A grand old English seaside resort
(Photos ©urban75, 29th November 2009)
First recorded as 'Meregate' in 1264 and adopting its current name in 1299, Margate's history is closely tied to the sea, and the south eastern town has been a popular seaside destination for over 250 years
In 1805, bathing machines could be seen on the beach, described in a contemporary journal as:
"four-wheeled carriages, covered with canvas, and having at one end of them an umbrella of the same materials which is let down to the surface of the water, so that the bather descending from the machine by a few steps is concealed from the public view, whereby the most refined female is enabled to enjoy the advantages of the sea with the strictest delicacy."
The 1844 railway helped make Margate a popular working class resort for Londoners drawn to its sandy beaches, with attractions, bars and a bustling fairground entertaining visitors. Sadly, Margate's Victorian pier was destroyed by a violent storm in 1978.
The town also witnessed the infamous gang violence between mods and rockers in the 1960s, and mods and skinheads in the 1980s.
Like most British seaside resorts, Margate has had a tough time over the past few decades, although major redevelopment and regeneration is taking part in some parts of the town.
On the coast path leading into Margate from Broadstairs.
A number of large ships were anchored off Margate.
Depressing graffiti on the sea wall.
"Trudging slowly over wet sand..."
Burnt out water ski hire shop.
Looking back towards Broadstairs, showing the chalk, fossil-bearing rock.
Large outdoor swimming pool.
Lift down to the beach.
Old Lido sign.
Margate harbour wall.
The impressive 1812 building of the Margate Pier and Harbour Company.
Derelict buildings by the road into Margate.
Fort Road Hotel.
New Turner Contemporary building under construction.
Looking along the deserted promenade.
Closed fast food shops by the sea front.
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