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History of Broadstairs

Broadstairs comes from the Old English ‘brad’ meaning ‘broad’ and ‘stæger’ as a ‘stairway’; therefore, a ‘broad stairway or ascent’.


Broadstairs church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The architect David Barnes built it, in 1829, as a replacement for the 11th century church dedicated to ‘Our Ladye of Bradstowe’. Until 1850, both churches had been Chapels-of-Ease to St Peter. Sir Ninian Comper extended the church in 1925.


Broadstairs railway station opened on the London Chatham and Dover Railway’s Margate to Ramsgate extension, on 5 October 1863…. more




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