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Cliftonville (Kent)

Cliftonville shown within Kent
Population 12,900 (2005)[1]
OS grid reference TR369709
District Thanet
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Margate
Postcode district CT9
Dialling code 01843
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
European Parliament South East England
UK Parliament North Thanet
List of places: UKEnglandKent

Coordinates: 51°23'17?N 1°24'17?E? / ?51.3881, 1.4046

Cliftonville is a coastal area of the town of Margate, situated to the east of the main town. It also contains the area known as Palm Bay.

The original Palm Bay estate was built in the 1930s as a number of large, wide avenues with detached and semi-detached houses with driveways, garages and gardens. This land was sold by Mr Sidney Simon Van Den Bergh to the Palm Bay Estate Co on 23 June 1924. Such avenues include Gloucester Avenue and Leicester Avenue. This area still remains one of the most desirable places to live in Cliftonville.

The more modern Palm Bay housing estate is to the east and was fields when the first was built. It is a Wimpy style housing estate with small houses identical in appearance and of less substantial build quality that the original 1930's estate. This is still a desirable place to live.

West Cliftonville is a less affluent area with many flats and bedsits. Thanet Council has recognised this and is offering grants to improve housing quality (2006) and restricting planning permission for one bedroom flats (2007).

Cliftonville is the home of the East Kent homeless charity, the Scrine Foundation.

There is a large shopping street called Northdown Road which unfortunately is on the decline with out-of-town shopping becoming more popular. In 2007 there were still several banks and two Post Offices on Northdown Road. There is a small supermarket, a petrol station and several pubs and churches along the two mile length of Northdown Road, amongst other smaller shops and cafes.

Cliftonville also has an indoor bowling rink, tennis courts, a crazy golf course, a pitch and putt course, and a club based on an old Lido (sold for development in 2006) which hosts regular rock music events where many notable bands have played in their earlier careers. There are two nightclubs - Franks and The Caprice.

During the first half of the Twentieth Century Cliftonville was considered the fashionable hotel quarter of Margate. It was during the Autumn of 1921 that T. S. Eliot spent a period of convalescence at The Albermarle Hotel, Cliftonville. Each day he took the short tram ride into Margate where he sat in a shelter overlooking Margate Sands. Here he found inspiration for, and wrote significant sections of The Waste Land.

The spirit of early Twentieth Century Cliftonville was caught by John Betjeman in his poem Margate 1940.

Links: The Cliftonville Chronicle

[edit] References

  1. , 2005 Ward Level Population Estimates. Kent County Council (September 2006). Retrieved on 2007-08-20.

(Source: Wikipedia)
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