May 26, 2021

Thanet’s most famous blue plaque names and locations

Many influential and successful people in history have had associations with Thanet

Thanet’s most famous blue plaque names and locations

This explains why there so many commemorative blue plaques across the isle. Here are some of the most popular plaques you can find while exploring Thanet.

King George IV

The man who established Ramsgate’s harbor as ‘Royal’ met his future wife at what now is the Margate Public Library.

JMW Turner

As well as the Turner Contemporary art gallery, Joseph Mallord William Turner also has a blue plaque in Margate on the corner of Love Lane and Hawley Street, which used to be Coleman’s school, of which the famous artist was a student.

Eric Morecambe

One half of legendary comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, Morecambe has a plaque dedicated to him at The Bulls Head in Margate, it’s where he held his wedding reception.

Ted Heath

The UK prime minister between 1970 and 1974 lived in Broadstairs and was a member of the Broadstairs sailing club from 1952 until 2005.

Karl Marx

The German philosopher, sociologist, economic historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist stayed at the 62 plains in Waterloo in 1879.

Hattie Jaques and John Le Mesurier

Most famous for his role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson, Bafta award-winning actor Le Mesurier lived at 8 London Rd in Ramsgate from 1970 until he died in 1983.

He also shares a plaque with Hattie Jaques, the famous actress known for her work in the Carry On films; they lived together in Margate in the 1960s.

Charles Darwin

The naturist, best known for his contributions to the theory of evolution, would spend his holidays at 8 The Paragon in Ramsgate.

Queen Victoria

While still a princess, Queen Victoria stayed in Ramsgate at the Albion House for over a year, between 1835 and 1836.

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