Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Little Restoration

Thanks to the wonders of digital photography, I've taken this faded and spotted photograph of the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) at Westgate during the First World War and restored it.

Notice the unbroken skyline towards Margate - no houses or Royal Esplanade - and the slipway with the crowd standing in front of what is Pav's Cafe almost one hundred years later.


Anonymous said...

It's a nice photo Simon, and not one I've seen before. Think your bearings are a little out, though, as Pav's would be away to the right out of shot, and Margate to the left.

DrMoores said...

The large slipway, if I'm correct, preceded the building of the small slipway. The latter remains but the former was removed some years ago.

If I'm right, then the crowd are standing at the entrance to Beach Rd and while your'e correct, Margate harbour view would be to the left, Westbrook / Margate direction would be in the general direction of the Royal Esplanade, which didn't exist. There's an aerial photo of the same area taken at about he same time that you can see if you visit the photo library on the sidebar.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the aerial shot does confuse the issue a little, with particular regard to slipways, none of which is visible in the photo (to me). However, I believe the scenery immediately behind the plane to be the gap in the sea-wall (which exists today, covered by the bridge) and this can be seen in the aerial shot too. That would make the onlookers spot just in front of what, today, is the crescent of beach huts. That's how it looks to me!

DrMoores said...

Your'e right and I stand corrected.. I went and had a look. The big slipway is, I think behind the boy in the shot which places the onlookers right in the crescent.