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Heritage and Architecture: A Personal View

24 February @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Poster for the Heritage and Architecture talk by Richard Holme on Saturday 24 February 2024, with a photograph of the Marks and Spencer flagship store in Oxford Street, London

A talk by Richard Holme M Phil BA FCA CTA.



This talk has been created especially for the New Folkestone Society. Richard will give a personal view of heritage and architecture, including discussion of issues on:

  • Modern development – scale, harmony and other issues
  • Sustainability and heritage – the groundbreaking Marks and Spencer Oxford Street case where demolition of their Oxford St historic property was stopped for sustainability reasons, Kings Cambridge chapel and solar panels
  • Some buildings around Kent – case studies showing opportunities taken, opportunities sadly lost and current cases where historic buildings etc. are threatened by modern development
  • Regeneration of military sites
  • Poundbury, pastiche and King Charles’ views on architecture

Refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start.



Richard Holme is a visiting researcher at Newcastle University, former trustee of Canterbury Cathedral Trust, treasurer of the Friends of Falkland Islands Museum and newsletter editor for the Naval Dockyards Society, with whom he has been involved in numerous conservation campaigns within the past 10 years. He is a member of the Historic Defences Group of the Kent Archaeological Society. Other conservation bodies he is a member of include SAVE Britain’s Heritage, the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Georgian Group and the Victorian Society.



The Back Hall is located within the Cornerstone Centre, formerly the United Reformed Church, next to Folkestone Central station.  It is located on Castle Hill Avenue, near the junction with Cheriton Road.  From the main entrance to the church, walk towards Kingsnorth Gardens and take the path behind the church, just before Bus Stop C.

The hall is on the ground floor with no stairs and has a disabled toilet.  There is a slight step into the entrance and a couple of 90 degree turns to enter.  If you have any accessibility needs, please Contact Us so we can make arrangements for you, including on-site parking.



By Bus:

The venue is close to the Folkestone Central stops.

Stop A serves buses heading towards Folkestone town centre from Canterbury (16/17), Cheriton (71/71A), Creteway Down / Dover Road (76) and Hawkinge (73).

Stop B serves buses departing from Folkestone Bus Station towards Broadmead (74), Canterbury (16/17), Cheriton (71/71A), Creteway Down / Dover Road (76), Dover via Temple Ewell (91A) and Hawkinge (73).

For timetables, to book tickets and to check for any journey delays or cancellations, visit the Stagecoach website or download the app.


By Car:

There is a controlled parking zone around the Cornerstone Centre.  Parking can be found on Shorncliffe Road or the dual carriageway part of Castle Hill Avenue.  Alternatively, you can pre-book a space at Folkestone Central station via the APCOA website or app.


By Train:

Take the train to Folkestone Central station (one stop on from Folkestone West coming from London/Ashford).  When exiting the station, turn right, follow the road to the end, then walk under the bridge on your left.  The Cornerstone Centre is the church in front of you.

For timetables, to book tickets and to check for any journey delays or cancellations, visit the Southeastern website.



Tickets will be available on the door subject to availability – cash or card accepted.

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24 February
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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New Folkestone Society


The Cornerstone Centre
Castle Hill Avenue
Folkestone, Kent CT20 2QR United Kingdom
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