Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Neptune Square

Another archive photo from Tony, who writes:

"This is a picture of Neptune Square, Margate in the 1930's which once stood where the left hand lane of the Fort Hill dual carriage way is today. In the top right of the photo is the seamans mission. All this was demolished under a so called "slum clearance" in the 1930's so the new Fort Hill could become a dual carriage way. The demolition displaced the Margate maritime community who lived there."

Ed: Just imagine. What a pretty sight it would be today. It's tragic how much of Margate's past was knocked down to pave the way for some rather ugly development.


stuart said...

I think it would have flooded many times over if the location is correct!

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Arlington House for a start.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Stuart, the white building on the right going up paradise street is the seamans mission. Neptune Square is dead opposite the tall terrace block on the corner of Fort Road as we know it today.

Anonymous said...

Nothing's changed demolition of beautiful historical buildings still goes on today - nothing changes - it's good to know to know we have pictures like these in the archives to remind us of what Margate once looked like.

Bob the Builder said...

Some of these old buildings might look nice but look closer and you'll see the rot. Anyone see a programme on the British Museum the other day? It had about 20 different types of repair material on the roof and the repairs done to parts of it 50 years a go we totally bodged. Another example on 'Homes Under the Hammer' was a 500 year old oak frame house which had had a stone chimney put in a couple of hundred years after it was first built. The chimney stack was built around the existing supporting timbers. This wasn't some peasant's house neither, rather a grander dwelling. Also, why do we still build mock tudor houses? (Some one over Ramsgate has stuck tudor beams on their ex-council house ughh). Don't we in the early 21st century have our own design ideas or are these retro designs so safe looking no one dare change things? We are a museum society sad to say.