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Broadstairs in the Winter time

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Even in the snow Broadstairs has its charm.

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St Stephen's College, Broadstairs

St Stephen's College boarding school was situated on North Foreland Rd in Broadstairs between 1867 and 1991.
Within the ground...s were several buildings other than the main school and dormitories, there were stables, a chapel and a swimming pool amongst others.
I remember the site being derelict around 1998 and playing here with my friends, there had been a fire in the old stables and everything was vandalized and falling apart. I was fascinated with it. It was as if it was abandoned with old desks, chalk boards and lockers all still there with personal items such as school books still in the lockers.
The school was demolished and a housing development built there around 2001, which includes the north wing of the original boarding school building which is listed and is now converted into flats known as St Stephen's Manor.
Before the site was fully demolished an archeological dig took place which unearthed some bronze age 2000-700BC graves with human remains!

If anyone has any more information or old photographs I would love to see them! It really is this place that started my love for history and in particular abandoned buildings so please share!

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A more recent photo (October 2008) of another Broadstairs landmark that's no longer there. 'Ye Olde Crown' public house now a restaurant called 'Number 23'.

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Remember the expensive house next to the Tartar Frigate that appeared on Location, Location, Location? I wonder if the owners know of it's previous incarnation as the Mad Chef Bistro? Photo mid 1970's.

The Bandstand at Broadstairs. From E Jay

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May Queen, photo taken in Whitfield Avenue, St Peters sometime between 1962 & 1966.

On the Jetty at Broadstairs in 1913 by E. Jay

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Dumpton Gap at Broadstairs. Sent in by E. J. What year do you think this picture was taken?

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Around the turn of the century a lot of Convalescent Homes for Children started to appear around the coast. These were built for various reasons, some were for ...the children of wealthy families who would send their children for a holiday by the sea to recuperate after illness or injury and some for set up for children of the workhouse who were very ill often with Tuberculosis. Orphaned children were also sent down in the hope of finding a placement as a servant.
In Broadstairs we had Heart of Oaks (not sure where this was, can anyone help?), St.Marys which was the largest housing up to 300 children on Stone Road opened in 1887 and closed 1958, also on Stone Road was St.Davids 1899 closed 1974, Woodstock Home of Rest, St.Micheals, The Coronation Memorial Convalescent Home and The Convalescent Home of the Victoria Hospital for Children at Chelsea 1892. St.Peters Orphanage for children (whose parents died of Cholera) was on Lanthorne Road 1868, as was The Warwick Rechabite Convalescent Home, The Metropolitan Convalescent Home 1895 (The Foreland School is now built in the grounds), The Muller Convalescent Home for Jewish Children. Yarrow Convalescent was on Ramsgate Road along with Holy Cross Roman Catholic Covalescent Home 1930 (closed 1962 and run as a school, demolished 2012) and Wainwright Convalescent Home 1891 and Clevedon House were both on Eastern Esplanade!
I think its an awful shame to have lost the majority of these big old buildings, they look very impressive in the photos. I am guessing it came down to money and the cost of running/maintaining them as well as finding a use for them.

Did anybody spend any time in these homes? What were your experiences? And photos to share?
And if anyone knows if any still stand then please comment!

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Stone Bay, Boxing Day 2017

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This could be from the first Folk Week in 1967. Thanks for sending in Lyn Wildish. Send us your old photos of Broadstairs!

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Early 1900s. It could be Percy Avenue? From E. Jay.

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With Christmas getting ever closer, here's a picture from 2012 which might help get you in the festive spirit. Thanks Julie Older Rook!

Archaeologists say evidence indicates Caesar's invasion in 54BC began in Kent.

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Karim Mezeli to Broadstairs History

not sure if this is the place to ask, but I live on Dickens Rd in Broadstairs and would love to find out more about who built our house and try and track down any old photos/plans. Could anyone give me any pointers? thanks