our shop...at no.47 the old high street folkestone kent

This is Rennies Seaside Modern in 2016


This was our first shopfront (from 2005) - paint colour 'arsenic', now a shade of 'pigeon'.

Our iron sign bracket was made by Ovendens, local blacksmiths at the harbour and the double

vitreous enamel sign was designed by Lynn Trickett and delivered from Burnham Signs

in the back of an estate car by the owner of the firm!

Our handpainted fascia was painted by local artist and designer, Scarlett Ricard, up a ladder.

She used traditional methods and paints, as used by Carter's Steam Fair.


previous history...

this is what made us want to be here, a hidden 'ghostsign' on what was formerly an outside wall.

this refers to a previous establishment called English's Fancy Bazaar, which was further up the street.

As with archaeological finds, unable to consolidate the wall, we have covered this in plain plaster,

which means it is preserved.

pre-c.1891 this was an external wall, then incorporated into our house.

Other incarnations, are 1930's Stricklands the Baker, who was here until the 1940s.

(There is still a Stricklands up the Dover Road in Folkestone )

We discovered a couple of old

paper bags

as well as various scribblings on the wall relating to orders ( a reminder

of our discovery of the scribblings in the basement of French's Dairy 13 Rugby Street London WC1).

Around 1902 it was a Ham, Beef & Oyster business belonging to butcher Albert Kemp

The most colourful incumbant of no.47, c.1910 - 1920s was George Karmy who ran the Armenian Bazaar,

selling beads and 'fancy goods'. From the 1920's to the 1930's Mr Fettwell is recorded as running a stationers at no.47.

This elegantly scripted fascia remains underneath our own. Brian Graves ran a photographic studio in the 1980s

Just prior to our residency, there must have been a clandestine kinky clothing

workshop in the basement, as we soon received a letter addressed to:

'Karen Rennie, Clothed in Leather...'

The Old High Street, was termed a 'casbah' by Sir Hugh Casson, who was local

to the area in the 1960s.

Inside, we found the perfect spot for a neon anchor, made in East London to

K's spec. We always wanted a neon sign.


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