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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Littlestone – a nostalgic visit

This was taken on Easter Day and showed unseasonable weather for early April! 
However the snow soon melted here but other places in Kent had 8". 
As can be seen part of the terrace - The Dormy House Hotel - had suffered fire damage. 
The fire had occurred at the end of February 1983.
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 by the yellow-bricked terrace of flats 


Yesterday I made a nostalgic visit to the small seaside resort of Littlestone on the Kent coast. Back in the mid-1950s my brother and I along with two of our cousins spent a couple of successive summer holidays here staying at the Dormy House Hotel. 

I'm not sure whether we spent a fortnight here or just one week here – I suspect it was a week. Nor do I remember much of what we did. I think we had most of our meals at the Dormy House. In the 1950s there certainly wasn't the variety of eating-out options now available, although Littlestone still has no eating places on the seafront. You still have to go westwards to the adjoining resort of Greatstone for places to eat.  

My guess is that we spent much of our time on the stony beach, which in those days were divided up by wooden groynes, which have now all gone except for a few vestiges. The collapsed section of the Mulberry Harbour that broke its rope when being towed across to the Normandy beaches in 1944 was much more visible then. The remains are apparently now only visible at low tide.

We certainly went on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. 

 Beach huts at Littlestone
(above and below)

 Finely striped hut

After a walk on the Littlestone seashore we headed through Greatstone to Dungeness with its nuclear power station and two lighthouses. 

 Dungeness nuclear power station from Littlestone 

Dungeness Snack Shack

 The old Dungeness lighthouse with the power station behind 

Crest on the lighthouse 

 Dungeness Station and Café – repair or demolition?

 Metal caravan
Plenty of Shingle with huts by the seashore  




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