Stormy Margate

Stormy Margate

Monday, 21 April 2014

X marks the spot ?

As of late I have been privy to some of the items that have come up off the sea bed in fisherman's nets off the Thanet coast. This item was picked up off the Kentish Knock and has been doing the rounds on Facebook. Lumps of concretion off a wreck on the sea bed can give many clues to the origin of the wreck, especially with a lump of porcelain attached. Just by looking at the photograph the first thing that comes to mind is an East Indiaman  either English or Dutch and given the location it is a strong  possibility. I have been given the position of the find and research has turned up 71 wrecks or strandings in the vicinity of the find. In that list the is a record of a stranding of a East Indiaman "Juliana"  in 1821 in the vicinity of the find. Also there are listed four vessels that sailed from Antwerp and Amsterdam that were lost on the Kentish Knock between  1817 to 1820 all carrying general cargo. One in particular was carrying raw silk and that is open to possibilities as silk and porcelain are East Indiamen imported items . It may be difficult to actually pin point the find at present to a particular vessel but at least I can point the finder in the general direction until more items are found.

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Thanet coast , after the surge and the coal dust deposits.

After the surge and the following gales during January and February patches of coal dust appeared along the Thanet coast, in some ares there were patches of larger fragments. I took home buckets of the stuff just to pick through it and get some idea of the make up. In the photograph below are some of the shell specimens found in the coal that predominately turned out to be European sea Cowries also in the photograph is a spiral shaped shell. The shell is known as a Wentletrap and is very unusual along the Thanet Coastline.
 The coal in general is a mixture of everything most domestic coal and the origin is far and wide. However the pieces that are darker are fragments from the gas works coal and they are harder and do polish up well. This type of coal is often used to fake Whitby Jet.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Thanet coast and the stones of Avalon

The tidal surge of the 6th December 2013 and the following two months of gale force winds have had a more profound impact on the coastline of Isle of Thanet than most people realize. Many of the people who really know and understand the coast have noticed the changes, resulting in many finds. As for myself I have set up a new collection of raw Amber found since day one of the surge and this is part of it. Finding Amber on the Thanet coastline is nothing new but it is highly specialized and takes a great deal of understanding of  wind , tides and the seasons to be good at it.
I have had other  Thanet Amber collections before of which  I have given away or loaned. One collection I call the Nordic collection found off Margate is on loan at the Margate Museum but unfortunately they seem to have difficulty in returning it to me.  I have now found these people just impossible to deal with so I have started a new collection and this time I am not going to part with a single piece of it. It is going to be the biggest collection ever amassed from the south of Thanet coast and I am going to call the collection. " The  Stones of Avalon" because  it all originates from the south westerly winds.

Above in the palm of my hand are some of the pieces found since 6th December 2013, the day of the surge.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Ramsgate - new additions to the collection

I suppose to appreciate these two items you will have to be in the hard core category of the Ramsgate History appreciation society. Both are ring boxes from Ramsgate High Street jewelers long gone. I checked them with Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate Historical Society who just happens to be the man in the know when it comes to do with anything relating to Ramsgate High Street. He gave me the following information,

Photograph above : -  E.E. Allen (Eman Edward Allen) No.61 High Street. 1914 - 1959 / No.63 High Street 1914 - 1961.      

Photograph below - George Fuggles No.29 High Street. 1913 -  Feb 1973.  George died 27 June 1920

Friday, 21 March 2014

local history round up

A few items turned up this week both receipts from the 1950's. Above is a receipt issued by Sturton & Son High Street Margate dated 17th March 1957 . I have passed a copy on to Suzannah of  Margate Local and Family History for her archive. It may be 1950's but it is surprising how little there is from that era in archive apart from newspapers. In Thanet there is this tendency that local history ends when it comes to the 1950's and 1960's and it is surprising how little information there is in archives both public and private.This is one of the reasons I like the Margate local and family history facebook page because it is progressive and is laying down the history of the 1950's and 1960's for future generations.

I was also fortunate to come across two receipts dated 1951 issued by Deakin & Son High Street Ramsgate. I will be passing these onto Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate Historical Society who specializes in the history of Ramsgate High Street. One day Terry will produce a book on the subject and if anyone has anything of this nature and age from the High street I am sure Terry will be pleased to know. As for myself I will wait for the book to come out.

I am no longer having anything to do with the Margate Museum so I will not in future deal with any enquires regarding that venue. I  have deleted all files  relating to the TDC facility and all my records and archive are now in the recycling container at Richborough . The link has been completely completely severed.
To be honest it doesn't bother me the slightest as I have so much project work to do, plus I can hold my own ground. I am not going to bitch about the reasons why other than the link is totally broken.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Happy 40th Birthday Thanet District Council

In the next couple of weeks it will be the 40th birthday of Thanet District Council. Born on the 1st April 1974 thanks to an act of parliament.  The birth was a result of the forced marriage of the two local historic boroughs of Ramsgate and Margate and somewhere along the line cousin Broadstairs was involved. Watching TDC growing up has been entertainment in its own right especially the long list of naughty boys that have passed through the ranks that just cannot behave. They say life begins at forty and going  by the article on page 7 of this weeks Isle of Thanet Gazette the wild child is not going to give up its motorbike and hang up its leather jacket that easily. God save TDC.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Local history - latest items to come in this month.

First items on the list is this image where I know the original is in the Margate Charter Trustees collection. It is the paddle steamer Royal Sovereign approaching Margate Jetty . The photograph I know for sure was taken by George Hoare who was a Margate sea side photographer and in the bottom right hand corner is his very his distinctive hand writing. This is not a widely distributed image and I would rate it hard to come by.

Next item , a  H . Goodban & Sons invoice. Goodban & Sons were based in Garlinge and were builders, decorators and undertakers which does seem strange. Then the date does give it away a bit as it is a second world war invoice which does suggest both sides of the business must have been very active.

Finally third item, This one is a great research document  for Chatham House School researchers. Dated January 1932 it is the fees for the spring term of that year. This item came with a number of letters that all relate to the Sandwell family based in Margate. I have kept this document and have repatriated the rest of the items to the the Sandwell family including the Goodban invoice above.

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