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Author Topic: West Cliff Concert Hall  (Read 28766 times)

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« on: August 08, 2010, 09:02:28 PM »

This fine building has been empty since closure of the Ramsgate Motor Museum in 2006. Formerly a theatre and concert hall, the building has hosted many top artists including The Rolling Stones. Originally dug out of chalk the hall opened in 1914 just two days before the outbreak of war. Apparently the hall, which has a 600 square metre terrace overlooking the ferry terminal and harbour, is the only cliff top hall left in the country.

Recently the hall has been identified for disposal by TDC, and was listed in an auction with a guide price of £200,000. The Isle of Thanet Gazette for July 30th 2010 reports that following intervention by the Mayor Councillor David Green, the building has been withdrawn from the auction pending the outcome of talks with actress Janet Fielding. Miss Fielding's vision includes a 250 seat theatre, 75 seat cinema, restaurant, offices, meeting rooms, gallery and shop. Miss Fielding hopes to raise in excess of £5,000,000 in grants to fund the project.

Meanwhile TDC allows the building to crumble. Below are recent pictures of the 600 square metre terrace. In the big scheme of things, what would it cost to spray weed killer once in a while? I dare not think about the cost of making this good.

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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 03:09:38 PM »

Just to show you how the state of play is inside the building heres a few pictures

this parts definantly seen better days

PJK :o)
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012, 06:26:32 AM »

I remember going in there during the early 90s to see the car collection. The building is/was an amazing place but it had a real musty smell even then. It's so sad that it's being allowed to go to pieces like that, along with the Pavillion. Ramsgate has such wonderful architecture & such amazing history, it's a pity local studies isn't taught so much in schools any more. A bit of respect for what's gone on before & pride in your hometown is something that IMO, ought to be taught at home & at school   Smiley
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