Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Tracey Emin's cave



Sometime ago (Nov 2009) the Guardian ran a article by Tracey Emin about a "cave" in Margate where she would seek solitude as a teenager. The cave in question was at Fort Hill just along the premenade from the Turner Center and it was more or less a hole that went into the cliff under the pavement at Fort Hill. It was small with barely enough room to stand up in and its seclusion was a ideal spot just to see the world go by. However, all good things come to a end and eventually it was dug out and bricked up by the Council. In the photograph above, the yellow bricks in the photograph are the exact location of the cave. I can remember at mate of mine hiding some porno mags in the cave and "that goby bird has ripped them up" as he put it. Time has moved on, and that "goby bird" is now Margate's greatest ambassador.


For the history buffs amongst us, the brickwork to the left of the cave below the Gina Mallick garden is the last remaining feature of the Marine Palace that was destroyed during the great storm of 29th November 1897. In the brickwork are small cut outs that once housed part of the structure of the switchback railway which was a early form of roller coaster.



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