In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kingsgate like this:
KINGSGATE, a hamlet in St. Peter parish, Kent; on the coast, near the North Foreland, 3 miles E of Margate. It commands a pass or gate through the cliffs to the sea; it was originally called Bartholomew-Gate; and it took its present name from the landing at it, in 1683, of Charles II. and the Duke of York. ...
An actual gate, with portcullies, once guarded the pass; but has completely disappeared. A mansion was built above the gate, toward the middle of last century, by Lord Holland, after the model of Cicero's Roman vil1a; and the grounds around it were studded with imitations of ancient buildings and ruins. The convent and the Castle, two of the most prominent of these buildings, have been converted into private residences. A coast guard station is at the hamlet.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kingsgate, in Thanet and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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