Place:Margate, Kent, England

Alt namesMargate By The Seasource: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)
Mergatesource: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)
Cliftonvillesource: settlement in parish
Garlingesource: settlement in parish
Palm Baysource: settlement in parish
Westbrooksource: settlement in parish
TypeTown, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.383°N 1.383°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoRingslow Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Thanet District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Margate is a seaside town in the District of Thanet in the northeast of Kent, England. It lies northeast of Canterbury, on the coast along the North Foreland, and contains the areas of Garlinge, Cliftonville, Palm Bay and Westbrook. (All these settlements are redirected here.) The parish church is Margate St. John the Baptist which was located in another suburb of Margate called Northdown (redirected to Margate St. John the Baptist).

Margate was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1857. In 1935 it was greatly expanded by absorbing not only the villages above but Birchington and Westgate on Sea as well. The municipal borough status was abolished in 1974, since which date Margate has been part of the Thanet District of Kent.

The Thanet District was so named after the former island where it is located. What is now the large promontory stretching into the North Sea from the Thames Estuary was once detached from the mainland but the main channel separating it silted up to a point where navigation was impossible sometime in the 18th century. Margate is the principal urban settlement on the former Isle of Thanet and had a population of 61,223 in the UK census of 2011.


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Garlinge is a village in the suburbs of Margate in Kent, England, situated 2 km southwest of the centre of the town. Since 1974 it has been in the Thanet local government district. At the 2011 UK census, the Garlinge electoral ward had a population of 4,849.

Garlinge was made a civil parish in 1894 and was located in the Isle of Thanet Rural District. It absorbed parts of the parishes of St. Peter Extra and Northdown (both to the south of Garlinge) when they were abolished in 1913-1914, but in 1935 the parish was absorbed into Margate municipal borough.


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Cliftonville is a coastal area of the town of Margate, situated to the east of the main town. It is basically known as a tourist area in the first half of the 20th century. There are three neighbourhoods: East Cliftonville and West Cliftonville and Palm Bay. See Wikipedia for more information.


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Westbrook is a Victorian seaside resort on the Thanet peninsula in the southeast corner of England. It is part of the ribbon development of the north Kent coast between Westgate-on-Sea to the west and Margate to the east.

Research Tips

  • Kent County Council Archive, Local Studies and Museums Service. James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LQ. This incorporates the Centre for Kentish Studies in Maidstone and the East Kent Archives Centre near Dover.
  • Canterbury Cathedral Archives see the Archives web pages on the Canterbury Catherdral site.
  • For information on the area around the Medway Towns, have a look at Medway Council's CityArk site.
  • Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Kent illustrates the parish boundaries of Kent when rural districts were still in existence and before Greater London came into being. The map publication year is 1931. An earlier map of 1900 may also be useful. The maps blow up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. Maps in this series are now downloadable for personal use.
  • Census records for Kent are available on FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast. The first site is free; the other two are pay sites but have access to microfilmed images. Steve Archer produced a very useful round-up of the available sources, but this information may not be up to date.
  • Registration Districts in Kent for the period 1837 to the present. By drilling down through the links you can follow any parish through the registration districts to which it was attached.
  • England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911 The full database from Kent Archives Office, Maidstone, has been available online from FamilySearch since June 2016.
  • Kent had five family history societies (now only four):
  • Volume 2 of the Victoria County History of Kent (published 1926) is available online through the auspices of British History Online. It includes accounts of the early history of Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals, and of several sites now within the conurbation of London.
  • Volume 3 of the Victoria County History of Kent (published 1932) This includes the text of, and the index to, the Kent Domesday survey. It has been provided by the Kent Archaeological Society.
  • In place of the other volumes of the Victoria County History, British History Online has transcriptions of the numerous volumes of The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent by Edward Hasted (originally published 1797)
  • English Jurisdictions 1851, a parish finding aid provided by FamilySearch, is particularly helpful in locating parishes in large ancient towns and cities like Canterbury.
  • Kent Probate Records Numerous links provided by Maureen Rawson
  • GENUKI lists other possible sources, however, it does not serve Kent so well as it does some other counties.
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