Margate's Seaside Heritage
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        31 Oct 2007

        Summary

        Examines Margate’s seaside heritage and looks at its development as a destination for holiday-makers. By examining Margate’s historic identity the book proposes that Margate will be able to successfully renew itself to face future challenges.
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        9920443

        Main Summary

          The seaside holiday and the seaside resort are two of England’s greatest exports to the world. Since the early 18th century, when some of the wealthiest people first sought improved health by bathing in saltwater, the lure of the sea has been a fundamental part of the British way of life, and millions of people still head to the coast each year.

          Margate has an important place in the story of seaside holidays. It vies with Scarborough, Whitby and Brighton for the title of England’s first seaside resort, and it was the first to offer sea-water baths to visitors. Margate can also claim other firsts, including the first Georgian square built at a seaside resort (Cecil Square), the first substantial seaside development outside the footprint of an historic coastal town, the site of the world’s first sea-bathing hospital, and, as a result of its location along the Thames from London, the first popular resort frequented by middle- and lower-middle-class holidaymakers.

          It is unlikely that Margate will ever attract the vast numbers of visitors that flocked there in the 19th and early 20th centuries. However, with growing concerns about the environmental effects of air travel and a continuing awareness of the threat of excessive exposure to the sun, the English seaside holiday may enjoy some form of revival. If Margate finds ways to renew itself while retaining its historic identity, it may once again become a vibrant destination for holidays, as well as being an attractive place for people to live and work.

          Additional Information

          Series

          Informed Conservation

          Author

          Lucy Jessop
          Nick Dermott
          Gary Winter
          Nigel Barker
          Allan Brodie

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          210mm

          Number of Illustrations

          83

          Number of Pages

          80

          ISBN

          9781905624669

          Contents

            Acknowledgements
            Foreword
            1. Introduction
            2. 'Merry Margate': its seaside story
            Margate in 1736
            The first visitors arrive 1730-1769
            1769-1800 - a change of pace
            Why Margate - location, location, location?
            1800-1846 - development along the coast
            Margate's terraced houses
            'Merry Margate'
            Expansion and optimism - Margate before the Second World War
            Storm and stagnation - the decline of the resort infrastructure
            Margate in the late 20th century
            3. A future for Margate
            Notes
            Further reading
            Gazetteer of Margate's principal buildings of interest

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