Margate became a limb of the Cinque Port of Dover in 1229, but its first harbour wasn't built until 1320. The Spanish Armada originally intended to land at Margate, to begin the conquest of England. Luckily they were defeated in the English Channel.
Sunset over Margate Harbour
|The sailing hoys, regularly plying their trade between Margate and London
with their cargoes of vegetables, barley and fish, made Margate into one of the first
seaside resorts. The privileged classes of the day adored Margate for its safe stretches
of sand, temperate climate and close proximity to London. It used to take up to ten hours
to reach Margate from London in a sailing hoy. Today's excellent road and rail links cut
that time to under two hours.
Margate remains one of the country's premier seaside resorts, whether for an action-packed holiday, weekend break, or a fun day-out, Margate's traditional appeal is hard to beat.
See also: www.margate.org.uk
© The Confederation of the Cinque Ports (2011)