The Sunbeam Collection

The Sunbeam Collection

The Sunbeam Photographic Company was based on the Isle of Thanet between 1919-1975. The substantial Sunbeam’ archive is owned by Thanet District Council and is located at SEAS Photography. The Collection includes in excess of 20,000 negatives and prints made by Sunbeam workers predominantly employed on the East Kent Coast.

Margate main sands and Sun Deck

Margate main sands and Sun Deck

From 5x4 inch glass negative.

Carnival night, Margate.

Carnival night, Margate.

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Parade heading towards Cliftonville from the clock tower.

The pier at Margate.

The pier at Margate.

From 5x4 inch film negative.

The view shows steamer arriving at Margate pier with Droit House on the left.

Fact: Droit House was built for the Margate Pier and Harbour Co in 1812

Margate Marine Gardens and Main Sands.

Margate Marine Gardens and Main Sands.

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Fact: The tower block on the right is called Arlington House which was built in 1963. For more information about this striking building look here

Miss Margate

Miss Margate

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Margate carnival procession through Westbrook heading towards the town.

Margate harbour

Margate harbour

From 5x4 inch film negative.

View from Fort Hill towards Margate harbour. Droit House on right.

Fact: The lighthouse seen in the distance was destroyed in the storm of 1st February 1953.

Margate main sands

Margate main sands

From a 10x8 inch glass negative.

Main sands at Margate.

Main sands at Margate.

From a 10x8 inch glass negative.

Main sands at Margate

Main sands at Margate

From a 10x8 inch glass negative.

View of beach and the Nayland Rock Hotel from the sun deck at Margate.

Fact: Charlie Chaplin stayed at the Nayland Rock in the 1920s

Winter Gardens, Margate.

Winter Gardens, Margate.

From a 10x8 inch glass negative.

White passenger steamer and a paddle steamer can be seen arriving at the pier in the background. For history of the Winter gardens look here

North Foreland

North Foreland

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Thatching a hayrick at Elmwood Farm, Broadstairs.

Broadstairs Jetty.

Broadstairs Jetty.

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Bleak House standing above Broadstairs harbour with the old boathouse and lookout on the right.

York Gate at Broadstairs

York Gate at Broadstairs

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Fact: York Gate is in Harbour Street and was built around 1540. For more information see here

Louisa Bay Broadstairs.

Louisa Bay Broadstairs.

From 5x4 inch film negative.

The Grand Hotel overlooks Louisa Bay at Broadstairs.

Viking Bay Broadstairs.

Viking Bay Broadstairs.

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Broadstairs main bay known as Viking Bay since 1949.

To see the Vikings arrive on this beach, look here

Fact: The viking ship as seen in the video link has been preserved and stands above Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate.

Kingsgate Castle Broadstairs.

Kingsgate Castle Broadstairs.

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Customers at the Captain Digby pub enjoying the view of Kingsgate Bay and castle.

Fact: Kingsgate castle was built by Lord Holland in 1760.

Botany Bay Broadstairs

Botany Bay Broadstairs

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Cliffs that separate Botany Bay from Kingsgate bay at Broadstairs.

Fact: Due to erosion since this photograph was taken, the left hand side chalk cliffs have separated to become stacks.

Viking bay Broadstairs.

Viking bay Broadstairs.

From 5x4 inch film negative.

Fishing and pleasure boats at Viking Bay, Broadstairs.

Seafront from the Royal Pavillion at Ramsgate.

Seafront from the Royal Pavillion at Ramsgate.

From 10x8inch glass negative

Marina Swimming Pool at Ramsgate.

Marina Swimming Pool at Ramsgate.

From 5x4 inch colour transparency.

Fact: The Marina pool was opened on the 21st July 1935 by the Mayor of Ramsgate, Alderman Dye.

Beauty Competition

Beauty Competition

From a 10x8 inch glass negative

Bathing beauty contest at the Marina pool Ramsgate.

NB. The Sunbeam company masked off the lower part of the image to fit publication.

Merrie England funfair at Ramsgate.

Merrie England funfair at Ramsgate.

From a 6x5 inch film negative.

Fact: A world record was set on the big wheel in 1969 , to see how look here

Dancing at the Marina.

Dancing at the Marina.

From a 6x5 inch film negative.

Dancing at the Marina Pool bar and nightclub, Ramsgate.

Arcade

Arcade

From a 10 x 8 inch glass negative

Interior of amusement arcade at Merrie England Ramsgate. c1930s

Ramsgate

Ramsgate

From a 10x8 inch glass negative

View over Ramsgate town and Royal Harbour looking westwards.

Come dancing

Come dancing

From a 6x5 inch film negative.

Dancing enclosure at the East Cliff bandstand, Ramsgate.

Fact: Dancing one shilling (5p) Seats 6 pence (2.5p)

Kiosk

Kiosk

From a 10x8 inch glass negative

Newspaper kiosk outside the Granville Hotel on the East Cliff at Ramsgate.

Fact: The kiosk was once a toll booth for entry to the promenade and pleasure gardens during the late Victorian and Edwardian era.