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History of Cliftonville

Cliftonville is a 19th century resort, and its name was a modern invention. 


Cliftonville was the fashionable hotel quarter of Margate, in the first half of the 20th century. In 1921, T S. Elliot stayed at the Albemarle Hotel, and each day took a tram ride into Margate, where he sat overlooking the beach. One such excursion inspired him to write ‘The Waste Land’.

Cliftonville parish church is dedicated to St Paul. The Victorians built it in 1873, with consecration later that year. Gillett and Johnston cast and hung a bell in 1897 in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.





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