Westgate On Sea
Nostalgia is just waiting round the corner at Westgate. Many of the delightful properties in this lovely seaside resort were built around St Mildred’s Bay (named after Mildrith Thanet’s patron saint and the original of Minster Abbey) and the large West Bay during the 1860s, once a stunning lower promenade had been constructed.
by 1884 most of the resort belonged to Coutts Bank as the original owners had gone bankrupt. Nevertheless, in the 1920s the resort became increasingly popular as a holiday home haven for Londoners and other city dwellers.
In its heyday of the 1950s and 1960s the resort was enjoyed by a vast array of weekenders and holidaymakers who preferred the quieter seaside delights of Westgate, rather than the more ebullient entertainment offered by its neighbour, Margate. The legacy is a vast array of attractive and elegant Victorian, Edwardian and 1930s seaside villas with great character and interesting features.
In 1904 a group of Ursuline nuns fled from France as they were banned from teaching and set up a convent school in Westgate. This is now the Ursuline College.
The ambience of Westgate seafront has hardly changed in the past sixty years only the arrival of elegant apartments, the spoons in the ice cream tubs changing from wood to plastic and the Westgate Pavilion no longer enjoying Frank Muir and Denis Norden as regular incumbents, show the passage of time. Most other things seem the same and still offer the best that any coastal resort with a sandy beach can provide. From deck chairs to golf and the three-screen Carlton cinema to the one ‘nod’ to the 21st century a skate park.
The charming parade of shops provides for daily necessities as well as more unusual antiques and intriguing furnishings not forgetting a sale and hire shop where you can obtain everything you need for your wedding.