Isle of Thanet Kelly's Directory 1936

Westgate & Birchington


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Westgate on Sea

Is about two miles west of Margate on the Southern Railway from Victoria. It possesses a good gas and water supply and drainage. The Church of St Saviour, Westgate on Sea is a modern and well proportioned building at the wets end of the town. the living is a vicarage net yearly value £534 with residence. It is in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury and has been held since 1931 by the Rev. Norman L Lycett of Lichfield Theological College. Christ Church (Congregational) is a Gothic building with a tower in Westgate Bay Avenue. The Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Sacred Heart is in the Canterbury Road. A stretch of sea wall with promenade on top extends round the two bays in which the town is built, while above that on the eastern side are laid out some gardens, which are sheltered from the easterly winds. The sea walls and gardens suffered terribly during the gale of November 1897, being almost wholly destroyed, but they were rebuilt. There is a lawn tennis and cricket club with a ground in Canterbury Road. Westgate on Sea and Birchington Golf Club has an 18 hole course on the sea front in Westgate Bay; entrance fee: ladies £1 1s 0d; gentlemen £2 2s 0d; annual subscriptions: ladies £3 3s 0d; gentlemen £4 4s 0d; (country members) ladies £2 2s0d; gentlemen £3 3s 0d and £1 1s 0d subscription; there are 250 members; A.I.Read hon sec; visitors are admitted on payment of green fees. The Westgate Working Men's Club and Institute is in Canterbury Road; and the County Club in Westgate Bay Avenue was formed in 1896. The Westgate on Sea Club is in Ethelbert Square and is open to visitors.

In Beach Road are the St Mildred's Baths where there is a swimming bath 70 feet long holding 60,000 gallons of tepid sea water.

Good fresh water fishing can be obtained at Grove Ferry about 8 miles distant.

A service of motor cars ply between the Station Hotel and the Jetty at Margate;  and a service of motor coaches ply between Westgate and London and a ten minutes service of motor omnibuses run between The Harbour Margate; The G.P.O; St Mildred's Road Westgate and The Square Birchington.

St Michaels Home for Men  and Women, the Convalescent Home of the London Diocesan Deaconess Institution is situated here.

The population of Westgate in 1931 was 4,556.

Under the County of Kent Review Order 1935 this parish was transferred to the Borough of Margate.


Stands on high ground close to the sea, about 3½ miles west of Margate. A service of motor coaches and omnibuses run to and from Margate, also to Canterbury, Faversham and Maidstone. The Parish Church of All Saints in the centre of the village is an ancient structure containing several good brasses and monumental tablets; its registers are among the oldest in Thanet, are in good preservation. The three chapels are of the 12th century and the nave of the 13th. The Rosetti window and tomb are objects of interest. The living is a vicarage with St Mildred's, Acol, attached, net yearly value £261, with residence. It is in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury and has been held since 1935 by Rev Nevill M G Sharp M.A. of Selwyn College Cambridge. The Church of St Thomas in Minnis Road was completed in 1933 and wills eat 200 persons. The  Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Benedict is in Minnis Road. There is also a Methodist Church. The Congregational Church is in Ethelbert Road, Minnis Bay. The parish is included in the Cinque Ports liberty of Dover. The population in 1931 was 3,756; area 1,674 acres of land, 1 of water and 312 of foreshore.

Under the County of Kent Review Order 1935 part of this parish was transferred to the Borough of Margate.

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