Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Fort Cliffs Margate 1830's

These two engravings are what the cliff face on the Turner Centre site would have looked like in the 1830's. The top engraving titled " No mans' land of Margate Sand" by J . Shury and published by John Denne in 1832, is of the original Fort Point. The Chalk stack was once an cave then an arch which has collapsed to become a stack. The chalk stack in the print looks familiar to the chalk stack we see at Botany Bay today. The arch at Botany Bay also started as a cave , became an arch and collapsed in the storm of January 1978. Below is a picture of the cave at Botany Bay
before it ended up as a arch then a stack.
The second engraving is a well known classic of the area called Fort Rock with the Holy Trinity Church and Cobb's chimney in the background. The mast on the cliff top was a popular spot for artists who studied the view of the Harbour, Jetty and Sunsets over the bay.


Peter Checksfield said...

I always assumed that the concrete on the Botany Bay stack (& on the cliff top next to it) was the remains of some sort of bridge, but I'm guessing it was actually something else now(?).

Tony Beachcomber said...

Peter, the concrete may have been something to do with coastal defences in the area during the second world war but I am not 100% sure. The Clifftop from the coastguard station to Botany bay has buried gun platforms alonside the pathway in which we found many Bren gun cartridges with the metal detectors during the late seventies plus smoke mortar flights. Considering the area was a radar station and had a early warning system including lookouts along the coast for the approaches to the Thames estuary it would make sense to fortify the area.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Thanks for that never new any of it before when you think how a stack is formed its logical take away whats at bottom top falls in bit like me on ladders when I was working as a roof tiler

Tony Beachcomber said...

Don the force of gravity has a lot to answer up to.