On the first Friday of February after leaving St Edward’s Presbytery and dropping my sister off at Ramsgate Station I headed to the little seaside resort of Broadstairs. It’s practically part of Ramsgate but definitely a separate place. I liked very much what I saw. I’d always been intrigued by views of the town which show Charles Dickens’s Bleak House on a cliff looking out to sea. You can see it in the middle of the picture below. There are several Dickens connections in Broadstairs and I probably didn’t see all of them. At that early hour in the morning I was able to park easily near the sea front. As near as you can get by car, anyway. There are pleasant gardens and paths separating the beach from the road and the main streets and narrow lanes behind.
Bleak House, Broadstairs
Dickens Commemorated at Bleak House
There’s a Challenge? Probably the best afternoon tea in England!
“Charles Dickens lived here and wrote part of Barnaby Rudge, 1841”
“In this house lived the original of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, 1839”
Do you know The Clangers?
Their creator, Oliver Postgate lived here
Did you see “Chariots of Fire”? This sign is on the wall of a hotel facing the sea.