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At Broadstairs

September 19, 2009
by the gentle author

I have not been more than a couple of miles beyond Spitalfields for over a year, while my friends have been on Summer holidays to China, Malta, Venice, Croatia and France. So I decided it was time to take some time off, walked down to London Bridge Station and took the train to Broadstairs. I have always wanted to go there to see the Dickens House Museum and I was not disappointed because I had a personal tour narrated by the official guide – a lady of advanced years and very dimunitive stature, who more than made up what she lacked in height with charm and volubility. At the end of my tour, she asked if I had any questions, so I asked to photograph her and as you can see, she obliged.

Then I turned north and walked along the coastline, following the edge of the white cliffs for miles until I reached Margate, childhood home of one of our most distinguished Spitalfields artists. After taking the photo below, I took the train back and returned to London, satisfied with my day out and arriving home in time for supper.


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  1. Sally Baldwin permalink
    July 21, 2011

    Oh, super find!!

  2. December 31, 2011

    Ramsgate is pretty interesting and has beautiful beaches and a Royal harbour. Annette

  3. Sonia Murray permalink
    September 3, 2012

    I grew up at Margate – first date with my husband at the Dreamland ballroom – and married at Ramsgate, where Gran used to take me for an outing as a child. When I come home to England I invariably take a day to go back in time. Take the train from London to Ramsgate, walk down the old familiar streets to the harbour, buy jelly doughnuts and eclairs (you can’t get goodies like that over here, they’re nowhere near as good!) and savor them for lunch on the top of the bus on the way to Margate… Your article brought back many happy memories. Thank you!

  4. Victoria permalink
    September 16, 2014

    I love Broadstairs but not visited for years. A lovely old-fashioned seaside town.

  5. Bernie permalink
    September 6, 2021

    I have two Broadstairs memories from about 1937, aged 4. Sent by the Children’s Hospital from London for recuperation (what from?) to stay in a convalescent home I discovered on the first morning that I did not know how to tie my own shoelaces — tears galore! And then, out for a walk in a crocodile of kids, we went past the pier and I saw a pair of open-air scales weighing a huge fish. I was told it was a Halibut. Strange what sticks in the mind — for more than eighty years!

  6. Stuart Thorn permalink
    March 15, 2023

    As you can see, I’m keeping my promise too, working my way steadily through your promise! I wonder if I’ll ever catch up? Hope so, because I love stumbling over something like this…

    I too did part of my growing up in Thanet, mainly Margate and Cliftonville – many memories even though it was only 4 years before I moved down the road to Deal and joined the Royal Marines, in 1969.

    I went back to Broadstairs last year (2022) with my young family and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We went to Margate and Cliftonville too where I showed my 14 yr-old twin boys some of my earlier haunts.

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