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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Civic life -Things ain't what they use to be.

As I have said in previous postings I have been going through part of the Mick Twyman archive. My latest research is getting a glimpse of local political and civic life in the past. I have come across many interesting  political posters and photographs finding out many interesting facts.



For example they used the town silver for other purpose like holding drinking competitions. I like the way this guy has taken off his top hat while the mayor and town sergeant look on.


They even had models of the Winter Gardens made in Chocolate and they would then eat it, Civic life certainly was fun in those days.


At one event it all got much for the Chief Constable they had to carry him home.


It look like the Mayor had the same problem at this event. judging by the expressions on their faces it looks as if everybody had to walk home.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Shared history.

One good thing about living on the coast is that we do have a shared history with other coastal areas and inland waterways all thanks to maritime commerce. Margate's claim to fame has to be the first commercial paddle steamer services that tie in nicely with London history.
At the Margate Museum they do hold a collection of paddle steamer prints that sadly to say are at risk due to neglect in the past, they also hold other paddle steamer items.
With the demise of Margate's Jetty in the 1978 storm and the storm of 1953 that severely damaged the stone pier there is very little evidence that the paddle steamer trade ever existed at Margate apart from the items in the Museum collection.


Shared history, the "Royal Sovereign" and "Koh-I-Noor" off  London Bridge, both regular visitors on the Margate run.


A print of the "Magnet" in the Margate Museum. This photograph was taken in 2007 and unfortunately has started to suffer from foxing six years ago. The print originated from the Parker collection that was purchased by the then Borough of Margate in 1929.The Parker collection consists of 10,471 items and does have a substantial collection of paddle steamer prints.



A print of the  "Royal Adelaide" on display in the Margate Museum. This print originates from the Parker collection purchased by the Borough of Margate in 1929 from Frederick Reeve Parker for a sum of £1190.00. In the collection there are 67 paddle steamer and sailing hoy themed prints.


It is unfortunate that some of the prints have not been professionally cared for by Thanet District Council the owners of  the collection. This is not foxing but mould and fortunately not all the collection is like this. However no print in any public collection should ever be allowed to end up like this, it is so amateurish and reeks of neglect.


This is a good example of the bits and pieces that turn up on the foreshore at Margate and a very tangible reminder of the paddle steamer past. The piece bearing the The New Palace Steamers logo was found in 1998 and the other piece was found in the same area in 2012. Both pieces were found by myself and donated to the Margate Museum collection.

Please feel free to down load and copy

Thursday, 24 October 2013

General Steam Navigation Company at Margate


I have posted this photograph from the Mick Twyman archive for paddle steamers historians. It is the 2nd June 1923 and it is a gathering of the Mayor of Margate, Town Councillors , Directors of the Margate Pier and Harbour Company and the board members of the General Steam Navigation Company commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the GSNC and services to Margate.



The "Royal Sovereign" at the Jetty 1928


Not sure if this is a GSNC paddle steamer , but it a cracking view of the Jetty.

Same with this paddle steamer not sure if this GSNC , however it is impressive photograph given the size of the steamer to the jetty. It does make me wonder how they managed to berth.

The Mick Twyman collection - a ramble

Before I engage on posting more images from the Mick Twyman collection for pleasure and for sharing.I think I should  give the heads up on exactly what the Mick Twyman collection is about.
All through his life Mick collected all and everything to do with the history of Margate. In total it is now estimated that the collection is well over 6000 images and most of it has now been scanned by John and Janet Robinson. John and Janet are co authors of the book "Margate through Time" with Anthony Lee.
Anthony Lee is the owner of the Margate local history website which can be found on my side bar on the right. On the Anthony Lee site there many of the Mick Twyman's images I do not have plus there is an amazing collection of prints all well researched
Mick wrote hundreds of articles that featured mostly in the magazine Bygonne Margate produced by the Margate Historical society. Mick co wrote articles with Alf Beeching, John Williams and Chris Sandwell.
Alf earned the title "legs" Beeching because when Mick was ill he did a lot of the running about plus he is remarkable researcher. John Williams is another local historian and his specialist subject is aviation and he has recently completed a book on the complete history of Manston Airport. Chris Sandwell is a local maritime historian and his specialist subject is the Margate RNLI and its lifeboats.
Together with Mick they produced many articles that are now being republished through the Margate Museum. Eve, Micks wife will also be reproducing his work on paddle steamers.
 Due to Mick's sudden death there are also many unpublished works and I understand that Mick's co writer Alf "legs" Beeching will carry on this work.
Looking through the archive on my blog there are many articles and photographs Mick gave me when he was alive with the intention of sharing so please feel to download or whatever.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Paddle Steamers at Margate and Ramsgate in Photographs

In the Mick Twyman collection there are hundreds of images of paddle steamers. Mick studied the paddle steamer trade at Margate in depth and wrote a  complete history of the paddle steamer trade at Margate and Ramsgate . I can assure reader's Mick articles had been heavily researched.
I have attached a selection of photographs and postcards of paddle steamers for your enjoyment and please feel free to download and share.


The " Royal Eagle" and the "Queen of Thanet"


The "Conqueror " 1897



The "Royal Sovereign" 1903


The "London Belle" at the Jetty dates between 1925 when the lifeboat house on the right was opened and 1928 when the slipway on the left was demolished.

Post 1928 after the slipway on the left was demolished.


The "Royal Eagle" published by E Cox Margate.



The " Crested Eagle " of the General Steam Navigational Company,


Belle Steamers poster.


The "Royal Eagle" on the left and "Southern Belle"on the right


The "Royal Sovereign"  1909

The Captain of the "Royal Eagle"


The "Koh -I-Nor" 1909 


The "Eagle" 1907 published by R C Bear of Ramsgate




This is just a sample there will be more to follow.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Margate 1914 in photographs


1914 is set to be a significant year as next year marks the centenary of the out break of the first world war. I have been going through the Mick Twyman archive of postcards and photographs separating everything that Mick has dated 1914 in order to produce a set of images that portray life in Margate in the year of the out break of  the war. Please feel free to download and reproduce.



Margate Harbour and Jetty with the Royal Navy anchored in the Margate Roads


The Winter Gardens 1914


The lower promenade 1914


The Westbrook Pavillion 1914


Inside the Westbrook Pavilion 1914


Palm Bay 1914


Queens Promenade Cliftonville 1914


Marine Drive and Margate Sands 1914


On Westbrook beach summer 1914



On the beach Palm Bay 1914


Fort Cresent 1914


Catherine Villa St Peter's Road 1914


St Johns Boy Scouts 1914

YMCA Pilgrims 1914 , Margate Football pitch when it was on the Dreamland site.



Margate Policeman versus Margate Postmen football match 1914




Winter Gardens and Fort Paragon 1914



Marine Terrace and the Main Sands 1914 photograph taken by local photographer George Philip Hoare


Walpole Bay Cliftonville 1914



Queens Highcliffe Hotel 1914

Dane Park Margate 1914


A parade in Cecil Square Margate October 1914



Wheatsheaf Corner Northdown Road Cliftonville 1914