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Mick Twyman of the Margate history society relives some of the most memorable parts of Margate's past. Each month Mick has published an enthrawlling tale of how life once was, prior to the Margate Handbook.

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From Alf “Legs” Beeching Mr. F.Arnold Perren, F.R.I.B.A. has prepared the sketches in the architect for the the proposed new Draper’s Mills School as it will appear wh...

(From Alf “Legs” Beeching) In the name of God Amen, I George Stone of the Parish of St. Joh the Baptist in the Isle of Thanet, County of Kent, Merchant, Being sick in ...

Extracts from the Minutes Book A History of old Margate from Alf “Legs” Beeching September 18th 1866 A letter was read from Mr. Hall complaining of a smell at No. ...

With thanks to Alf “Legs” Beeching for this piece. The committee again considered the laying out of Trinity Square Green adjoining the War Memorial site:- Dr. A Rowe...

- by ALF “Legs” Beeching. 150 YEARS OF THE TIVOLI BRIDGE In September it was the 150th Anniversary of the construction of the Tivoli Railway Arch and to expand upon t...

A general meeting was held in the large room of the Sailors Observatory on Thursday afternoon which was largely attended by the boatmen and their friends. The Mayor took...

During some recent alterations made by R. S. Tomlin Esq. at Dane Court in Thanet, there have been found, several pieces of coin in the old Flint walls some of which are i...

A curious incident occurred yesterday (Thursday) in the football match between Cecil Athletic and Trinity Institute. Trinity had scored twice and the Athletic, once when ...

In Fond Memory Of The Late Mick Twyman. Some unpleasant retributions have been thought up in times past to punish folk who have transgressed the rules of Church and St...

Emma Jane Dalton of Margate for a Moustache Spoon Walter Thomas Hancock of Margate for Improvements in Pocket Knives for Anglers.

We have carefully inspected and examined the present state and condition of the Pier, Harbour and the High Street leading thereto, and ascertain the public damages sustai...

The Mulberry tree that once stood here Where all is barren bleak and bare, Stood there- so Margate likes to think- Before the War of the Roses. And each year since, ...

- by Alf "Legs Beeching", Margate Historical Society This property auction sale listed in the local paper dated August.14th1886 gives local historians and interested p...

(In fond memory of the late Mick Twyman) This fine old building was restored from a state of dereliction in 1951 by Margate Master Build Harold Doughty and his team of...

For many years one of our ‘leading’ historians told everybody that Newgate Gap was originally spanned by a wooden bridge, erected by wealthy local Victorian resident Capt...

In fond memory of the late Mick Twyman A favourite and enduring comedy film is “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines”, in which the audience is treated to t...

In Fond Memory of MICK TWYMAN. Captain Frederick Hodges is part of Margate folklore, wrongly credited in the past with founding the town’s Fire Brigade. A very rich m...

Mansion Street- how many folk ever wonder at how this little alley from the bottom of Fort Hill past the ‘Northern Belle’ pub to Fort Road got its name? It speaks very gr...

Thousands of stretcher cases and minor wounds were dealt with at the first-aid stations which had been set up at Dreamland and the Winter Gardens and, of course, it must...

The late Dorothy Parker, daughter-in-law of Harry Parker, brother of Ted (Edward Duck Parker) the Coxswain of the then Margate Lifeboat ‘THE LORD SOUTHBOROUGH’ which, of ...

In 1999, with the 60th anniversary of Dunkirk pending, I appealed in the Dunkirk Veterans Association magazine for any of their members landed here to contact me with a v...

The accompanying engraving is well-known to those of us with an interest in maritime history. We tend to take it for granted that the story behind it is equally well-know...

The accounts given in books about the lives of our favourite stars of the screen are usually pretty informative, but there are always exceptions and that was the case reg...

The subject of this article was, once again, a difficult job to pin down. The invitation card advertising the opportunity to view the Glass Train at platform 5 of Margate...

A worryingly recurrent rumour keeps surfacing about the old Harbour Sluice, which some ‘experts’ fondly imagine can solve the problem of silting if once more opened up. C...

If the work of previous writers is consulted, you will learn neither the true location of the Town Mill or how it met its end. All you will find from a raft of different ...

We finished the article in the last magazine with the burning down of the Town Windmill, in 1902. To complete that story, here are some further relevant facts. It seem...

Richard Barham was a true son of Kent. Born in Canterbury on the 6th of December, 1788, he claimed for himself notorious descent from a knight who arrived with William th...

Any historic town which has earned its living from the sea has a sad tale to tell of lives lost by its boatmen fighting the elements, and Margate is no exception. At the ...

In 1878 construction got underway on the new sea wall and road of Marine Drive, an expensive scheme for the Borough but one which finally linked the Marine Parade and Ma...

Much has been published over the years about these windmills which once stood south of what is now Northdown Road, but it has contained much inaccuracy as to the genesis ...

An imposing feature of the Margate skyline for many years was Captain Stephen Hooper’s Horizontal Mill, which stood near to today's Zion Place in what is now Aldi’s car p...

Ask any Margatonian of a ‘certain age’ and they will without fail recall with fondness this short thoroughfare, which once linked Churhfield Place and St. Johns Road with...

Into Margate harbour on the 2nd of September, 1904, sailed a small craft of the most unusual appearance. She was a dug-out canoe in which her skipper, Captain John C Voss...

Despite what may be read elsewhere in other supposedly authoritative sources, the inception of a service of steamboats between London and Margate took place in the summe...

In 1982, Britain lost one of it’s best-loved performers when pint-sized Arthur Askey died. Born in Liverpool at the dawn of the 20th century, he always had a flair for sh...

With all of the seemingly endless talk and hype about the impending regeneration of Margate over the last decade, we have become accustomed to seeing even some very indif...

Although now completely built around and surfaced over, the Market Place started life as an open space. We are fortunate to have from the 1730s a very cleverly drawn atte...

Before the railway arrived in Margate in 1846, there were only two ways of travelling down from London. Those who preferred sea travel used the Margate hoys, sailing vess...

The imposing title of the Marine Palace was that chosen by its Victorian developers, the grandly named Margate Skating Rink and Aquarium Company, for what would transpire...

Richard Trevithick, a genius ahead of his time and one of the greatest engineers this country has ever produced, was buried in the graveyard of St. Edmund, King and Marty...

Historians tend to spend a lot of time looking into the affairs of dead people, and while some would be put off by the idea we are stimulated by it. After all, what is hi...

The iron Jetty of Eugenius Birch was a solid piece of engineering. Whereas later piers presented an impression of lightness and curves, this pioneering project looked lik...

The Margate firm of Cobb & Co. had their fingers in everything which made the town tick in the 18th and 19th centuries, with their brewing and banking interests being han...

One of the finest statuary groups in Margate Cemetery is that of the Sanger family, 19th century owners of the most spectacular circuses this country ever saw. Whilst the...

There has been much discussion in the local media of late as to the correct usage of the terms Pier and Jetty as applied to Margate, where we had the Stone Pier and Iron ...

The work on the Rennie designed stone Pier began immediately, but before the actual construction could get underway there was an immense amount of preparation required to...

So awful was the Great Storm of 1808 hat the low part of the town was flooded and many buildings on the waterfront destroyed, but had it not been for a the protection giv...

Into shelter at Margate Harbour on the 16th of August 1866 sailed a most unusual little craft at the end of an epic voyage across the wild Atlantic Ocean. Her journey had...

he Jubilee Clock Tower on the sea front below Marine Gardens is a very attractive piece of architecture, and a great adornment to our town. Erected to mark the 50th year ...

Following the spectacular crash of No 2 in April,1901, critics had been quick to attack the tram network, one particularly barbed comment claming that its drivers were no...

At Easter, 1901, the long-awaited opening of the Isle of Thanet Tramway system was greeted with much enthusiasm by the public and press alike, although a small group of v...

The age and function of Margate’s Shell Temple, as it really should be known, has baffled everyone since first going on show in 1837, but six years of research by Margate...

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