I enjoyed a splendid trip to the seaside town of Margate in Kent recently, and spent the day wandering around the beachfront and old town before heading off to the town’s football stadium to see the mighty Dulwich Hamlet triumph 4-2.
Here’s some photos from my ambles.
The Lifeboat Memorial Statue was erected in memory of 9 lifeboat men men who lost their lives while attempting to assist a vessel in distress on the 2nd Dec. 1897.
Looking out to sea on a perfect January afternoon. You can see the outline of the tidal swimming pool to the right.
Entrance to Nayland Rock Hotel.
I initially thought that’s this was part of the London Array, world’s largest offshore wind farm with 175 wind turbines [More info] – but a reader corrected me (see comment below) to say that it was in fact the smaller Thanet Offshore, which numbers 100 turbines [See: Thanet Offshore Wind Farm].
Beach huts, locked for the winter.
Walking along a groyne.
Half timbered beach huts!
Looking out to sea.
An array of poles.
Sunset Rock shop in al its gaudy glory.
Scene on Marine Drive.
Stained glass lettering for the Ruby Lounge at Duke Street, Margate.
Town Hall in the Old Town.
Old Town view.
All was quiet at the candy floss store.
Pop corn to clear.
Harbour view at sunset.
Beach front buildings reflecting the golden rays of the late sun.
The old Arlington Square shopping centre.
A huge Tesco superstore has been given planning permission to be built on this site, despite considerable local opposition.
The disused Dreamland building next to the opinion-dividing Arlington House. The patterned sides are meant to reference the tides on the beach.
Built in 1964, the distinctive 18 storey building houses 142 apartment buildings. Read more about the building here: arlingtonmargate.com.
The sad sight of the abandoned Dreamland amusement park, which has deteriorated even further since I posted up a photo feature in November 2009
Escape night club, situated next to Dreamland.
A view of the New Kings Stairs.
Looking across the bay with Arlington House in the distance.
Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.
Some views of a winter sunset across Margate harbour.
Shell Lady sculpture on the Margate Harbour Arm.
Discarded pint glass.
A house with an awful lot of windows.
Margate Lido sign.
Another view of the Turner Gallery.
Gray morning, Margate.
Alone on the beach, 9,30am.
Looking back at the town from the tidal swimming pool .
Empty pool and deserted beach.
One of the Margate’s oldest building, The Tudor House dates back to the first half of the sixteenth century.
A view of the well preserved station at Margate, which still has its water tower in situ. Such things please me.