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The Lido & Clifton baths Margate kent Summer 2013

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Visited with Obscurity,Spaceinvader,UrbanGinger,and 2 non members

After such a long break since the last time we visited and it being sealed ,then Blatantly ripped open and then sealed tight this place has been off the circuit of explore,so after a lot of recce and planning a way in was found although it very public and risky, off we went to crack on,thos of you who have visited will know the baths are tidal so with that in mind the first visit was a short one due to the "old" way used to get into the rest of the areas via the old smugglers tunnels being a tad destroyed and collapsed.2nd visit was sorted and the rest of the place was explored only missing a few bits here and there due to the rather non existent routes

Brief history of which there is much

HISTORY

The complex of buildings on the site are of two distinct phases: an early-C19 sea bathing

establishment, dating from 1824, called the Clifton Baths; and a C20 lido, dating from 1926, called the Cliftonville Lido from 1938. The structures are on four levels, the lower levels excavated from the chalk cliffs and only the upper level, on the landward side, above ground level.

More to be found here Margate Architecture: Clifonville Baths granted listed status

On with the pics

Echoes nightclub

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A few from Hades where the raves all happened a long time ago now

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Price list would be a dream in this day and age

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The underground Harbour and then down a level

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Below echoes Club

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Into the changing rooms which is generaly a tad of a paddle about

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Up in the main hall area

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The not so grand hall,when i visited 3 years ago it was full of the rotten contents of the hall,stage,chairs the lot all gone

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Thanks for putting up with so many images which arent my best, but last time i was here i used a very old nokia mobile fone and that report is long gone!!

Edited by Wevsky

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Thats quality and glad you went back and re shot it.

The signage alone is win win.

Cool share

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The mobile fone report was on here mate but it seems to have gone missing over during the change over trolol

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The mobile fone report was on here mate but it seems to have gone missing over during the change over trolol

I remember the original post well and all I can say is Its better off where it is for the sake of all lol

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I remember the original post well and all I can say is Its better off where it is for the sake of all lol

:o

one of the first things i did when i became admin was *cough* lose the report :cool:

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Oh my, the good old days of Seduction :o Jolts a few ghastly memories lol christ I feel old!

Nice one for getting in and the pics are cool, what a sorry state it's in :(

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