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OS co-ordinates: TR380684
Parish Church: Broadstairs
Registers commence: 1850
Broadstairs Methodist Church
Monday - St. Nicholas at Wade
Wednesday - Ramsgate
Thursday - Sarre
Friday - Minster
Saturday - Monkton, Margate &
Palm Monday - Minster
30 May - Acol
13 July - Minster
22 July - Monkton
10 Aug - St. Lawrence
8 Sep - St. Nicholas at Wade
14 Oct - Sarre
Newspapers: weekly at Ramsgate
Electoral Place: Ramsgate
Petty Sessions and County Courts -
Margate and Ramsgate
Jails: at St. Clement's, Sandwich
Royal National at Westgate
Post office under Ramsgate
money order office
coast guard station
Registration District: Thanet
Poor Law Union: Thanet 1835-1930
Workhouse: Minster, Thanet Diocese: Canterbury
pre-1859 - Archdeaconry Court
post-1858 - Principal Probate Registry
Lathe: St. Augustine
Parishes within 6 mile radius:
Acol, Ash (Sandwich), Birchington Chislet, Elmstone, Margate, Minster in Thanet, Monkton, Preston (Ash and Wingham), Ramsgate, Reculver, Sandwich (Sts Clement, Mary and Peter), Sarre, St Nicholas at Wade, Stonar, Stourmouth, Thanet St Lawrence, Thanet St. Peter
Broadstairs, a village and a chapelry in St. Peter's parish, Thanet, Kent. The village stands on the coast, adjacent to the Kent Coast railway, 2-1/2 miles north-by-east of Ramsgate.
It is an ancient place; was the scene of a fierce battle, in 853, between the Saxons and the Danes; had extensive fortifications, pierced by a sea-gate, with a portal arch, some part of which remains; took its name from the "broad stairs" which led up from the sea-gate; possessed, a little above the fortifications, a Lady chapel, of so high repute that ships lowered their top sails in going past it; and sent, about the middle of last century, a number of vessels to the cod fisheries of Iceland and the Northern seas. Its old pier was swept away by a storm in 1808; and its present pier is a rough, picturesque, timber structure. The village is now frequented as a bathing place; has good accommodations and a firm sandy beach; and commands splendid views. It is also a coast guard station.
The chapelry includes the village, extends into the country, and was constituted in 1850. Rated property in 1859 was £4,628. Population in 1861, 1,378. Houses, 300. The property is much subdivided.
Old coins have been found in the cliffs; and a spermaceti whale, 61 feet long, came ashore in 1762.
The North Foreland is a prominent feature; and North Town hill is the highest ground in Thanet. Water works were constructed in 1859.
The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value £260. Patron, the Vicar of Broadstairs. The church was built in 1828; and has a tower added in 1852.
A Baptist chapel includes a portion of the old Lady chapel. There is also a Wesleyan chapel.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales. (London, England: A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).
2Edward Hasted, ed. and comp. The town and parish of Thanet Broadstairs: Town and manors, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 260-307.
3William Page, 1861-1934, ed. The Victoria County History of Kent, vol. 3, p. 359.(London, England: The St. Catherine Press, Stamford Street, Waterloo, S.E., 1932).
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