Margate was Meregate in 1254, probably from mere geat "gap
leading to the sea or pool". It is the archetypal seaside resort,
being a traditional favourite destination for Londoners, with soft
sandy beaches and shallow waters providing warmer waters for
bathers. A Londoner might well call it Mar-Gitt with a hard G.
This fairground was behind one of the amusement
arcades in town and not visible from the street (2007).
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Herne Bay gets its name from the village of
Herne inland. In 1100 it was spelt Hyrnan, meaning "place
at the angle/corner of land", probably referring to a turn in
the Roman road.
August brings the Herne Bay Festival of
family-friendly fun, according to their website
2006. The sports pavilion has since been
demolished and the pier is now furnished with a variety of vendors
huts, rides, boating pool, food vendors and an observation deck at
Interestingly, the pier knitters are busy
making decorative models/toys for the pier.
The remains of Herne Bay pier, engineered by
Thomas Telford and opened in 1832. It was the second longest
(behind Southend), this being made necessary by the shallow waters,
bearing in mind that piers were built to enable pleasure boat
passengers to disembark.
I can imagine well togged-up swimmers
emerging in bathing costumes identical to the huts – blue, green,
red and stripy.
Having arrived at the chosen seaside, no Brit
would dream of being put off by the weather, preferring to sit it
out regardless. Part of the Never Give In spirit, and also a bit of
Getting Our Money's Worth Now We're Here. Every shelter should really have a plaque
saying "I do believe it's brightening up a bit."
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Swalecliffe The name derives from either
"swallows' riverbank" or "bank of the Swale watercourse", swale
meaning "rushing water"
Looking west towards Whitstable, at the end of
Swalecliffe seafront (2 photos joined). The headland in the distance is Margate,
with Herne Bay out of sight inbetween.
Walk eastwards past the huts and on to a
shingly grassy promontory
Marsh/grassland between Swalecliffe and Herne
Bay. An ideal place to enjoy big skies and breezes. Swalecliffe's
long empty seafront is totally quiet and peaceful, with the grassy
areas and backs of residential and caravan parks coming down to the
coast pathway. The only sound was that of the breeze in the grass
and occasional seagull.
Maybe not a place for hayfever sufferers
I would add to this, beware anger of any sort
Back of caravan park right by the seafront. I
remember a caravan holiday here when very young, flying my kite on
the green. One day, I had hurriedly pulled in my kite without winding
up the string, as the kite was threatening to come down on a mudflat. The
inevitable impossible tangle was noticed by a passerby who
commiserated "That's what's called a crow's nest."
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