Friday 17 May 2024

Click to expand, Georgian Thanet


Ramsgate Sands around 1830

I recently bought this old print of Ramsgate, it should expand fairly well with a bit of clicking. To date it for you, after 1815 as it shows steam boats and before 1842 because it shows the lighthouse designed by Benjamin Wyatt that was replaced in 1842 by the one we have now designed by John Shaw. Coastguard station centre right.

Margate Pier and Droit House in 1823

I am wondering if the round structure half way up the pier is a camera obscura, I know there was one on Margate Jetty but that wasn't there as early as 1823.This one come from the Mick Twyman collection

 This is Broadstairs in 1841 lifted from the web here  OK just Victorian although I would guess the drawing for the print would have been just about done in Georgian times.

Here at Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate we publish cheap reprints of the following Georgian books about Thanet, should you want to learn more about this period here.

There is a sense in which this could be called advertising although I don't think there is any profit made on these publications.  

This is the link to today's new book acquisitions here at Michael's Bookshop 

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Ramsgate from St Lawrence C1845, Broadstairs about 1845, St John's Margate 1850

Many Thanks to David for sending me this photo of his lithograph of Ramsgate. It should expand with a bit of clicking. Various prints of roughly this view of Ramsgate have come up over the years and when they do I fiddle with Google maps and try to work out where the view is from. one option is that is before 1845/7 so Christ Church hasn't been built. Anyway I don't think from St Lawrence down the High Street to Ramsgate but perhaps more over towards Vale Square, what do you think?

Here is the link to the 1849 map of Ramsgate You can also buy this map as a rolled sheet at Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate 

A couple of my tries with Google Maps, the white crosses on the red splodges are churches.

Onto Broadstairs 

Much easier to work out this one of Broadstairs, the tall building in the middle is Fort House which was built in the early 1800s and forms the core of what is now Bleak House extensively enlarged and refronted in 1901.

St John's Church Margate 1850 before it was restored in 1875, the roof in this one interests me and I think is probably boards and tarpaper.

Napoleon I just read this on Facebook  

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, the internet isn't what it was and I have been mostly avoiding the tec and reading the books here at Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate. 

You can keep up to date with what we are up to by looking at the books we have just put out

Here at Michel's Bookshop in Ramsgate we have been fairly busy so far this year. I put this partly down to so many secondhand bookshops closing in East Kent. This means there is hardly anywhere else left for people to sell their books to, resulting in us buying a lot of good quality books.

If you have books that you want to sell to us please send us photos of just the spines, as they are on the shelf, like the photo below.

Either send us the photos by WhatsApp, mobile number 07742 258466 or email then we will reply to you making an offer for the books we want to buy. 

The reduction of the number of Thanet shops that you can actually buy something in and with it the closure of all of the other independent secondhand bookshops is a bit of a double edged sword for us.


Friday 24 November 2023

A Bad Time for some Thanet Bookshops and some Thanet Archive Photos


This picture is of Saint Augustine's Abbey library in Ramsgate, the shelves are empty because it was taken after the monks left Ramsgate, link to more Saint Augustine's Abbey photos Just at the moment empty bookshelves in Thanet are on my mind.

Broadstairs Bookshop has just closed.

Moon Lane Books in Addington Street is closing on 22nd December 

Westgate’s children’s bookshop The Classroom will be shut by December link to news article

WH Smith is closing link to article

Here at Michel's Bookshop in Ramsgate we are still here with no plans to close. We are fairly busy local history books and secondhand books are already selling Christmas presents and it looks as though the pre-loved book is becoming an ideal and sustainable Christmas present.
Link to the latest books to come in to stock here at Michael's Bookshop
Of course independent bookshops have suffered in most towns and Thanet was no exception.

We do still have Book Bodega Harbour Street Ramsgate and The Margate Bookshop in the old town, Ellington Park charity bookshop, Old Bank Bookshop Margate, Monkton Nature Reserve bookshop, Waterstones at WC, The Works, Margate High St, Ramsgate Garden Centre and WC. WH Smith in Margate and WC. Have I missed anything?

Oh yes The Chapel in Broadstairs.