Margate, Hotel Metropole 1892

Margate, Hotel Metropole 1892

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Memories of Margate

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Nayland Rock Cafe

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My Fathers Connection As A Photographer In Margate

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Holy Trinity Church 1891 Margate

The Margate cliffs were chalk. An extremely tall church named The Holy Trinity Church sat in the middle of Trinity Square about 800m from the sea. During the war, the ...Read full memory

A memory of Margate by Dave Harris

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The impressive facade of the Hotel Metropole, with the Ship Hotel next door, faced the end of the Jetty to greet the thousands of holidaymakers who travelled down on the paddle steamers. In the foreground is a 'guess your weight' machine, where you only paid if the proprietor guessed your weight correctly. He could do this by cleverly adjusting the weights to his advantage. Six houses to the left was the lodging house of Mrs Sophia Booth, where J M W Turner stayed between 1827 and 1851. From here he painted watercolours of golden sunsets over the sea to the west and the misty dawns to the east. Between 1939 and 1945 the Hotel Metropole and surrounding properties were demolished as part of the town's Fort Road Improvement Scheme. The area as it was before demolition can be seen in the aerial photograph on pages 8-9. Three acres of rundown cafes, souvenir shops and a wooden arcade were cleared, and a new dual-carriageway swept down the hill offering a clear panoramic view of the sands and bay.

This is an excerpt from Margate Town and City Memories, by Alan Kay

Built as the Pier Hotel in 1891, the Metropole stood at the landward end of the jetty. It was demolished, along with the adjacent buildings including the Ship Hotel, in 1938 to make way for Fort Hill and the

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