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Isle of Thanet Through Time

Anthony Lane

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ISBN 10: 1445609223 / ISBN 13: 9781445609225
Published by Amberley Publishing, 2013
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Title: Isle of Thanet Through Time

Publisher: Amberley Publishing

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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Dependent originally on fishing and farming, Margate and Ramsgate benefited as limbs of the Cinque Ports during the Middle Ages, shipping grain to London and elsewhere. Growth was, however, slow until an interest in sea-bathing arose in the eighteenth century, when, to Margate's great benefit, Benjamin Beale invented the first bathing machine with a modesty hood. After that, hoys, paddle steamers and railways brought a stream of visitors that rapidly became a torrent. After the last war, easier foreign travel allowed people to bathe elsewhere, causing Margate to lose many hotels and other amenities. Mods and rockers did not reverse that trend and Manston aerodrome enjoyed some notoriety with the USAF in residence. Successes included the Hovercraft service to Calais and the enlargement of Ramsgate harbour. Thanet's cliffs, beaches and sea air remain attractive today, though. This delightful book shows some of the changes.

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Anthony Lane has written numerous books on aspects of maritime Kent, from Front Line Harbour, a history of the port of Dover, to various books on Kentish shipwrecks. He was originally from near Ramsgate but now lives in Wiltshire.

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