Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Changing coastline - Cliftonville Sundecks














Three photographs Clitonville sundecks circa 1959 from the Sunbeam collection in the Margate Museum. The one of the left is the Walpole Bay toilets and beachhuts(1959) as seen from the cliftop looking down, this building was demolished in the early seventies to allow extension of the Promenade. The top left is another clifftop photograph looking down, again around 1959 of Walpole Bay sundeck looking west. Top right is Palm Bay sundeck looking east of the same era , on the clifftop at Foreness is a radar mast older readers will certainly remember.
Both Sundecks were demolished shortly after the storm in January 1978 after remaining derelict for a number of years.
Looking at the Palm Bay there is a feature from world war 2 in the clifface. Firstly download load the picture, then expand on the groyne where it joins the promenade then follow in a line to the base of the cliff passing through 4 people. Then work your way up the cliff and you will see a retangular slot in the cliff. That slot is a dummy machine gun pill box built in 1940 to fool the Germans that the coastline was fortified when our country was under threat of invasion. There were two in the vicinity this one was removed in the 197o's after a child climdeb in and got stuck and the other was a concrete block that still remains today.


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