Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Glimpse in Time

Last week, I chaired a meeting to discuss the introduction of a conservation area in Cliftonville. There was of course, some talk of the history of the area and I'm reminded of posting some excerpts from Black's East Kent Guide of 1909 in an earlier 'Blog'.

It's a wonderful little book offering a time capsule peek into a bygone age. It writes:

"Merry Margate can boast some advantages not possessed by its rival neighbours. The varied character of the place is a striking feature; monotony here there cannot be and its indented coastline and the combination of old-fashioned streets with modern suburbs, admit of as striking contrasts as the many sorts and conditions of visitors who flood it in the season like a deluge.

The town is somewhat lacking in one thing, colour, though this year 1899 has bought about improvement in this respect. Its best feature on the other hand and one less easily acquired is the excellent bathing. The sands indeed are splendid and the visitor is not surprised to find that here, in 1790, the earliest bathing machine first put to sea."

The guidebook describes a very different world to that we are used to with quite different views of the town and the seafront, shadows of which still remain in the architecture and the landscaping that defined Margate as one of Britain's most popular seaside resorts, with a daily queue of packet steamers from London embarking and disembarking thousands of tourists from the harbour arm.

Don't forget you can find a gallery and slide show of old photos of Thanet that I have uploaded for readers here.

4 comments:

Michael Child said...

Thanks Simon I have just enjoyed your pictures with my lunch, very soothing. I pondered Margate being lacking in colour, wondered what on earth it meant and what had brought about the improvement mentioned. Does the guide say?

DrM. said...

Michael.. it doesn't actually say why but I suppose it harks back to the older buildings!?

Bluenote said...

Much as I applaud belated moves towards conservation so much has already been lost, not to mention some quite ghastly apparitions that have blighted our skyline. Still, I suppose it is a case of better late than never so I will wish you the best of luck with the project.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Simon I love the photos thank you for sharing them with us . Don