Margate, Kent - part 2
More photos of a grand old English seaside resort
(Photos ©urban75, 29th November 2009)
The old Thanet Times newspaper offices in Union Row which originally hosted the Gazette from 1899.
The paper was founded in 1896 and ran until 1918 before being acquired and closed by its rival paper, the Isle of Thanet Gazette. The Times was reintroduced in 1958 and moved offices in January 2009.
The Wellington Hotel, now closed, in Margate's Old Town.
Old Town view.
Margate Old Town, a world away form the kiss-me-quick ambience of the seafront.
We grabbed a coffee and some delicious cheese toasties at the Cupcake cafe in Market Square.
Described as 'Kent's most eccentric cafe' the Mad Hatter sports a Victorian Parlour interior, Diana memorabilia and all-year Christmas decorations.
Although the Old Town is enjoying substantial regeneration, there's still several fine old buildings in a state of dereliction.
New Cross Street.
Closed shop on the seafront.
The Shell Ladies are 13 seven-foot-high shell ladies dotted throughout the town. We failed to spot any of them, so we suspect that they'd been packed off for the winter, or had departed for pastures new.
Built in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, Margate's fine clocktower has 5 bells which were replaced in 1908 by Gillett & Johnston (from Croydon).
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