Westgate Heritage Centre, Westgate on Sea, Thanet, Kent
Westgate Heritage Centre, Westgate on Sea, Thanet, Kent

Past Events



Saturday 8th October 2016 10.30am

The first Freeman of the town of Westgate-on-Sea

A chance to see a recording of the ceremony appointing Westgate's first Freeman of the Town, Dr Dawn Crouch

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Wednesday 12th October 2016 10.00am

Pop-in Wednesday

Until 1.00pm

Saturday 5th November 2016 10.30am

Sir WM Quiller Orchardson RA 1832-1910

Illustrated talk including readings from his daughter's book about life with her father, a well-known portrait painter, and the friendship of the Moxons, their in-laws, when they lived in Sea Road.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Sir William Quiller Orchardson RA of Sea Road : His Life and Art

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Wednesday 9th November 2016 10.00am

Pop-in Wednesday

Until 1.00pm

Saturday 3rd December 2016 10.30am

Kent and Kingsley Wood 1925-1943

Guest speakers Hugh Gault, Kingsley Wood's biographer and Jane Gallagher Senior Special Collections Assistant at the University of Kent, will tell us about Kingsley Wood, who was MP for Woolwich, Chancellor of the Exchequer and citizen of Kent. He was MP for Woolwich West from 1918 to his death as Chancellor of the Exchequer in September 1943. He worked alongside Churchill, Chamberlain, Baldwin and Lloyd George, amongst many others. Wood had a house in Westgate-on-Sea during the 1920s.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Kent and Kingsley Wood 1925-1943

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Wednesday 7th December 2016 10.00am

Pop-in Wednesday

Until 1.00pm

Saturday 7th January 2017 10.30am

The Story of Another Post Card

Back by popular demand: Graham & Brenda Field will show how the back of a postcard and painstaking research can often reveal a fascinating story: about a Westgate School for Young Ladies.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Wednesday 11th January 2017 10.00am

Pop-in Wednesday

Until 1.00pm

Saturday 4th February 2017 10.30am

Sea Road, A Pictorial Journey - Part II

The journey continues along Sea Road, starting on the corner of St Mildred's Road heading west. We take a look at the houses and find out about the people who lived there.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Wednesday 8th February 2017 10.00am

Pop-in Wednesday

Until 1.00pm

Saturday 4th March 2017 10.30am

Heritage Centre's 4th AGM

Progress of the Centre over the previous year, including reports by the Management Committee officers. Followed by a short talk on The Town Hall Buildings by Dr Dawn Crouch.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Wednesday 8th March 2017 10.00am

Pop-in Wednesday

Until 1.00pm

Saturday 1st April 2017 10.30am

Westgate-on-Sea in the 1950's

Illustrated talk by Sally Whitworth, newsletter Editor

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Wednesday 5th April 2017 10.00am

Pop-in Wednesday

Until 1.00pm

Saturday 6th May 2017 10.30am

William Bennett Rogers, Danehurst in Sea Road

An Illustrated talk about a house and the man who built it. William Rogers, auctioneer, valuer and trusted agent of Coutts’ Bank had a huge influence on the development of Westgate-on-Sea.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 3rd June 2017 10.30am

A further walk along Sea Road

An illustrated talk on more of Sea Road houses of special interest.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Wednesday 21st June 2017 7.30pm

Letters from Victorian Westgate

You are Invited to join us for a social & fund raising event

Early Westgatonians were great letter writers - to the press - to the authorities - to each other. Come and hear some of them, read by members of the Westgate Heritage Centre.

- Part 1: Letters from the times of Victoria, Edward 7th and between the wars
- Interval with refreshments
- Part 2: Letters from the front line in the Great War 1914-1918 and from the Home Front in the Second World War 1939-1945.

£5 per head including refreshments of wine, beverages and savoury nibbles

Letters from Victorian Westgate

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Saturday 1st July 2017 10.30am

A Westgate Artist

An illustrated talk on the life and work of Louis Wain who became famous as 'The Cat Artist'.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 5th August 2017 10.30am

Westgate-on-Sea in August 1917

A talk based on original archives on how the town was coping on the Home Front after three years of war.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 2nd September 2017 10.30am

Childhood memories of the chalk cliffs and stacks around West Bay

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 7th October 2017 10.30am

Roxburgh Road

An illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch. Roxburgh Road is the earliest of Westgate’s residential roads. Its history shows how carefully the new “Estate” was planned. New material has recently come to hand.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 4th November 2017 10.30am

The History of Westgate Bay

An illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch on the history of the bay from which the new “Estate” and “Watering-Place” took its name.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 2nd December 2017 10.30am

Christmas and New Year in Westgate-on-Sea

An illustrated talk by Sally Whitworth on the Festive Season in Westgate-on-Sea.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 6th January 2018 10.30am

Westgate-on-Sea - Our Favourites

A special look at any of our members’ favourite memories, requests, views, recollections, or anything loved about Westgate-on-Sea. An illustrated talk - hosted by Sally Whitworth.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 3rd February 2018 10.30am

The Story of Two, Or Maybe Three, Wills - Part I

Sally Whitworth and Dawn Crouch have been studying three wills that have vital information about early Westgate and have become hooked! They would like to share their findings with you.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 24th February 2018 10.30am

100 miles - 100 years Kent in World War 1

Join us to help launch the Westgate-on-Sea Trail. See News page for details.

Saturday 7th April 2018 10.30am

The History of Westgate-on-Sea in Five objects

A talk by Dawn Crouch. Note, this is a change to our advertised talk, which will take place at a later date.

Will also include the Heritage Centre's Fifth AGM, postponed from March.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 5th May 2018 10.30am

'A Rolling Kentish Stone' – the story of one resident of Roxburgh Road

An illustrated talk by Dr Graham Field

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 2nd June 2018 10.30am

'The Story of Three Wills' Part 3

An illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch. The death of the childless Edward Taddy in 1835 made available much coveted land in Thanet, which would affect the development of the area, including the future Westgate-on-Sea.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 7th July 2018 10.30am

'Freddie Lonsdale, playwright and London Theatre Manager'

An illustrated talk by Heritage Centre member Pat Orpwood. Freddie Lonsdale had important links with Westgate-on-Sea

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Saturday 4th August 2018 10.30am

'100 years of a Westgate Family'

at The Swan, Sea Road

An illustrated talk by Heritage Centre member Colin Osborne. Colin’s family have been associated with Westgate since 1916 and its story is a fascinating vignette of the town’s story.

The function room at The Swan will open at 10.00 am and the talk will start at 10.30 am. Refreshments will be available to purchase from the Swan.

Saturday 1st September 2018 10.30am

Dr Edith Summerskill M.P.

in the Function Room of The Swan, 75 Sea Road

An illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch.

This talk is related to the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave some women in Britain the vote for the first time.

Edith Summerskill’s father, Dr William Summerskill, came to Westgate in 1909 and became known as “The Shilling Doctor”, as his charges, in those pre-NHS days, were much lower than those of other Westgate doctors.

Their home was at Beach Houses in St Mildred’s Bay (formerly the Beach House Hotel) and he had a surgery in the Canterbury Road His children, including Edith, attended St Saviour’ School from 1909-1912, a fact proudly recorded in the School Log Book on April 8th 1938, when she became M.P. for the Constituency of Fulham West.

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St Saviour’s School Log Book

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Beach House Hotel, which became Beach Houses

The function room at The Swan will open at 10.00 am and the talk will start at 10.30 am. Refreshments will be available to purchase from the Swan.

Saturday 15th September 2018 12.00pm

Heritage Open Day

Westgate Heritage Centre will be holding a Heritage Open Day event on Saturday 15th September in The Town Hall Building.

The theme for this year, in collaboration with National Heritage, will be Extraordinary Women and their roles in WW1.

Discover Westgate-on-Sea’s significant involvement during this time and all who gave themselves to support the front lines in many varied ways.

A chance to see a display of many articles and photographs which have been kindly donated or collected over the years, will be available for many to see and self-guided walks around the town to highlight some of the buildings which were utilised or constructed for a specific purpose.

Talks and slideshows will be held by Dr Dawn Crouch, Historian and Curator, supported by fellow members during the day.

Free entry event. Doors open at 12pm until 4pm.

Saturday 3rd September 2016

The Story of Christ Church's Clock

Dr Dawn Crouch will give an illustrated talk on the recently discovered history of the clock that adorns Christ Church in Westgate Bay Avenue

8th to the 20th August 2016

Honouring The Men Of The Somme

As part of the national commemoration of the Somme, the Westgate-on-Sea Heritage Centre is holding an exhibition to honour the twelve men from Westgate who lost their lives in the Battle.

St Saviour's will be open 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm on Fridays and 10 am to 12 noon on Saturdays. All are welcome to come along.

Westgate residents were invited to "Make a Poppy for the Somme" and you can see that there was a good response. Amongst those making them were the Westgate Rainbows and the residents of Norfolk House. The display remembered the 12 Westgate men who fell during the 141 days of the Battle, including 3 who died on the first day.

Honouring The Men Of The Somme, Westgate-on-Sea

 

Honouring The Men Of The Somme, Westgate-on-Sea

Saturday 2nd July 2016

The Mitfords in Westgate -1880-1890

Illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch and Mrs Anne Short on Exbury, the house in Sea Road, and the family for whom it was built. A.B. Mitford, the first owner, was the grandfather of the "Mitford Girls"

Saturday 4th June 2016

Celebrating 130 years Part 2

St Saviour's CE School 1945-1995* A morning of memories of the last 50 years in the "old school" building, led by Dr Dawn Crouch, who was a Governor 1988-2000. * The new building opened in 1995

Wednesday 18th May at 7.30 pm at St Saviour's Church

Westgate is no place for a Board School

A "Victorian Evening" of dramatised readings, based on original archives, around the controversy that arose over the proposal to build a church school This is a social and fund-raising event. Tickets £5, include a glass of wine or other drink and light refreshments

Saturday 7th May 2016

Celebrating 130 years Part 1

An illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch, assisted by Mrs Anne Short, on St Saviour's C.E. School, Elm Grove, which opened in May 1886. The talk will draw heavily on the school archives.

Saturday 2nd April 2016

A Look Down Sea Road

An illustrated talk by the Heritage Centre Volunteers about the beautiful houses, past and present, in Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea.

Saturday 12th March 2016 (Second Saturday of the month)

The Heritage Centre's Third AGM followed by a talk on "The Bells of St Saviour's Church"

Dr Dawn Crouch will talk about the history of the bells on the 40th anniversary of their installation.

Saturday 6th February 2016

The Faversham Munitions Explosion April 2016

An illustrated talk by James Brazier on the tragedy of the Faversham Munitions Explosion, a hundred years ago.

Saturday 9th January 2016 (Second Saturday of the month)

A Local Family

Sally Whitworth shares her research in an illustrated talk on the Huckstep family of Garlinge and their connection to the very early days of Westgate-on-Sea. Perhaps if it was not for Emma Huckstep's link to this area, some of our earliest buildings may not have been built!

Saturday 5th December 2015

The Story of a Postcard

An illustrated talk by Dr Graham and Mrs Brenda Field.

Saturday 7th November 2015

Remembering the Fallen

The Heritage Centre remembers the men of Westgate who died in both World Wars. Those who died in 1945 will be especially remembered on this the 70th anniversary of the end of that war.

Wednesday 9th September 2015 at The Town Hall Buildings 7.30pm

Victory at Last

In the Function Room above the cinema. A celebration of the 70th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War on 15th August 1945 - Douglas Neve, assisted by his family, will present an illustrated account of how the nation and Westgate-on-Sea celebrated that event.

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Saturday 5th September 2015 at 10.30am

The end of an era – the influence of Sir William Ingram on Westgate-on-Sea

Illustrated talk by Dr Crouch. Sir William died 18th December 1924; Lady Ingram 8th October 1925. They had lived in Westgate-on-Sea for almost half a century and Sir William left his mark on the built environment of the town, most notably by building the Town Hall Buildings

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 1st August 2015 at 10.30am

Westgate-on-Sea in 1915

Dr Crouch will talk on how the first year of the Great War had affected the town.

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Wednesday 22nd July 2015 at The Knot, Beach Road, Westgate 7.30pm

An evening with James and Dawn

Dawn Crouch will tell the story of how Westgate-on-Sea came into being, by looking at the first development at St Mildred's Bay. James Brazier will provide some fascinating illustrations from his collection.

Further details to be announced.

Saturday 4th July 2015 at 10.30am

Why was Westgate-on-Sea created?

The first of two events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth in 1865 of the Westgate Estate, the future Westgate-on-Sea.

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 6th June 2015 at 10.30am

Thanks for the Memory

Commemorates events in Thanet in May/June of 1940. This event will be based entirely on the stories, told to Dr Crouch, of those living on the Island 75 years ago, especially those of the school children who were evacuated to Staffordshire on 2nd June 1940. It is hoped that some will be present and there will be an opportunity to meet them and talk to them over refreshments after the talk.

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 10.30am

Holidaying in Westgate-on-Sea 1884/5

Illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch, based on extracts from the diaries of Capt George Dawson, Assistant Governor of Borstal Prison, who visited Westgate-on-Sea with his wife and son in April 1884 and September 1885.

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 4th April 2015 at 10.30am

A Loss Of Identity?

On 1st April 1935, 80 years ago, the civil parish of Westgate-on-Sea became part of the Borough of Margate. What effect did it have on the town?

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 7th March 2015 at 10.30am

120 Years Of Service

A celebration of the work of the Westgate branch of the St John Ambulance Brigade; founded in 1895.

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 7th February 2015 at 10.30am

Westgate's Historic Post Boxes

Heritage Centre member Chris Wyer will give an illustrated talk on Westgate's post boxes.

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 3rd January 2015 at 10.30am

The Tower House, Canterbury Road

A short talk followed by a DVD on St Augustine's, compiled by Les Wake.

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 6th December 2014 at 10.30am

Sally and Dawn in Conversation

Sally Whitworth, Heritage Centre Newsletter Editor, talks to Dr Crouch about her research into the fascinating stories behind the Wellington House Boys’ school War Memorial Boards in St Saviour’s Church.

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 8th November 2014 at 10.30am

Extra Meeting

"REMEMBRANCETIDE" Honouring the Westgate fallen of 1914

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Saturday 1st November 2014 at 10.30am

70 Years Ago - Westgate in 1944

Plus there will be a special tribute to the men from Westgate-on-Sea, who took part in the liberation of Europe.

Refreshments available from 10.00am Tea/coffee & homemade scones/cake.

Wednesday 30th July 2014 7.30 pm

Guided Walk

Starting from St Mildred’s Bay and ending at West Bay. Guided, illustrated walk and talk, relating to the seaplane base, led by Marcus Russell. Buffet supper. Numbers limited.

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Saturday 5th July 2014 at 10.30 am

The role of the parish church

Based on St Saviour’s records.

Tuesday 10th June 2014 at The Knot, Beach Road, Westgate 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m

Sold out

Illustrated Talk by James Brazier on the seaplane base, followed by buffet supper. Ticket only. Numbers limited.

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Saturday 7th June 2014 at 10.30 am

The waterplanes come to Westgate

This talk will be based on the way in which the lives of the residents were affected by the presence of the RNAS in the town – come to hear the stories of Mrs Lamb and Mrs Griffiths, of Farmer Hedgecock and the young Bill Hambidge and how romance came to Westgate when an unprecedented number of weddings were conducted at St Saviour’s church.

Saturday 3rd May 2014 at 10.30 am

Westgate in The Summer of 1914

Saturday 5th April 2014 at 10.30am

What’s New?

As the meeting last August, when members talked about their discoveries, was such a success, members will again talk about what new they have discovered about Westgate’s people and built environment.

Saturday 1st March 2014 at 10.30am

1894 – A Parish Council for Westgate on Sea

At last Westgate on Sea really existed! What difference did it make?

Saturday 1st February 2014 at 10.30am

Financial scandal!

How the great bankruptcy of February 1884 affected Westgate for half a century, leaving it in the hands of the bankers.

Saturday 4th January 2014 at 10.30am

From Bandstand to Pavilion

“We cannot live on air alone” The opinion expressed by Lewis Haismer at the Public meeting of the Westgate Parish Council in 1922 summed up the ongoing controversy about Westgate and its entertainment – or lack of it!

Saturday 7th December at 10.30am

Hons and Royals

A look at some of Westgate’s blue-blooded visitors

Saturday 2nd November at 10.30am

From Alamein to Sicily - 70 years ago

We shall look at how the nation continued to face danger and privation and particularly at the story of the people of Thanet in 1943. We shall include stories of some of those who have special reason to remember that year. We would particularly welcome anyone who remembers the bombing of Holy Trinity Church in Margate

Also - the Heritage Centre will pay its annual tribute to the men of Westgate who fought and died in two World Wars.

Saturday 5th October 2013 at 10.30am

Grand Hotels

“Grand Hotels … had to stand out from surrounding buildings, not only in size but often in different materials. By 1890 every resort of consequence had at least one or two”. Sarah Howell, “The Seaside”, London 1974.

130 years ago, in 1883, Westgate’s two “grand hotels”, St Mildred’s and the Westcliff, were opened. This is their story.

Saturday 7th September 2013 at 10.30am

London, Chatham and Dover Railway

A talk celebrating the arrival of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway – without which there would have been no Westgate-on-Sea.

Saturday 3rd August 2013

Artifacts and Documents of Westgate

Come along to see some of the artifacts and documents the Centre has been given this year and hear what research members have been doing.

Saturday 6th July 2013

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE : Christ Church URC Hall in Westgate Bay Avenue

"Laying the Foundations"

2013 is the 130th anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stones of Christ Church Congregational Church (June) and St Saviour's C.E. Church (August) - two important events, which led to the creation of two very different communities.

Saturday 1st June 2013

"Lighting the Town" Part 2 - by Electricity

The Westgate Estate was famed for being in the vanguard of fashion. So, why did it have to wait so long to be lit by electric light? This talk will also include a "dramatic reading".

Saturday 4th May 2013

Lighting the Town Part 1 - By Gas

Gas was not usually an exciting subject, but for the Westgate Estate it meant rivalry, intrigue and even skullduggery. Come along and hear what happened. This talk will include a "dramatic reading" based on archive material in the House of Lords' Library and elsewhere. It should bring a smile to your face!

Saturday 6th April 2013

1883

A new look for a fashionable watering place?
What was the importance of the arrival in Westgate on Sea of the Revd John Hawtrey, founder of St Michael’s School?

Saturday 2nd March 2013

“Let’s walk along Sea Drive!”

(From the Ingleton (now the Swan) to the
Birchington border)
Sea Drive now part of Sea Road was an unmade road until 1903 when it was made up and opened with great ceremony.
Why then?

Sir William Ingram Bart

Saturday 2nd February 2013

A look at the life and character of this interesting man who left his mark on Westgate on Sea e.g. The Town Hall
(The Carlton Cinema)

Saturday 5th January 2013

St James’ Church Westgate

(Usually known now as St James’ Garlinge)
To commemorate its 140th anniversary we look at why its being built was regarded as an essential for the successful development of Westgate and Westbrook

“Out of sight and out of mind”

Saturday 1st December 2012

Focus on those who served the Estate – grooms, engine drivers and laundresses amongst others.

Tribute To The Fallen Heroes

Saturday 3rd November 2012

The Centre will make its annual tribute to Westgate’s Fallen Heroes with its display on those who fell in both World Wars

Talk: “70 years ago - 1942 – A Bleak Year for the Nation – and for Westgate”

“Westgate…a remarkable town. It is there in Thanet, but in many respects it is not OF Thanet”

Saturday October 6th 2012

An opinion of 1908, but what was it that made Westgate on Sea so remarkable – indeed it might be said, unique?

On this morning the Heritage Centre will be “re-launched”, as it is handed over to a working committee to run it for the future. All our material, including original archive will be on display, and we hope to have a special visitor to carry out the ceremony at 11.30 a.m.
Please try to come along!

"Roxburgh Road" - one of Westgate’s earliest and most interesting roads

Saturday 1st September 2012

Westgate’s “Blue Plaques”

Currently there are none!

A consideration of 5 worthy residents! Your contributions also welcome.

Saturday 4th August 2012 11:00am

Adrian and Ethelbert Squares 1875-1925

A peep into the lives of those who lived in gated squares

Saturday 7th July 2012 11:00am

All Our Yesterdays!

Westgate 60 years ago – The end of Austerity

Coffee will not be served before this meeting, but afterwards there will be a modest celebration for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – do join us.

Saturday 2nd June 2012 11:00am

The Health and History Walk

A walk starting at Westgate Library will retrace the route of the Grand Procession in Westgate for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

Friday 1st June 2012 10:15am

Play Up! Play Up! And Play the Game!

Westgate and Sport 1880-1940

Saturday 5th May 2012

The Growth of Westbrook and Garlinge - based on new material

Saturday, 3 March 2012 at 11:00

Westgate Celebrates! Past Coronations and Jubilees

Saturday, 4 February 2012 at 11:00

Westgate's Lost Houses Part 3

Saturday, 7 January 2012 at 11:00

What can I do on my land? A look a the covenants of Westgate property.

Saturday, 10 December 2011 at 11:00

90 Years of the British Legion. Erecting the Sea Front War Memorial.

Saturday, 5 November 2011 at 11:00

St Saviour's Church Stained Glass and the people who paid for it.

Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 11:00

Westgate's Lost Houses Part 2

Saturday, 3 September 2011 at 11:00

Summer Holidays in Westgate Part 1- in Victorian Times

Saturday, 2 July 2011 at 11:0

Post War Westgate

Saturday, 4 June 2011 at 11:00

Westgate's Lost Houses – Part 1

Saturday, 7 May 2011 at 11:00

Having a good read! The story of Westgate's Library.

Saturday, 2 April 2011 at 11:00

The Census returns for 1891 and 1901

Saturday, 5 March 2011 at 11:00

The census returns for 1851-1881

Saturday, 5 February 2011 at 11:00

The Lockwood Family

Saturday, 8 January 2011 at 11:00

Winter in Victorian Westgate

(CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS)

Saturday, 4 December 2010 at 11:00

Remembering The Fallen - 90 Years Ago

Saturday, 6 November 2010 at 11:00

Jackson's Stables

Saturday 2nd October 2010
One of Westgate's most successful and long-lived businesses.

What's in a name?

Saturday 4th September 2010

A look at some of the place names in Westgate and Westbrook.

Westgate's Artistic Circle

Saturday 7th August 2010

A number of well known artists were associated with Westgate.
* The Westgate Art Group will be holding its Annual Exhibition in St Saviour's Church in August.

Let's Go Shopping Again!

Saturday 3rd July 2010

From 1890 there were many new shops - in St Mildred's Road, Cuthbert Road and elsewhere.

Westgate in 1939

Saturday 5th September 2009

"The Day War Broke Out!" Based on people's memories. We hope to make this a very special occasion. Look out for details!

The 125th Anniversary of St Saviour's Church

Saturday 4th July 2009

Begins a two week celebration of the anniversary. Display of pictures and archival material.

The Town Hall Buildings

Saturday 6th June 2009

Display about Sir William Ingram.

The Opening of Christ Church URC Church in April 1884

Saturday 2nd May 2009

With a special display and a talk at 11.00 based on the church's archives.

Westgate's Artisan Houses

Saturday 4th April 2009

The Tower House / St Augustine's

Saturday 7th March 2009

Streete Court

Saturday 7th February 2009

The Butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker

Saturday 3rd January 2009
Westgate's shops in the 1880/1890s

The Westbrook Estate

Saturday 6th December 2008
The Westbrook Estate and its importance in the story of Westgate.

Armistice Day Tribute

Saturday 1st November 2008

To commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice of November 1918, a display on Westgate in World War I. Our Victorian Schoolroom will be changed to a wartime one, based on the School Log Book of the time. A tribute to the men of Westgate who fought and the women of Westgate who waited - and wept.

Westgate's Royal Visitors

Saturday 4th October 2008

The Battle of the Boundaries

Friday 11th July 2008.
St Saviour's Church, Westgate at 7.30pm
Episodes in Westgate's History in Dramatic Readings based on the archives.
£3 per head, including light refreshments

Sir William Ingram (Self styled Lord of the Manor of Westgate!)

Sunday 20th July 2008
By kind invitation of Jeremy and Diana Davies of Castle Cottage, Sussex Gardens, this talk will be by Dr Dawn Crouch in the garden (or kitchen if wet!). Numbers strictly limited to 12.
£3 per head, including tea of home made scone and cake.

A special feature for 2008 was a display of Westgate in the 1960's - a new road, a new library, a new school, a new church.

 

 

 

Wellington House Boys' Preparatory School July 1970
Wellington House Boys' Preparatory School July 1970. Click to enlarge image

Wellington House Boys' Preparatory School

Westgate on Sea

July 1970 - the year the school closed. If you were ever a pupil of Wellington House, the Heritage Centre would be pleased to receive your memories of the school. Please contact the Curator. There is a special display on the history of the school in the Heritage Centre until 23rd August.

The display on Westgate in the seventies also ends that day and will be followed by one on the changes in the town in the last twenty-five years.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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