yesterday we had this picture
This picture of what Albion Hotel Harbour Parade in Ramsgate looks to have been painted around 1820 .Many thanks to Sally and Rob who bought it for sharing a decent sizes photo of it, click on it to expand it
The domed roof far right or the picture above and far left of the picture below is The Harbour Commissioners Rooms, also marked on the map
These two pictures are from Picturesque Views of Ramsgate by Henry Moses which was published 1817 so probably drawn in 1816.
This is from another book we publish Cockburn's Diary so you can come to the bookshop and give it a browse too.
Tuesday September 14th 1915
Yesterday afternoon (about 5.30 p.m.) a German Taube aeroplane appeared over
and dropped several explosive bombs
in the Cliftonville area. Four people were injured, one woman I fear seriously.
Three houses were damaged badly, and two horses were killed. One horse was
blown to pieces the other died evidently from shock or as the result of the
concussion of air; the bomb fell near the cab, the passengers suffered from
shock, the driver was not hurt but the horse got up and pranced round for a bit
and then fell dead. Margate
The class thing.
I was a curious child and often looked after by ladies of various social classes some of which were minor aristocracy all the way through to working class.
I was told the sign of a gentleman and of course a lady, was they were never rude by accident; always deliberately.
The working class say, a 'otel
lower middle class/middle class class say a hotel or an hotel
upper middle class and the aristocracy say an 'otel
The working classes had the worst of this one as a 'otel is the most difficult to say, of course everyone wrote it nearly the same way; an or a hotel.
back then there were no upper or lower classes and everyone new their station in life, if you are too young to remember the 50s and 60s you probably wouldn't want to live then. when someone over 65 says bring back 1965 it is as well to remember male life expectancy was 65 in 1965.
I worked in several of the seafront bars in the 60s and 70s, a stripper every half an hour (not sexist this as there were sort of wannabee Chipperfields with lady spectators who often didn't behave very well) was common as was going out onto the beach to fight after a few pints.