Following Mick Twyman's passing I have been spending the past few days reading his work and reflecting on the legacy he has left behind. Mick had a very broad knowledge of the history of Margate and like many realised Margate's History seemed to be time locked in the Victorian era through to the years up until the out break of the first world war which some historians would herald as a golden age. Mick thought otherwise and this led to the creation of the Margate Historical Society. The formation of the Margate Historical Society led to a whole new era of research into the History of Margate with contributions from anyone who had a story to tell , leading to contributions covering every aspect of the History of Margate from the year dot to the present day, everything was welcome.
The Borough of Margate was Incorporated in 1857 and most records of Margate in Margate date from that time. However, Mick teamed up with Alf Beeching which led to the research into archives kept outside the area, along with John Williams, Chris Sandwell and other members who I apologise for not naming, the research had begun . Mick's vision had begun.
Soon many unpublished historical facts emerged from research and some of the new research even led to historical errors from previous publications being corrected. The foundation of a accurate new data base of the History of Margate had begun incorporating both old and new publications to produce the magazine "Bygone Margate".
This new data base soon uncovered many new and forgotten facts on the development of Margate all properly researched from the 11th century through to the Georgian era, like Tudor House, the Grotto, Cobb family and Maritime Margate to name a few, leading to the publication of over seventy magazines. As they say the rest is History.