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Cliftonville is a suburb of East Margate in Kent. Its long sandy beach at the foot of the cliffs has been a popular holiday destination since Victorians first took to sea bathing.

This was where the first covered bathing machines were invented in 1753 by Benjamin Beale, a local Quaker, and they drew quite a following by the 19th century.

In its heyday, West Cliftonville was considered the fashionable quarter of Margate and its seafront was lined with small hotels and boarding houses along with a large Butlins complex.

Writer T.S.Eliot spent time convalescing at the Albemarle Hotel in Cliftonville in 1921 and he wrote parts of his well-known novel The Waste Land in the promenade shelter at Nayland Rock, now a Grade II listed building. John Betjeman also found inspiration here when he wrote his poem Margate 1940.

Cliftonville shopping area is in Northdown Road and has banks along with Boots the Chemist, a Tesco supermarket, post office, restaurants and various family businesses. Visitors will also find an attractive award-winning art gallery along with coffee shops, cafes, pubs, churches and other services in the town centre.

The town has several churches such as the lovely St Anne’s Catholic Church and Presbytery and the unusual St Michael and St Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church.

For family amusements, Cliftonville is well endowed with a ten pin bowling alley, tennis, crazy golf, a bowling green and bandstand which hosts concerts and local events including a farmers’ market. The Winter Gardens Theatre is well known for its high class entertainment.