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Broadstairs - a Brief History

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The York Gate
Pictured right - situated in Harbour Street.
Originally known as Flint Gate, it was later renamed in honour of the Grand Old Duke of York.
Built by George Culmer in 1540 and restored by Sir John Henniker in 1795 (later to become Lord Henniker).
Originally, the structure housed a portcullis and heavy-duty wooden gates as a defence against raiders from the sea.
The York Gate

St. Mary's Chapel
Pictured right - situated in Albion Street, near to the junction with Harbour Street.
This Chapel stands on the site once occupied by the famous shrine of "Our Lady of Bradstowe".
The shrine, which attracted pilgrims from afar, is known to have dated back to the 11th century and possibly even earlier but not necessarily on this exact spot.
Parts of this building are of 13th century origin, the date on the plaque, 1601, refers to its restoration.

Dickens House Museum
Pictured below, left - situated at No. 2 Victoria Parade.
In Charles Dickens' time, this was the home of Mary Pearson Strong upon whom he based the character of Betsy Trotwood in David Copperfield.
Mary died on January 14th 1855, aged 84, today her former home is a museum housing many artefacts associated with the author.

St. Mary's Chapel

Pictured below, right - a close-up of the wall plaque - "In this house lived the original of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. 1849".

Dickens House Museum Wall Plaque

The Jubilee Clock Tower
Pictured right - standing on a section of cliff known as Preachers' Knoll.
Originally built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

In the mid 1970's it burnt down but was rebuilt to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977.

Louisa Bay (also known as Louisa Gap)
This is situated next to Viking Bay, towards Ramsgate.
Pictured below, left - this plaque commemorates a former bridge built by Thomas Crampton, the famous engineer, who was also responsible for Crampton Tower.
This bay is believed to have taken its name from Louisa Crampton, the second daughter of said engineer.
The Jubilee Clock Tower

Wall Plaque High Street
Pictured right - wall plaque situated above the shop-front, next-door to Iceland in the High Street - "Charles Dickens lived here and wrote part of Pickwick Papers. 1837".
Wall Plaque

Pierremont Hall
Pictured below, left - situated next to the High Street.
Built in c1790 and later used as a holiday home by the future Queen, Princess Victoria.
Today, it is the home of Broadstairs and St. Peter's Town Council.
The name Pierremont derives from the French for St. Peter's Mount.

Pictured below, right - a rear view of Pierremont Hall, its grounds are now a public park.

Pierremont Hall - front view Pierremont Hall - rear view

Crampton Tower
Pictured right - situated next to Broadstairs' railway station.
Built in 1859 by the famous, Broadstairs' born, Victorian engineer Thomas Crampton who formed the Broadstairs Water Company in order to provide residents with good quality water.
Today the structure is the Crampton Tower Museum, a building at the rear houses the Broadstairs' Stagecoach.

Pictured extreme right - a rear view of Crampton Tower.

Crampton Tower Museum Website
Crampton Tower Crampton Tower - rear view

The Official Broadstairs Website

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