Saturday, 22 January 2011

Sepia Saturday 58 - the Newgate Gap, Cliftonville

I have once again dipped into my still unsorted batch of 200 recent postcard aquisitions and found another which seemed a good choice for Sepia Saturday. It's yet another place I've never been to but looks great from these old postcards. It's the Newgate Gap, in Cliftonville, near Margate, Kent.

Newgate Gap, Cliftonville, c.1938

Newagte Gap, Cliftonville

The second of these postacrds is unused so I cannot tell the date but would assume it's earlier than the first, probably dating back to the 1900's. I was intrigued to see whether it still exists today, and it appears that it does, although the recent photographs I found on the internet don't make it look anywhere near as exciting as it must have looked 100 years ago.

As usual 100's more vintage postcards on my web site


  1. There was something about the images used in old postcards that always seem to make views more dramatic. A fine brace of cards.

  2. I love searching through collections of old postcards....and marvel at their beauty and excellence....they always project such deep thought and time and effort in the making of it, don't you agree?

  3. That's the way to bridge a gap! And in time, too, from when the cards were printed, till now.

  4. If this weather here ever gets bearable again, I intend to start my search for old post cards at the thrift shops. I remember using them as a young girl, but don't seem to have any around. This was a great one.

  5. Oh, a seaside resort that looks so interesting because of that fun canyon access to the beach. Wouldn't it be fun to go back in time and walk along there with the sound of the waves crashing in the background?

  6. I agree with Tattered and Lost that the canyon access looks like so much fun. I can imagine the walk through the gap, finally reaching the end - children running ahead of their parents to be the first to reach the water's edge - feeling the breeze or smelling the sea or just enjoying the endless open feeling.

    And then, after a glorious afternoon, the walk back through the gap which might then feel as if it goes on forever.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. That does look like fun. I love these postcards of "places you've never been." I always feel like it's the next-best thing. However, I do think that sometime you should treat yourself to a trip to a few of these places.

  8. i so much prefer the 1938 construction to the one featured in the 2nd postcard!!!...

  9. The bridge looks so high! Breathtakingly high! I love the slightly arched bridge. Beautiful!


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