Monday 16 October 2017
Ramsgate Margate and Broadstairs around 1800 trying to look back 200 years
this is the link to buy it the free option here is coming to my bookshop in Ramsgate and giving it a thorough browse.
I think this is probably the first local guide to have pictures of the three Thanet towns that we can still identify today.
The text in the book is informative, up to a point, this is part of the the bit about Margate and the journey there
Contemporary cartoons of the Passage Packet tell a different story
the journey between London and Margate took several days depending on the weather
next an lifted from the internet so the won't expand two Ramsgate watercolours from 1801 by John Rubens Smith
Here in the bookshop it was one of those days when people tell you their house is over 200 years old, both the Paragon and Nelson’s Crescent, finished around 1800, so yes often they are absolutely right. But following on from this then people want something, a connection perhaps to this time. How I explain is another matter altogether. Saying that they were probably built as rental accommodation for the wealthy who came here for a medical cure accompanied by their families servants doesn’t seem enough. So I promised to try to do a blog post about this today.
Here is the link to the books that went on the shelves in the bookshop today.