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Nameless chinoiserie shop

Nameless chinoiserie shop, 29 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, Kent, 2008 • This has a look of Edwardian chinoiserie about it, so I prefer to think it’s an ex-gown shop rather than a derelict Chinese restaurant. It’s in an area that was once upmarket and full of entertainment venues (see the good local history page here), but I can’t find any info about the shop. The most recent Google Street View shows it in 2009, when it was still the same. See below for an interesting comment on the shop’s history; it seems that for many decades it was a toyshop called Steddys (from before the 1950s, up until around the 1980s). And the facade is now gone and modernised.

Nameless chinoiserie shop

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  1. Hi Vici, I’ve found your page because I was searching for this shop specifically: it was once a toyshop run by my grandparents, called Steddys. My grandparents bought the business from John Steddy when he retired around 1955, and ran it until they retired around the late 70’s/80. It stayed a toyshop, at least for a while. Sadly the building has since been modernised and the lovely facade is gone forever.

    • Hi Sally, I’m so glad you found the photo. It’s really interesting to learn the history, what a pity it’s now been modernised. I’ve updated the entry to include your info.

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