Monday, 9 January 2023

Old Thanet Pictures


 Starting with Ramsgate.The pier was built in 1879 and demolished in 1930. We publish a book about the pier
Here is a picture of the last bit of the demolition of Ramsgate pier in 1930

These three pictures show Ramsgate sands before 1860 when railway station was built on the site of the coastguard station and boatyards

This is Margate pier after the storm that finally demolished it in 1978
This next group of three pictures show the aftermath of the storm in 1938

Sorry I haven't posted for a while I've rather gone off social media recently.

As you would expect, working here at Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate, I have been reading a lot of books and not much in the way of phone or computer screens.

We have several new Thanet local history books at the editing stage of publication at the moment.

Work wise Michael's Bookshop here in Ramsgate has been steadily busy since Christmas with plenty of interesting titles coming in link to our new acquisitions blog 

Saturday, 24 December 2022

Happy Christmas and old Thanet pictures


I'm assuming that this one is of Margate caves like the ones below.

These two are Broadstairs of course

A couple of early ones from before the red brick arches

Link to pictures of books we put out for sale Friday

Link to the pictures of the books we put out Christmas Eve

Sorry about the lack of posting it's been busy where I work at Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate, but suddenly mid Christmas eve afternoon it has gone absolutely quiet giving me a chance to write this blog post.

Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Vintage Thanet from the air

 Most of the older aerial shots of Thanet date from in the 1920s and 30s. I think probably because aerial photography was something of a novelty back then.

Once again I'm a bit behind with my blog posting and Facebook linking. This is supposed I should put up on Monday afternoon but I'm publishing it just now Wednesday morning.

Hey where I work at Michael's bookshop in Ramsgate we have been busy with Christmas shopping. Well that's my excuse for being kind with things anyway.

On the Christmas shopping front quite a bit of the stuff we bought online is still stuck in the post somewhere. We went to Westwood cross yesterday which was reasonably busy

Saturday, 17 December 2022

Thanet Fetes and Carnivals

 Not sure when they started calling carnivals carnivals but probably a lot later then people would expect

Not much text today, I am hard at work selling people books to give as Christmas presents 

Link to the books we put out for sale Saturday  

Friday, 16 December 2022

Edwardian Ramsgate Holiday and Margate Sun Deck


13th August 1905 members of the Calais band and the mayor C R Dowling

This is the road to the fort in Margate in 1820, so where Turner Contemporary is now
Then these three showing thee sun deck

Here at Michael's bookshop in Ramsgate we have been busy with people Christmas shopping.

Our Thanet local history books are holding up fairly well and I'm hoping to have pretty much all of them in stock through the week before Christmas.

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

Some older pictures of Ramsgate and Margate

 First these photos of Ramsgate harbour sluice gates they show the damage caused by running the sluices too fast.

I assume these are Victorian pictures it's really hard to tell from the background but they look pretty old to me.

Stereoscope pictures from Mick Twyman's collection next. With these not only do the pictures have an old look but you can tell from their content that they are fairly early I think they're all Victorian.

This is Margate lower High Street
Margate harbour from the pier
Looking towards marine parade
And another one of the harbour.

On to what I've been up to the last coupe of days.

3 A6 sketches yesterday

I've been having quite a few difficulties with Facebook and with FB groups recently. 

I do try why to post links on the relevant local Facebook groups to blog posts containing historical Thanet pictures. As I have been suspended from one of the main Ramsgate local history groups and obviously I can't see any reason why, it would be very useful if any group moderators who don't want me to post would say so and I would stop posting to whichever group doesn't want me to to post.