MANY MEMBERS and friends attended the group’s first meeting of 2015 to learn about the history of Beltinge. Using images of the village’s early beginnings, kindly made available by member Pauline Turner, Margaret Burns illustrated her talk with modern photos taken from the same viewpoint as the early scenes — a then and now approach. From around the turn of the 1900s, land from Beltinge Green Farm was sold off in plots by developer Edward Ramsey. The now busy Seaview Road was once a quiet track called Beltinge Lane. Two early buildings east of Blacksole Bridge which would have dominated the surrounding undeveloped landscape were the Friendly Convalescent Homes and the Railway Homes, both operating as Friendly Societies where railway and factory workers from all over the country could recuperate from illness and accidents. The Railway Homes building currently remains in use as a residential caring establishment, but only the ornamental iron gateway of the Friendly Homes has survived.

Some of the early buildings in the village can still be seen today; the thatched cottage on the site known as Dolly’s Corner, nearby Sycamore Cottage and opposite, The Grange containing parts of the original Beltinge Green Farmhouse. Reculver Lodge, White Lodge — once used a health hydro, and a large house that contained St Hilda’s School, are some of the lost buildings of Beltinge. The village was served by two public houses, the Rising Sun and The Miramar Hotel. While the Rising Sun although altered remains, the Miramar is now completely redeveloped as a retirement complex.

Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at the Institute Hall, Canterbury Road, Herne, opposite Strode Park. New members and visitors (£2) always welcome. For more information contact chairman Alan Dilnot on 01227 373695. The group’s website is www.sites.google.com/site/herneandbroomfieldhistory/home or find us on Facebook – search for Herne and Broomfield Local History Group.

Herne Bay Times, March 4th 2015

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