Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 1 November 2008

The Margate Seafront gates




One of the few remaining Victorian features of Margate seafront are the railings that start from the Clocktower to the start of the Nayland promenade. An interesting feature in the railings are five narrow gaps that have been gated that look like an entrance to nowhere. In fact these gaps were the entrances to the Victorian bathing machine platforms and there are five in total. Closer examination of the postcard above shows clearly the Bathing platforms and the entrances in the railings. The photograph is the entrance to the second platform and lines up perfectly with the platform in the postcard.
Another point worth remembering in the postcard is the railings along Marine Drive that were removed after the storm of February 1953 , something to look for when dating postcards.

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