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Earliest 1868

Cliftonville Hotel

Latest ????

Ethelbert Crescent


Cliftonville Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Cliftonville lawn tennis 1893

Above photo showing the lawn tennis ground in 1893.

Cliftonville Hotel 1923

Above photo from the Sketch, 28 March, 1923.

Cliftonville Hotel plaque

Above plaque, date unknown.

Cliftonville Hotel

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Cliftonville Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Cliftonville Hotel

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Built in 1868.

I am informed by Mervyn Hughes that the name changed in 1917 to ffennell. The furthest back so far is 1916, during WW1. Although I haven't found any information regarding this myself yet.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 23 April 1870.


A few days since a number of the sporting gentlemen of the Isle of Thanet assembled at the "Cliftonville Hotel," at the close of a hunting meeting, and presented to Mr. Ambrose Collard, jun., a handsome gold watch, in recognition of the valuable services he has rendered for some time past as honorary secretary to the Thanet Harriers. A short inscription on the inside of the case referred to the connection of Mr. Collard with the sporting gentlemen of the island.


Maidstone Telegraph and West Kent Messenger. 28 August 1870.


The City Press of the 13th inst. contains an article bearing the above heading, and in it remarks that “Some of the better class of hotels at both places are very fairly patronized; at the "Cliftonville,” at Margate, Mr. Sidney Spencer appears, indeed, to have his staff of assistants pretty fully employed; whilst the latest “big” addition to Ramsgate—or rather St Lawrence-on-Sea, as the new district on the West Cliff is called—the “Granville," appears to increase its list of patrons; and the "Royal Albion" overlooking Ramsgate harbour, has a rather busy appearance. This, one of the largest, if not the largest, of the old-established hotels in the town, has really a claim to the prefix “Royal,” for its comfortably furnished rooms have often been occupied by Royalty in times gone by; and Mr. E. Tomkins, the proprietor, still shows to visitors the well-proportioned and tastefully decorated ball-room, which has been the scene of many extremely brilliant gatherings, and is now for the matter of that, later in the season. But, as already stated, Ramsgate is anything but full. Perhaps the unsettled weather that has prevailed on the coast recently has something to do with this. If, however, the visitors are not so numerous as they are sometimes, those who have flitted from the populous city to the breezy beach and cliffs of Margate and Ramsgate do not seem less intent than of yore on making the most of their respite from business cares, and enjoying themselves..........

At Margate the pier and jetty form the general rendezvous as long as daylight lasts; and for the evening's amusement there are the Assembly Rooms; the Theatre (now under the management of a clever actress well known to London boards. Miss Sarah Thorne); and the "Hall-by-the-Sea." The last-mentioned place of amusement seems to increase in popularity, and that is no wonder, for it has a spirited and judicious manager in Mr. Hingston, who organizes an entertainment that is well calculated to please both the lovers of good music and the votaries of Terpisochore. There is a capital band, containing some renowned performers, and having an efficient leader in Mr. Thaddens Wells; there is a vocal concert, with the veteran composer and musician, Mr. J. L. Hatton, as conductor; Mr. George Grossmith highly pleases the audience nightly with the "Adventures of Mrs. Brown," &c.; and a ball, with a good list of dances and a courteous M.C., winds up the evening. Messrs. Spiers and Pond's arrangements in the refreshment department, as in the others, appear to give unqualified satisfaction.


Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, Saturday 29 July 1893.


The Cliftonville Hotel, which has been acquired by the Gordon Hotels Company, was reopened to the public on Thursday week. Those who knew the old Cliftonville will be surprised at the wonderful change which has been made in two months and result is a triumph of harmony and good taste. It is enough to instance the gothic octagon, of which mention has been made; for which an antique pattern has been especially designed; the rich brown and green of the entrance hall, with its mahogany dado, and the delightful terra cotta of the reading-room, which suggests repose without gloom. The furniture of the public rooms, by Messrs. Maple and Co., carries out the same idea, and the Chippendale style of the drawing-room blends admirably with the old gold. The dining-room is a spacious hall, the walls covered with a rich Japan paper, and the ceilings with a beautiful anaglypton. There is a billiard-room, which will be furnished in a day or two, and the other usual public apartments. The bed-rooms, although there is accommodation for two hundred and fifty persons, are unusually spacious, and on three stones there are balconies to each. The situation of the hotel is unique—it is just far enough from central Margate to be out of the bustle, and not too far to be within easy reach of it. In front, between the hotel and the sea, is the spacious lawn tennis ground retained for the use of visitors to the hotel, and behind is an extensive garden. Messrs. Jennings, the sanitary engineers, who have done the sanitary work of the other great hotels of the company, have executed the very complete arrangements which have been earned out at the Cliftonville. All the waste service is led outside the building—there are therefore absolutely no drains. Although opened at such a rate of high pressure the hotel is already in remarkably good working order, both as regards cuisine and attendance, and it is well that this should be so, for already—on Saturday last—there were so many visitors that several could not be received. The tariff, including the wine list, is exceedingly moderate, and with such a good start even now before the Margate season has begun the new enterprise promises to be very popular indeed. Our pictures arc engraved from negatives taken for us by Messrs Goodman and Schmidt the well known photographers of Fort Hill, Margate. Our picture shows the front elevation of the hotel and a section of the beautiful tennis lawn which separates the hotel from the edge of the cliff.


Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, Saturday 25 July 1914.

A Noted Seaside Hotel.

The structural alterations and other improvements initiated by the directors of the Gordon Hotels are being rapidly finished. The new lounge of the "Hotel Victoria," Northumberland-avenue, was opened last month, and important changes in the "Cliftonville Hotel," Margate, have just been completed. Perhaps the most notable of these changes is the extension of the old lounge, which faces the sea, and the redecoration of the new, or inner lounge, which was built three years ago. The dining-room has also been enlarged, the entire hotel redecorated, and every part of the hotel modernised where there was scope for improvement.

Cliftonville Hotel dining rooms 1914

Above photo showing the dining rooms.


From The Bystander, Wednesday 7 March 1923.

Cliftonville advert 1923

Thanet Advertiser, Friday 23 December 1949.

By Order of Cliftonville Hotels limited.

The "Cliftonville Hotel," Ethelbert Crescent, Cliftonville, Margate.

The whole of the remaining furnishings of the hotel including. Mahogany bedroom furniture, divan-beds, overlays, Axminster, Wilton and other carpets and runners, pillows, blankets, bedspreads, eiderdowns, large quantity of valuable linen, curtains, easy chairs, full-size billiard table, deck chairs, wicker chairs, cafe tables, dining chairs, iron frame, grand pianoforte by Forster, office safes, writing tables, very valuable kitchen equipment including "New World" multiple gas cooker, occasional chairs, show cases, assorted
tables, two Prestcold refrigerators, electric bacon slicer, together with china, glass, plated goods, motor lawnmower, together with outside and other general effects in all some 2000 lots, which Messrs. Daniels (Kent) Ltd. will sell by public auction upon the premises on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 4th, 5th and 6th January, 1950, at 10 a.m. each day and on the following days as required.

On view Tuesday, 3rd January, 1950.

Catalogues (price 1/-) of the auctioneers.

7 Cecil Square, Margate (phone 2054)

75 High Street, Broadstairs (phone 17) and

The Central Auction Rooms, 3 Duke Street, Margate.


Taken from Kent a Chronicle of the Century book 3.

Cliftonville Hotel fire 1952

Cliftonville evacuation.

March 4th 1952: Occupants of the former Cliftonville Hotel, now converted into flats, were evacuated today as one of the biggest fires since the war swept through the building.

So severe was the blaze that appliances from Folkestone, Canterbury and Maidstone came to the aid of the Margate firefighters.

It took 70 firemen with turntable ladders and all the modern equipment and expertise to quell the massive blaze. Many of the apartments were severely damaged.

The 63 men, women and children evacuated found temporary accommodation in Greylands Hotel.

Cliftonville Hotel fire



SPENCER Sidney 1870+ Maidstone Telegraph

GRIEVE John 1881+ (also wine merchant)

WILLATS Henry R 1890-91+

HOLLAND Arthur J 1901+ (manager Gordons Hotel Co)



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