Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

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Thursday, 18 December 2008

Margate Bathing Rooms - Lower High Street




Two engravings of the Margate Saltwater bathing rooms, the top engraving was published on April 12th 1812 and shows the entrance to the rooms from the lower High street. On the side of the building the proprietor Philpot offers a warm salt water baths or machines for bathing.
The other engraving also published 1812 shows how the bathing machine was accessed from the bathing rooms via wooden steps. It is also noticable there is no lighthouse on the end of the harbour and the shape of the harbour wall does indicate it is the wall that was destroyed in the great storm of 1808.
Part of sea wall pictured can be seen today at the end of the alley by Henrys and over the railings opposite Sundowners. The old sea wall continues to the clock tower if you follow the slope from Sundowners to the clock tower.

2 comments:

Millicent said...

Those were the days - sad to see the high street in such decline today

Anonymous said...

Fascinating stuff! 'Warm salt water baths' sounds like something a lot of alternative health practicioners would be into today, surely along with other services an unfulfilled niche? One branch Margate could go, back to its roots.