Wednesday 26 May 2010

Tuesday 25 May 2010

Margate Monsters Illustration

Found this great illustration by Daisy Emily Warne of Margate's most famous buildings on the lovely illustration blog site: Jam, Cake, Book...Sponge

Saturday 22 May 2010

Events: Tom Thumb Theatre Presents Family Week

Our favourite teeny tiny bijou theatre, The Tom Thumb Theatre in Cliftonville presents Family Week.

A week of family friendly events over the SUMMER HALF TERM (31st May - 6th June)


Sunday 6 June 4pm, £4/£2 (Family Ticket £10)

Plus Daily Drama Workshops!

Monday 31st May-Wednesday 2nd June, 10-4pm: Daily drama workshops for Under 11s culminating in a performance on the Tom Thumb stage Wednesday at 4pm. £20 per child per day. Please bring packed lunch. Some free places available.

Thursday 3rd June-Saturday 5th June, 10-4pm:Daily drama workshops for Over 11sculminating in a performance on the Tom Thumb stage Saturday at 4pm. £20 per child per day. Please bring packed lunch. Some free places available.

The workshops will be conducted by our team of professional actors/ drama practitioners and storytellers.

Tom Thumb will be presenting an event on Sunday June 6th to celebrate Family Week. There is a possibility that the children who participate in Drama Week could be involved in this event and these plans are in their infancy.


call: 01843 221 791


Tom Thumb Theatre, 2A Eastern Esplanade, Margate, CT9 2LB

For sale: 6-8 Duke Street

Image from the listing on Images of England.

At the same auction as Royal York Mansions on the 27th of May at Allsops, there is also a couple of flats at 6-8 Duke Street in Margate's Old Town. The building is Georgian and Grade II Listed. Again what seems like a crazy guide price of £30k-£40k.

For sale: 6 flats in Royal York Mansions

There have been some really beautiful properties recently sold at auctions in Margate, such as the Charlotte Centre on St John's Road going for £135k and The Cottage restaurant on the lower High Street for £90k. Which goes to show how under valued quality architecture is here when compared to the price of new build and especially when it is flats. There are a surplus of flats in Margate and Cliftonville. If these flats are not lived in by people who want to live in that location they're not seen as different to any of the other one or two bed flats in the area.

There is a mood in the air at the moment that something is happening. Obviously, the Turner Contemporary now standing in place and awaiting it's cladding has done a lot to change perception. Opportunities are here for a short space of time to buy something beautiful I think.

I was so surprised to hear that 6 flats and the freehold are going in Royal York Mansions on The Parade, slap bang over looking the harbour and now the Turner gallery and a couple of years after a major refurb and brand new roof. We looked at Royal York Mansions when we first thought of moving to Margate, but the owner appeared to not really be selling. These are now up through repossession. It's one of my absolute favourite buildings and has what I consider to be the finest original flats in the area. Many are split level with original period features or vaulted ceilings, staircases, fireplaces. And of course a view to die for. They're on at Allsops on May 27th with a guide price of £40k-£50k. Unbelievable.

It has a 199 year lease from 2005. Has stain glass windows in the communal areas complete with original sliding iron gated lift. Building has a brand new lead clad roof. The view of Margate harbour and main sands from this building is just stunning.