Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1930-

Miramar Hotel

Latest 1953+

165 Reculver Road


Miramar Hotel 1950s

Above postcard, circa 1950s, kindly sent by Catherine Holman.

Miramar Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Miramar Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Miramar Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Miramar Hotel 2017

Above photo 2017, showing the buildings as I believe a nursing home.


Not a lot known of this premises found at present, but I am led to believe that the buildings are now (2017) operating as a nursing home.


From the Whitstable Times and Tankerton Press, Saturday 12 April 1930.

Mr. J. Thorn Drury applied for confirmation of the licence granted by the St. Augustine’s Justices in respect of the "Miramar Hotel," Beltinge. He said that applicant had held a term licence for three and a quarter years, and the nearest hotel was in Herne Bay. When the application came before the Magistrates the police gave applicant a good character.

It was pointed out that the monopoly value had been agreed at 2,850—payable in five instalments.

The licence was confirmed.

From The Sphere, Saturday 07 March 1953.

Miramar Hotel path

A few days ago this path led to the "Miramar Hotel": A part of the hotel's garden has also subsided, but a wall and a bed of wallflowers still remain intact, even though the ground has dropped several feet.



All that remains of the cliff at Beltinge, near Herne Bay, Kent: This is the state of the north Kentish coast, where the local residents are concerned with the erosion which is eating its way inland at an alarming rate.

Along the Kent coast, where much of the land has been subjected to the swirling waters of the great flood, erosion has again taken place and whole cliffs have subsided to sea-level. At Beltinge, near the holiday town of Herne Bay, a cliff path has dropped 100 ft., while gardens and a bowling-green, once on top of the cliff, are now at sea-level. The whole cliff has just subsided, leaving a wall and flowering plants still standing in an upright condition. A local resident, Mr. B. Thom, who lives in a cottage which he bought four months ago and which is now on the brink of the canyon, says “It is just as if this beautiful piece of Kent was in a lift which somebody suddenly decided to take down to the ground floor." At the bottom of the valley, clearly visible from above but out of reach because no one knows when the downward movement will cease, are things which were in use until a few days ago. Meanwhile in Lismore Street, families have had to leave their homes, which in some cases now stand high above the sunken gardens.


From an email received 12 October 2018.

Dear Mr. Skelton,

I came across two half tickets in a copy of "King's Regulations for the Army" published 1935, which I received from a bookseller yesterday. I believe they relate to a dance held on 9th May 1945, a Wednesday, but a day for celebrating victory in Europe. It could be that 'ay" refers to 'day' but that's my theory, given that the original tickets have been adapted for a quickly-arranged function.

Dance tickets

I posted a poor photo of the tickets on a World War Two chat site, WW2 Talk, and someone suggested contacting you. Any ideas would be appreciated: I am intrigued. As a matter of interest, my late mother-in-law served in a Mixed Heavy AA unit in Kent in 1944 and 1945, trying to shoot down V1 flying bombs.

Best wishes,

John Cox,

Saffron Walden,




DRURY J Thorn Mr Apr/1930+


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