Margate, Hotel Metropole 1892

Memories of Margate

Charity Boxing Match Winter Gardens

My father of 76 yrs has a problem. He has a photo of himself at the Margate winter gardens on a charity night, as he used to box for the army. He was in the boxing ring with a marine in 1957. He had the ...Read full memory

A memory of Margate by Allan More

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 roof had collapsed leaving the outer walls, ...Read full memory

A memory of Margate by Dave Harris

70s Thoughts

I came from the north to work in Margate from 70 to 72--at what was then called the Isle of Thanet District Hospital, Margate Wing. For my first 2 months I lived in staff accommodation at the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital. I'm sure ...Read full memory

A memory of Margate by Ian Warburton

Margate As I Remember It

This is a very evocative picture. My parents used to take me on two week long summer holidays to the Kent coast in the 1950s to early 1960s - Margate, Westgate, Broastairs, Birchington. They were exciting times. ...Read full memory

A memory of Margate by Peter Leach
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History

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

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