Old Ramsgate (then and now)

Identical scenes from the town of Ramsgate (Isle of Thanet) from past centuries and today

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

More Old & New Ramsgate pictures...



Bellevue Road, c.1905




Bellevue Road, 2007


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West Pier, c.1890




West Pier, 2007

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Marina Gardens, c.1905
Note the old Marina Theatre in the background, at the end of the esplanade

Marina Gardens (now called Granville Gardens), 2007

The old Marina Theatre has long since been demolished, after being turned into a Nightclub (Neros) in the '70's and 80's, and there is now just a car park where it used to stand

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The Promenade, Ramsgate Sands, c.1904




Same view, 2007

The Marina Restaurant is still visible in the background, although the pier has long since disappeared

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Kent Terrace, c.1903



Same View, 2007

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Ramsgate Sands Paddling area, c.1895




Same View, 2007

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Main Sands, c.1890



Same View, 2007Still a very popular beach, but has never quite recaptured its’ Victorian Heyday
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Sands & Pavillion, c.1905
Here the pavillion is decked out in a marquis style on the upper level, and the large Edwardian crowd appear to be watching a sailing regatta



Same View, 2007

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Ramsgate Sands and Railway Station, c.1895




Same View, 2007
Note the missing Railway Station, which burned down in the late 1990’s, during which time it had been an amusement arcade for many decades

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East Pier, c.1890


Same View, 2007

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Ramsgate Dry Dock (ship repairs), c.1900




Same View, 2007
Albeit with a different ship in the dry dock undergoing repairs!
The famous Maritime Museum is on the left (with the clock tower)

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The Harbour Front, c.1901


Same View, 2007
The Alexandria Restaurant still remains, to the right of what was the Castle Hotel

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Arcade and New Road, c.1904



Harbour Approach and ‘New Road’, 2007

Not much has changed in this view except the construction of the Jarvis Marina Resort hotel (right of picture), and more traffic of course!
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31 Comments:

Blogger Smudger said...

Vince

Am very interested in old Ramsgate & area, particularly during WW2. I have been photographing pillboxes and old gun positions, etc. Would you have any info or pictures about Thanet Home Guard?

11:54 pm  
Blogger GE said...

Your blog has been included in our guide.

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Our criterion for inclusion is that photographs related mainly to a specific geographical location are posted at dated intervals. CDPB critera are much stricter, so inclusion in our guide does not imply that a blog is officially a CDPB.

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1:11 pm  
Blogger Eastcliff Richard said...

Another masterpiece! Thanks Vince.

1:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in Ramsgate in 1986, it was my first trip to England. I've enjoyed my stay there very much indeed. I'll never forget it.
Thank you Vince for reminding me how still beautiful the town is and how amazing it was in the past.
Eva from Rome, Italy.

9:29 am  
Blogger leigh1 said...

Family used to live at Kent terrace from early 1900's, have been looking for an old photograph just like you have above circa 1903, do you have any idea where I can purchase or point me in the right direction?,fabulous website lovely to see how beautiful it was.

2:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where the old National Provincial Bank used to be in Goldsmid Place before the new one was built in the 1880s? It opened in 1837. Was it the premises next door to the Albion Hotel facing the Harbour? The Albion Hotel was demolished to make Madeira Walk. Or was the new bank (now Pizza Hut)built on the site of the old bank?

11:46 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems without exception that all the as-once-was-pictures depict far more interestingly visual images than the as-now equivalent. So much for town planners and their system - they [and the highway engineers] should be hanging their heeds in shame. The Jarvis Marina Resort hotel takes the biscuit - what an appallingly dull lifeless building on such an important spot.

[Well done on the site.]

3:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing that. I used to live in Ramsgate for two years as a child in the mid '50's. I lived in a house that to this day I believe was haunted. I went back many years later to check it out again, but it had been torn down. The address was 6 Meeting St. I came upon your site looking for any info about haunted houses in Ramsgate. There was an old church at the end of the street, that was still there when I went back, so I'd hoped the street might be mentioned. Do you know where else I could look for info? Thx in advance. j.c.

7:12 pm  
Blogger Vince R said...

Hi All - Just wanted to say thankyou for all your positive comments and questions. Sorry I haven't been able to reply to individual questions as yet, but will try to do so as soon as I get some time!
Stay tuned, as there are more updates to the site pending! ;-)

4:14 pm  
Blogger nick said...

What an interesting site. We moved to Ramsgate in 1957 when I went to school at Westcliff Convent in St Mildred's Road, then to the Grange, the Junior School of St Augustine's then to Assumption House in Goodwin Road and then to St Augustines Abbey School. A treat after school on Saturday was either a visit to the Model Village or a ginger beer in the garden of the Belle Vue at Pegwell overlooking the Bay. We lived in London Road and later my grandparents bought 34 St Mildreds Avenue from Mrs Grummant, her late husband being the well known local builder. What a lovely house and very well planned and built, as one might expect.

9:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello i am looking for information ,to do with the sir name attack william j attack . i think they owened the music hall in ramsgate .
william j attack was my gg grandad .would love to hear from any one
thankyou kim

10:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello i am looking for information ,to do with the sir name attack william j attack . i think they owened the music hall in ramsgate .
william j attack was my gg grandad .would love to hear from any one
thankyou kim

10:41 pm  
Blogger ramsgate48 said...

I went to St.Augustines Abbey School in 1959-1961,approx.I see the old school is no longer there and the playing fields are gone.I think Fr.Bernard was the headmaster back then.Anyone else remember the school?

10:53 pm  
Blogger ramsgate48 said...

I went to St.Augustines Abbey School in 1959-1961,approx.I see the old school is no longer there and the playing fields are gone.I think Fr.Bernard was the headmaster back then.Anyone else remember the school?

10:54 pm  
Anonymous David M Parry said...

I went to St Austines in the mid 1950s, headmaster was FR David Parry, later the Rev Abbott. He was followed by Fr Bernaed Waldron. Coincidently the student at the next desk was a Bernard Waldron and my name is David Parry

2:22 am  
Blogger Tony said...

We spent family holidays at Ramsgate from about 1964 to about 1975 I have lots of good memories. My father in Laws family apparently imported ice from Scandinavia and was landed and stored in the harbour area. Does anyone have info about this?

5:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at school at Assumption House between 1967 and 1971. The headmaster at the time was Fr Ambrose and later Mr Edwards and Mr Ewer. I remember Frs Norbert, Paul, Columba and Dominic. Other members of staff were the matron, Miss Mulrennan, Miss Leahy, Miss Fox, Mr Cullen and Mr Pegorari. Great memories.

6:22 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also have very fond memories of my time at the Assumption House between around 1965 and 1969. As well as the headmaster Fr. Ambrose, Frs. Dominic and Norbert, I remember Mr. Cullen, who lived at the lodge and taught English and games, Miss Leahy, who taught French, Mr. Pegorari, the Maths and science teacher and the school matron. Miss Leahy used to allow us to watch an adventure serial in French on the school TV, as well as a programme for schools called 'Bonjour', but on occasions we were denied this treat as a punishment! We were allowed to have large photos of the 1967 FA Cup Final teams, Spurs and Chelsea, on the wall of our classroom. I distinctly recall one day when Mr. Cullen asked for suggestions of difficult words to spell, and I put my hand up and said "lieutenant". He was so sure that I wouldn't be able to spell the word that he offered to give the whole class a chocolate if I spelt it correctly. He was amazed that I knew the correct spelling, and was as good as his word, handing round a tin of Quality Street! After all these years, I can finally own up and admit that I had seen the word on the back of a bubble gum card about General, formerly lieutenant, George Armstrong Custer, but of course if I had admitted this at the time, I'd have lost all the brownie points I had earned by knowing how to spell the word! At break times, we used to play football with a tennis ball on the concrete area behind our classroom. If it was wet when we were due to play games, we would go for a walk in pairs in a long train down towards Pegwell, and we were allowed to stop at a tiny sweet shop, as long as we shared our sweets with those who didn't have any. Some evenings, Mr. Pegorari would drive us in the school minibus, a blue, Commer, to Pegwell Bay for us to collect samples from the sand for biology. "Look out for quicksand, and come back when I flash the headlights!" What great memories from such a long time ago!

1:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for such an excellent blog! Any info, photos or memories of the Assumption House in Goodwin Road would be very welcome indeed. Also, can anyone please remind me of the name of those dramatic rocky gardens which were visible as you drove down a winding, steep hill to the harbour area?

9:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madeira Walk. I, too, was at Assumption House as a boarder and day boy.I used to vist in the early 70's when there was just one monk living there as caretaker.
I returned, also, halfway through the demolition of the school and found something very interesting in the rubble of the library.

8:01 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for that reminder, Anonymous. Now I'm deeply intrigued to know what it was that you found! I remember the library so clearly, the entrance door was almost opposite my classroom. Went back to Ramsgate many years ago, and I was so sorry to see that all that remained was the lodge, the gateway and the perimeter wall. What a shame that such an imposing building was demolished to make way for a housing development.

7:47 pm  
Blogger xx said...

Hi, my name is Elisa and my friend and i are going to ramsgate on january for an exchange program and we'd like to ask you for some advice. We'd like to know how is the city, where can we go and what can we do. So this is our e-mails (renata_g_mendes@hotmail.com / elisatre@hotmail.com) and if you could send us some information about the place we'd aprecciate.
thanks !

4:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, re the bank....Yes, it was a NatWest Bank. NatWest came about by the merger of the National Provicial and The Westminster Bank to make the National (Provincial) Westminster (Westminster Bank)

2:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ramsgate48, my mother worked at St Augustines School, and yes it was Father Bernard. I did meet him once. Although the school has gone, it is now part of St Ancells in Westgate

3:03 am  
Blogger steph said...

Hi i use to live in a house called fern cottage in the sixties,in meeting street, I was wondering if anyone had any information on that area.

9:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father was stationed in sandwich during the war with the army, an experienced train driver.
He loved it so much so
we used to go to ramsagte for our holidays i was about 10 years old when we first stayed. It was nice for him to visit and relive memories.
We stayed b&b down crescent road, later years we hired a flat in albert rd. i remember we stayed with a family called weaver,can't remember the other names with whom we stayed over time.
As i got older i loved to go to neros night club.
Looking at these photos brings back happy memories of childhood vacations.
I returned to ramsgate a couple of years ago after a long break it was lovely to be walking the turf and relive memories ramsgate is held with affection in my heart.
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9:55 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can anyone tell me about the little train that went through the cliffs was it near dumpton park.
i have vague memories

10:00 pm  
Blogger David Milton said...

I used to holiday in Ramsgate in the 50s & early 60s. We used to stay at the pier view hotel in Rose Hill owned by the Fletchers, it's since been converted to appartments. My memories are of the Red housecafe merry England amusements. There was a carnival in the harbour. Had some wonderful holidays.

6:05 pm  
Blogger David Milton said...

I used to holiday in Ramsgate in the 50s & early 60s. We used to stay at the pier view hotel in Rose Hill owned by the Fletchers, it's since been converted to appartments. My memories are of the Red housecafe merry England amusements. There was a carnival in the harbour. Had some wonderful holidays.

6:06 pm  
Blogger Narrow Ridge said...

I was at Assumption House in l952 as a little girl. Do you have any old pictures of the then Convent inside its walls? The chapel, the cloisters and so on? Also would love to find out what happened to my favorite nun Mother Angela, who was always so good to me - she would be about 85 now. Full name Mother Angela Eugenie I do believe ... thank you. Angela Richardson

1:44 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Angela

I was a boarder at Assumption House in the early 60s when the Benedictine monks from St Augustines Abbey owned it. I have a booklet of photographs of various views both inside and outside the school that the nuns produced as part of their school prospectus. I know I have it on my shelves somewhere. I could scan them to you if you like?

8:33 pm  

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