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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Ramsgate - new additions to the collection


I suppose to appreciate these two items you will have to be in the hard core category of the Ramsgate History appreciation society. Both are ring boxes from Ramsgate High Street jewelers long gone. I checked them with Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate Historical Society who just happens to be the man in the know when it comes to do with anything relating to Ramsgate High Street. He gave me the following information,

Photograph above : -  E.E. Allen (Eman Edward Allen) No.61 High Street. 1914 - 1959 / No.63 High Street 1914 - 1961.      

Photograph below - George Fuggles No.29 High Street. 1913 -  Feb 1973.  George died 27 June 1920



Friday, 21 March 2014

local history round up


A few items turned up this week both receipts from the 1950's. Above is a receipt issued by Sturton & Son High Street Margate dated 17th March 1957 . I have passed a copy on to Suzannah of  Margate Local and Family History for her archive. It may be 1950's but it is surprising how little there is from that era in archive apart from newspapers. In Thanet there is this tendency that local history ends when it comes to the 1950's and 1960's and it is surprising how little information there is in archives both public and private.This is one of the reasons I like the Margate local and family history facebook page because it is progressive and is laying down the history of the 1950's and 1960's for future generations.


I was also fortunate to come across two receipts dated 1951 issued by Deakin & Son High Street Ramsgate. I will be passing these onto Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate Historical Society who specializes in the history of Ramsgate High Street. One day Terry will produce a book on the subject and if anyone has anything of this nature and age from the High street I am sure Terry will be pleased to know. As for myself I will wait for the book to come out.

I am no longer having anything to do with the Margate Museum so I will not in future deal with any enquires regarding that venue. I  have deleted all files  relating to the TDC facility and all my records and archive are now in the recycling container at Richborough . The link has been completely completely severed.
To be honest it doesn't bother me the slightest as I have so much project work to do, plus I can hold my own ground. I am not going to bitch about the reasons why other than the link is totally broken.








Saturday, 15 March 2014

Happy 40th Birthday Thanet District Council

In the next couple of weeks it will be the 40th birthday of Thanet District Council. Born on the 1st April 1974 thanks to an act of parliament.  The birth was a result of the forced marriage of the two local historic boroughs of Ramsgate and Margate and somewhere along the line cousin Broadstairs was involved. Watching TDC growing up has been entertainment in its own right especially the long list of naughty boys that have passed through the ranks that just cannot behave. They say life begins at forty and going  by the article on page 7 of this weeks Isle of Thanet Gazette the wild child is not going to give up its motorbike and hang up its leather jacket that easily. God save TDC.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Local history - latest items to come in this month.


First items on the list is this image where I know the original is in the Margate Charter Trustees collection. It is the paddle steamer Royal Sovereign approaching Margate Jetty . The photograph I know for sure was taken by George Hoare who was a Margate sea side photographer and in the bottom right hand corner is his very his distinctive hand writing. This is not a widely distributed image and I would rate it hard to come by.


Next item , a  H . Goodban & Sons invoice. Goodban & Sons were based in Garlinge and were builders, decorators and undertakers which does seem strange. Then the date does give it away a bit as it is a second world war invoice which does suggest both sides of the business must have been very active.


Finally third item, This one is a great research document  for Chatham House School researchers. Dated January 1932 it is the fees for the spring term of that year. This item came with a number of letters that all relate to the Sandwell family based in Margate. I have kept this document and have repatriated the rest of the items to the the Sandwell family including the Goodban invoice above.

Please feel free to download and please feel free to reproduce.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Ramsgate artefacts - a brief round up and a natter.

It has been a week or so since I have given Ramsgate a mention and this is mostly due to the number of projects I am assisting at present. The highlight of the past week has been auction watch and watching the number of Ramsgate items that have been up for grabs . Top item of interest recently has to be a Ramsgate Borough Policemans's truncheon that went for £40 with a pair of handcuffs thrown in. Other items also included Pegwell pot lids, Mauchlin boxes and decorative plates that all went cheaply.I would have gone for the lot but after my experience with the Margate Museum when I would buy items for the Museum out of my own pocket and donate. I can honestly say those days are now long gone and now is not the time to lay out on Ramsgate items until I can see some commitment somewhere for a Town Museum or Heritage Center. However should something fall into my lap I will accept it and I cannot refuse rarity . So out of the few recent nick nacks I have is a Tomson and Wotton beer bottle that has down the rounds on facebook and dates anytime from the 1920's to the 1930's plus a 1914  Philpott bottle stopper.

Friday I will be giving Bermondsey antique market a look to see what is up on the market further away.




Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The reopening of Tivoli gardens Margate August 1901


The reopening of Tivoli gardens 1901. I have up loaded  the program of the re opening of Tivoli gardens in August 1901 and by all accounts a very Victorian affair. Makes good reading for anyone interested in the history of Margate or just enjoy Victoriana .















Early 20th century Thanet business receipts.

Following on from the previous posting I also have a few copies of early 20th Century Thanet business receipts and small advertisements.They are very random and please feel free to download, they come from Mick Twyman's research archive. Once again this is a free library service so please feel free to use what you want.










Margate , Cliftonville and Ramsgate miscellaneous advertising.

On disc I have many random advertisements from the early part of the twentieth century mostly Margate and Cliftonville plus a few Ramsgate. The origin is the Mick Twyman collection and I think what I have is what Mick kept on disc  for research. I have put mostit together as a posting mostly for general interest and if anyone has a particular interest in any of the content please feel free to download as this is a free library style service.I have attached no captions as it is all self explanatory.



















Saturday, 1 March 2014

Images of past Margate and Cliftonville Hotels.


I have been gradually been wading through the Mick Twyman archive of 3,500 images putting items of interest into folders. One subject I have chosen are the hotels in both Margate and Cliftonville that are no longer with us or the buildings have changed. This is a sample so please feel free to download and copy these fine examples of our seaside heritage. Like a DJ I do requests so if there is any particular hotel or guest house you require email me or whatever and I will see if I have it.