for me and handed me a cod! My romantic expectations were damped but Mother was delighted.

I was still on the switchboard when the welcome news came through from the Officer in charge of Signals at Capel to say he had had a message from France to the R.N.A.S. (Royal Naval Air Service) at 10 a.m. that morning, the 11th of November, 1918, that the Armistice had been signed. I felt very proud to be the first to give the news to the Hospital and my family an hour before the public announcement. The War was over.”


Caroline Thomas, London.



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