1894 – Madeira Walk, Ramsgate, Kent

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 21 of:

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In 1894, the Borough Council of Ramsgate decided to welcome new visitors to their town by changing its appearance from that of a busy fishing port to one with picturesque gardens and promenades.   One of the first stages of their plan was to create a new road to wind up from the harbour to the East Cliff, to be called Madeira Walk.

1-5-21-1 - Ramsgate Madeira Walk StepsThe Pulhamite ‘cliffs’ alongside Madeira Walk c1910, with the steps leading down from the ornamented and balustraded Albion Place, and the cascade near the centre of the picture

They engaged James Pulham and Son to make it look as if it had been cut through a steep gorge, with rocky ‘cliffs’ on either side, and the results were quite spectacular.   They built stratified Pulhamite ‘rocks’ shoring up the steep banks of the gorge, leading up to a balustraded terrace – bordering the old Albion Road – at the top, and included an artificial cascade half way up.   This was the first of three or four stages of the complete ‘makeover’ of Ramsgate – the others taking place during the 1920s, as recorded in Chapter 41 of this book.


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A full description of the work done by James Pulham and Son at Madeira Walk, Ramsgate – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 21 of Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy the critically-acclaimed and lavishly illustrated definitive story of the lives and work of James Pulham and Son.   Written by Claude Hitching, with featured photography by Jenny Lilly.   Published by Garden Art Press.Chapter 20 –

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