Monday, 4 December 2017

A Weekend Wandering Around Kent (part 3, Margate again, from abandonment to Dreamland)

As hinted at in my previous post, a Weekend Wandering Around Kent (part 2, Margate), I had far too much material for a single blog post, so here's the 2nd instalment of the Margate section of my recent visit to Kent. Again this post covers all sorts of aspects of Margate, from abandonment to dreamland.

The pictures in today's blog post were all taken as we walked to Margate station, which will have it's own blog post later, on a day trip to Whitstable, which will also have its own blog post.

First up we have what seemed to be half a street of abandoned and boarded up buildings, I think along Bath Road. The one on the left looks as though it may have been a factory or warehouse of some description, whereas the one on the right looks like it may have been a shop. Hopefully the attractive brick buildings on the left will be restored and escape the bulldozer.

Boarded up buildings, Margate, Kent
Boarded up buildings, Margate, Kent

The boarded up buildings continued for quite a way.

Boarded up buildings, Margate, Kent
Boarded up buildings, Margate, Kent

This one was a little more curious. It may have been a shop but also reminded me, in a strange way, of electricity substations I have seen in London.

Boarded up buildings, Margate, Kent
Boarded up buildings, Margate, Kent

As we left the abandonment behind us, we headed towards the station via the sea front, taking in Dreamland. Originally opened in 1880 but not using the Dreamland name until 1920. It's had a somewhat chequered history but I'm pleased to say that it now seems to be enjoying a new lease of life, with some attractions open even in the off-peak season. It's rise and fall and rise again is well documented in various publications, like Dreamland Revived: The Story of Margate's Famous Amusement Park.

Dreamland, Margate, Kent
Dreamland, Margate, Kent

Roller Disco, Dreamland, Margate, Kent
Roller Disco, Dreamland, Margate, Kent

Dreamland, Margate, Kent
Dreamland, Margate, Kent

Dreamland, Margate, Kent
Dreamland, Margate, Kent

Dreamland, Margate, Kent
Dreamland, Margate, Kent

And finally for the 2nd Margate instalment, a quick doorway mosaic to finish off.

Doorway mosaic, Margate, Kent
Doorway mosaic, Margate, Kent


    

I've now realised that the Margate post within the Kent post is likely to run to 4, if not 5 posts. My next Margate post will look at Margate station and the area around it, taken on two days, one beautifully sunny, the other unfortunately a bit grim. So stay tuned for more folks.

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