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During the Second World War most of the population were moved out and guns with their attendant military personnel were moved in. Most of the guns were anti-aircraft but there were smaller pieces intended to prevent German shipping from travelling along the French coast.


Whether you are looking for relaxation and the chance to unwind or for something more active including great hand's on fun for the younger family members then Kent is the place for you. With many award winning attractions featured together with the best known places to visit and many smaller less well known attractions.
Choose from enchanting gardens, historic houses, mysterious castles, cathedrals and country churches, fascinating museums, animal parks, steam trains, amazing maritime heritage and much more.
St Margarets Shopping
There are hundreds of independent retailers situated in the Kent, offering an array of worldwide brands to locally sourced products. Each and every one of them offer a customer service that just can’t be found on the high street.
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Farmers Market
St Margaret's Monthly Farmers' Market has now been running for over 12 years on the last Friday of the month (9am to 12.30pm).
St Margaret's Nursery Committee took over the organising and running of the farmers' market in 2003. The Nursery and After School Club is a non-profit making charity and the market is the main fundraising activity for the Nursery. With the help of the farmers' Market it has been able to keep nursery fees as low as possible for the benefit of the community.
The farmers' market has grown from strength to strength and we are now able to offer a wide variety of goods and in-season produce at competitive prices in a friendly environment. These include:-
Meat from Rourkes Drift Farm,
Eggs from Sherleys Farm,
St. Margarets Fruit and Vegetables from Enifer Farm,
Produce from The Mad Cow Deli,
Plants from Windy Ridge, St. Margarets
In addition there are homemade chocolates, chutneys, Indian food, fresh fish, cheeses, homemade cakes, fresh bread, paintings, jewellery, books and other local crafts.
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St Margarets Bay
The cliff above St Margaret's Bay is where the sun is supposed first to reach the UK every morning. At the north end of the bay is Leathercote Point (sometimes spelt Leathercoat Point), where there is a war memorial commemorating the Dover Patrol.
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South Foreland Lighthouse
A Victorian lighthouse standing atop the famous White Cliffs of Dover. The lighthouse was the sie of two famous scientific breakthroughs, Marconi conducted his wireless experiments here, and Faraday's first electric light glowed on this spot. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower for wonderful views over the English Channel to France.
The Front, St Margaret's Bay St Margarets, Dover, Kent, England, CT15 6HP
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Dining in St Margarets
Whether you want to relax over a cappuccino, enjoy a light lunch, have a fun family meal or indulge in a taste sensation, Kent caters for every occasion.
customer service that just can’t be found on the high street.
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St Margarets at Cliffe
St Margarets-at-Cliffe is a three part village situated just off the coast road between Deal and Dover. The heart of the village is about two miles from the sea, while the residential area of Nelson Park is further inland, and then The Bay area is situated along and below the cliffs.

At the western end of St Margaret's Bay is the Coastguard Station at Langdon Battery which monitors the Straits of Dover and much of the land behind the Bay is owned by the National Trust. The Saxon Way long-distance coastal walk crosses some of that land.

Local tradition claims that the first of the Huguenot refugees to arrive in England landed here. Could be. It is far more certain that smugglers used the Bay and the village behind it, though we are back to tradition when we recount the old story of a certain parish clerk who is said to have stored in the church tower ropes and tackle for hauling smuggled goods up the cliffs from the beach. The illicit but very popular trade must have been seriously inconvenienced, though probably nothing more, when Capt Philemon Phillips, RN, persuaded the government of his day to set up a coastguard station, with six men and a boat, there in 1737.

It was in the Bay that the Channel Tunnel Co began the first test boring in 1865. The bore discovered coal and the Channel tunnel project was pigeon-holed - again!

St Margaret's Bay joined the modern world in 1865 when Lord Granville, then the new Warden of the Cinque Ports, decided the little fishing village should blossom into a popular seaside resort. The Granville Hotel still stands as a memorial to his lordship's dream and the resort that developed became home, at different times, to such famous residents and visitors as Lord Arthur Cecil, Lord Byron, Max Beerbohm, Noel Coward, Ian Fleming and Peter Ustinov.

In 1918, the last bomb to be dropped in England in WW1 fell on St Margaret's and when WW2 began the area, like many others along the south coast, was evacuated of all unnecessary civilians and occupied by troops in readiness for the expected invasion.

It was here that the big naval guns, nicknamed Winnie (after the popular abbreviation of Winston Churchill's name) and Pooh (after Winnie, of course) were sighted on France. When they were fired they did more damage to local property than they did to their target area, but there is a story that after Winnie fired her first salvo of the war, her commander telephoned the Prime Minister to report a direct hit. Back came the query: 'Direct hit on what?' 'On France, Sir!' was the reply.

Today the bay is still overlooked by a statue of Sir Winston, glowering across the Straits towards the French coast. It was unveiled in November 1972 by the great man's grandson, also Winston Churchill. The Dover Patrol Memorial was there before him, of course, unveiled by Edward, Prince of Wales, in 1921.

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Kent Place Names
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If you have wandered through the Kent Downs whether on foot, by horse, bicycle or car will have, at one time or another, pondered over the meaning of place names of towns , villages or hamlets that we normally take for granted in our everyday lives. Places such as Pett Bottom, Bigbury and Bobbing conjure up all manner of intriguing images as to the activities of former inhabitants, while others such as Whatsole Street, Smersole or Hartlip appear completely baffling.
Although most place names may appear at first sight to be random elements of words thrown together in no particular order, most are surprisingly easy to decipher with some elementary grounding in Old English. Over the centuries most of the Old English words have themselves corrupted and changed to appear as we know them today.
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Kentish Dialect
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Modern Kentish dialect shares many features with other areas of south-east England (sometimes collectively called "Estuary English"). Other characteristic features are more localised. For instance some parts of Kent, particularly in the north west of the county, share many features with broader Cockney.

A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms: in use in the county of Kent' by W.D.Parish and W.F.Shaw (Lewes: Farncombe,1888)
'The Dialect of Kent: being the fruits of many rambles' by F. W. T. Sanders (Private limited edition, 1950). Every attempt was made to contact the author to request permission to incorporate his work without success. His copyright is hereby acknowledged.
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