Thursday, 28 February 2019

Some Thoughts on Ramsgate Pier, Thanet history and on visiting the bookshop

 This picture shows Ramsgate Pier in the background. The pier was built in 1879 and demolished in 1930 it must have been taken before 1930 and yet the hoardings have an uncanny resemblance to ones round the abandoned Pleasurama site that are there now.

The pier was severely damaged during WW1, fire, collision and finally a mine exploded under it. The main object of seaside piers was to provide deep enough water at all states of the tides for the paddle steamer ferries which ran to a timetable. As ferries already had this facility at the harbour pier head in in Ramsgate the whole thing didn't make much sense and the company behind it went bust two years after it opened.

If you want all of the details we publish a book about it here is the link although the better option is to come to Michael's Bookshop here in Ramsgate and browse over 200 books about this area and another 30,000 about other stuff. I'm not sure where this falls in terms of advertising as I guess most people realise that bookshops, art galleries, libraries, theatres, don't really make a profit but are often the result of individuals with an interest in promoting arts, like painting and literature.
 A rare (photography was forbidden during both wars in Ramsgate) view of the beach with war defences on it.

Some thoughts on visiting Michael's Bookshop, we don't allow dogs or eating and drinking in the shop and the inside of the shop is arranged as a warren of dead ends, so you should be able to get stuck into browsing most of the sections without people scrambling past you, someones drink or food landing on you of feeling obliged to pet someone's do and then wonder where you are going to wash your hands. On the other hand we take a very relaxed attitude to people, including children and the disabled. We do have ramps for disabled access but the are not strong enough for heavy disabled scooters, that said about half of the books are going to be on shelves that are too high, but we are very happy to set the wheelchair bound up with a table and bring them books.

The shop is very close to Staffordshire St car park if visiting by car. 

Staffordshire Street Car Park Ramsgate 200 spaces (including 10 disabled bays)
Time Period
Up to 1 hour
Up to 2 hours
Up to 3 hours
Up to 4 hours
Up to 15 hours

Also note that if you are bring boxes of books to sell, for exchange vouchers, donation, assessment, valuation, you are allowed to stop outside for unloading purposes.

We do our best to sort out people's excess book problems for them, and I recommend that people take photos of the books the want to dispose of  and send them to us or share the file with us, or just shoe us the photos on their phones before carrying large quantities about.

You only need to take photos of the spines of the books on the shelves and not each individual book, the browse the books part of our website has plenty examples this is the link to it
Not sure about the white writing I thought this was August 1940.

 Visiting the bookshop by public transport is very easy as the Loop bus stop (called, Ramsgate, Belmont Street) is very close. ITC means different things to different people and while a lot of people will just use their smartphones to find us on Google Maps 

For others Red arrows point to the bus stops and blue pointing to the car park.

When visiting by train the Loop Bus also stops at Ramsgate Railway Station, it is important to get on the Loop bus going in the Ramsgate direction. 

The whole business of shopping and of bookshops is still changing rapidly with the remaining independent bookshops increasingly becoming something of family leisure destinations. Getting what we have to offer is a bit of a balance. The best we can do is to please some of the people some of the time. But that said there is a sense that the bookshop is becoming something of a community asset, so if you have thoughts about how it could be improved I am interested in them and would like to hear them.

Margate photos next

 I am pretty sure that this was roughly where Dreamland is now and was produced by converting the railway station there when having two stations next to each other based on competing lines finished.
 I think tent bathing developed after the bathing machines from the end of WW1, the woollen bathing costumes were still in use when I was a child and were inclined to sag, cling and so on, this may have had something to do with it too.
 Cliftonville Bathing later called The Lido opened in 1927, so I guess new means not long after then.

Mr Sydney’s Koh-I-Noor café later became Harold Page’s The Bungalow Tea-Rooms, which was destroyed by fire in 1975

1 comment:

  1. The rival station built by LCDR adjacent to the SER station, never operated despite the track having been laid and was abandoned for some years before being sold for conversion to Margate's first Hall by the Sea. Various modifications to the frontage and eventual part rebuild, then in Sanger's ownership brought the only first success however. After numerous additional extensions including the still existing former ballroom at the far South and blue sheds to the South East, the frontage was modified over itself again. All that before the new and still existing cinema complex remarkably and rightly filled the gap between those other existing additions.

    Margate's first station built by SER, then renamed Margate Sands, eventually admitted defeat and closed when SER were bought out and merged. The track and yards were ripped up, the underpass through the LCDR embankment was filled in, a loop line connecting the remaining SER line and yards to the South continued operation with little use and the old station building was sold to become the Casino ballroom/restaurant. Sadly, the building later burnt down to ground and was cleared to create additional coach and car parking, before going under the new Arlington complex. The construction of Sanger's mock ruined abbey walls, buildings and animal cages as part of the menagerie and pleasure gardens, all prominently towered over the old yards and site at this time, much of which was later lost or intently demolished, along with complete removal of the unused LCDR embankment, unfortunately. Regards.


Comments, since I started writing this blog in 2007 the way the internet works has changed a lot, comments and dialogue here were once viable in an open and anonymous sense. Now if you comment here I will only allow the comment if it seems to make sense and be related to what the post is about. I link the majority of my posts to the main local Facebook groups and to my Facebook account, “Michael Child” I guess the main Ramsgate Facebook group is We Love Ramsgate. For the most part the comments and dialogue related to the posts here goes on there. As for the rest of it, well this blog handles images better than Facebook, which is why I don’t post directly to my Facebook account, although if I take a lot of photos I am so lazy that I paste them directly from my camera card to my bookshop website and put a link on this blog.