Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Under the old oak tree.




On the corner of Charlotte Place, Margate, in the grounds of George Warren Court, there is a large Oak Tree. For years this Oak Tree remained in the corner of the car park which was soon to be developed in the mid 1980's to become George Warren Court. When the building work commenced excavation unearthed all the cellars of the previous dwellings that were demolished in the so called 1930's "slum clearance". Around the Oak Tree a trench was dug for a pathway.
Living close by at the time I was able to get on the site in the evening with a metal detector and dig around the Oak Tree and in the freshly dug trench. I had many strong signals around the roots which turned out to be very small horse shoes and a few coins from the 1920's. The trench however was more interesting. Running the metal detector along the side of the wall I found two coins one was a George II halfpenny 1729 and the other was a George 111 halfpenny dated 1775, both are pictured. The ground was also made up of shards of pottery and other debris of a pre Victorian nature. Finds like this are not uncommon and with so much development in Margate from the early to mid twentieth century it does make me wonder what happened to Georgian Margate. Fortunately the Theatre Royal and surrounding buildings are a reminder, especially Union Crescent but there does seem to be very little local artefacts from the period.

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