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St Margaret's Village History
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East Cliff from the beach.
This unused, black and white postcard by an unknown publisher, but numbered 74471, shows the beach in St Margaret's Bay looking north eastwards.
East Cliff from the beach. 1920
This is a postcard view looking along the beach towards the NE. Groynes are visible at the north end and housing development is gradually increasing both on the beach and along the cliff.
East Cliff from the beach. 9 May 1923
An image taken from the beach showing properties at the north end of the Bay. The introduction of groynes shows the need to protect shingle from being lost from the beach after the completion of ...
East Cliff from the beach. post 1921
Unused, undated black and white postcard of the Beach, St Margaret's Bay. Excelsior Tea Gardens has 'Tea Garden' in large white letters on the roof. This was done in 1921.
Fishermen and boats on St Margaret's Bay beach. After 1886
Photograph known to have been taken after 1886 as the Beach Villas (in the background) have been built. The two fisherman are not identified.
Garden of Beechin and Eglinton Cottages in the Bay. early 1900s
Black and white photograph of three young females and 2 young males sitting or standing in a garden in St Margaret's Bay. The garden appears to be in front of Eglinton and Beechin Cottages. Handwritten ...
Gordon Denoon's father and sister, Muriel, on St Margaret's beach. 1936
From the Gordon Denoon album a photograph taken in 1936 of Gordon's father with his sister, Muriel on St Margaret's Bay beach with the Excelsior Tea Rooms in the background. Below the photograph are Gordon's observations ...
Group of people on a veranda; Playing bumble-puppy on the beach. c1907
Two photographs, one showing a group of people standing on a veranda, probably the old Coastguard Cottages converted to holiday accommodation, and the other is of people enjoying a game of swingball on the foreshore. ...
Heather Denoon and Rip in 1948
From the Gordon Denoon album, a photograph of one of Gordon's daughters, Heather, with the family dog.
High seas breaching the new promenade in St Margaret's Bay. Early 1950s
From the Gordon Denoon album a series of photographs showing the sea at high tide dashing against the new sea wall still under construction.
Hilda, Daisy and Gladys on a veranda in The Bay. 1900 - 1910
Two small black and white photographs featuring three young ladies standing on a wooden veranda, almost certainly at St Margaret's Bay. Handwritten caption states: 'Hilda, Daisy and Gladys'. Daisy is presumed to be Daisy Watts. Daisy Watts ...
History of the Village on the Beach by AL MacFie
An article by AL MacFie from the September 1983 issue of the Journal of Kent Local History concerning the development of the village under the cliff in St Margaret's Bay between 1535 - 1946
Improvements to the Bay. 13 August 1954
A typed extract from the Dover Express dated 13 August 1954 reporting the lack of lifebelts on the new sea wall.
Jim Atkins jun's boat and day trippers in the Bay. Late 1940s
Taken from the Gordon Denoon album with Gordon's notes. 'Young Jim' is the son of Jim Atkins, a well-known local fisherman.
Jim Atkins on St Margaret's beach. Undated
From the Gordon Denoon album a photograph of Jim Atkins (known to the Denoon family as "Old Jim"), a local fisherman, flanked by Gordon Denoon's father and his sister, Muriel. Jim's hut is in the immediate ...
Joan Denoon c.1926
From the Gordon Denoon album a photograph of his eldest daughter, Joan, taken in 1926 in St Margaret's Bay.
Local men and boats on St Margaret's Bay beach.19thc
The men are identified left to right as: James Powell (born in the village and farmed Street Farm, now Knoll Court, in the centre of the village, known for its horses and for hosting the village ...
Molly Wyatt and two others sitting on the beach in St Margaret's Bay. 1930s
Two photographs of people sitting on the beach, St Margaret's Bay. The top one is of Mrs Molly Wyatt, wife of Capt. Frank Wyatt and the bottom is of two women and a child sitting on ...
Molly Wyatt in a bathing costume on the beach. 1930
A photograph of Molly Wyatt in a bathing costume standing on the beach. In the background the old Coastguard Boathouse which by this time was a holiday let. This shot predates the building of the white ...
Ness Point at low tide. c1946/7
From the Gordon Denoon album. 'Ian' was Gordon's son
Ness Point from the beach.
A post card image looking SW along the gently sloping shingly beach at St Margaret's. A tranquil scene with holidaymakers enjoying the sun. This is obviously later in the 20th century for erosion has already ...
Ness Point from the beach. 1880s
This view from the beach looks SW towards The Ness and the lighthouse visible in the centre on the skyline. The Coastguard cottages are seen end on in the darker colour. The signal mast is ...
Ness Point from the beach. 1890's
A view along the beach looking SW. Probably taken in the 1890's or early 1900's as we see the beach properties are gradually being fenced off. The Ness is still very prominent and has yet ...
Ness Point from the beach. c1884
A photograph looking along St Margaret's Bay towards Ness Point. The renovated Coastguard Cottages are to the right now used for holiday lets, and the experimental lights at the South Foreland date this picture to ...
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