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Broadstairs was originally known as Bradstowe and a broad lane down to the seashore is said to have been defended by a portcullis as was Kingsgate just around the coast. The cliffs and other seafront areas are meant to be riddled with caves and tunnels used by smugglers ..

The Parish Church of Holy Trinity stands on the top of the cliffs slightly back into the Town. It's records seem to date from 1850.

Like the other towns around this part of the coast, Broadstairs came to prominence when the Victorians, Dickens amongst them, started their love affair with seaside holidays.

Prior to this, Broadstairs would have been nothing more than a small fishing village where,they would have caught large quantities of the excellent local plaice. When the Town was still known as Bradstowe, there was a holy shrine of the Virgin here.


Up on the hill overlooking The North Foreland and Viking Bay stands Bleak House which was formerly know as Fort House for obvious reasons. As you look at the picture, the upstairs window on the extreme right of the building, is the study in which Charles Dickens use to write when he was in residence at Broadstairs. It was at his desk in this room where he finished his book David Copperfield.

Immediately below the house and facing the habour, you will see a building with a rounded arch over the door which is the "pub", The Tartar Frigate. It was in this inn that Dickens would chat with the local "fishermen" and smoke a pipe of tobacco.

Slightly up the hill to the left of the Tartar Frigate has to be one of the smallest cinemas in England. Obviously, not as old as some of its surroundings, it has some older features such as curtains that are still opened on chains and the whole establishment is family run.

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