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1 The Beatles played for a week at Margate's Winter Gardens and were accommodated nearby. 84824
2 Queen Victoria spent many summers in Broadstairs as a child, staying at Pierremont Hall. 27418
3 Karl Marx (1818-1883) is known to have stayed in the town around 9 times, as did his comrade Friedrich Engels. One known spot is on Hardres Street. His eldest daughter Jenny Longuet Marx (1844–1883) lived for a period at 6 Artillery Road. 20366
4 Author Charles Dickens had a holiday home in Broadstairs, where he wrote David Copperfield. For a period he owned Fort House on a promontory above the town where he wrote Bleak House, which the location is now called. 13671
5 Former Conservative leader and Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was born here and lived in Albion Road, St. Peters. 10935
6 T. S. Eliot, poet, wrote part of The Wasteland in 1922 whilst recuperating for nervous strain in Margate. 6667
7 J. M. W. Turner spent much time in Margate and sketched many Margate skies that were later incorporated into his paintings. 2754
8 Artist Tracey Emin RA grew up in Margate 1982
9 Marty Feldman, comic writer and comedian, began his career, aged 15, as part of a circus-style act at Dreamland Funpark in Margate. 1968
10 Siouxsie Sioux (Susan Janet Ballion b. 27 May 1957) spent summer holidays in Broadstairs during her childhood. 1773
11 Elizabeth Fry,(1780–1845) prison reformer and Quaker philanthropist, died of a stroke in Bellvue Road, Ramsgate. 785
12 Actor John Le Mesurier(1912–1983) - Sgt Arthur Wilson in BBC sitcom Dad's Army - lived his later years at 8 London Road in Ramsgate. In August 2010 a plaque was unveiled at this address commemorating his residence. He is buried at St George's church in the town. 778
13 Trevor Howard CBE, the film star, was born in Cliftonville, Margate. 761
14 Jack Warner, Dixon of Dock Green, lived for a time in Kingsgate 672
15 Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812–1852), the eminent Victorian Gothic architect, lived for a period at St Augustine's Grange (The Grange), and is buried nearby. 593
16 Brenda Blethyn OBE (born 20 February 1946 in Ramsgate) is an English Golden Globe winning and Academy Award-nominated film, stage, television and voice actress, and writer.She owns a house on Nelson Crescent and is a key supporter and Patron of The Granville Theatre/ Granville Cinema in the town. 553
17 Bruce Robinson, author of Withnail and I et al., was born in Broadstairs in 1946. 427
18 Jefferson Hack,(b.20 June 1971), publisher, journalist & model, lived much of his childhood and teenage years in Beach Grove, Cliffsend, near Ramsgate. 318
19 The poet Stevie Smith spent several years on and off in a sanatorium near Broadstairs while suffering from tuberculous peritonitis as a child. 262
20 Gary Rhodes celebrity TV chef was a student of catering at the Thanet College. 254
21 Mike Nolan of eighties pop group Bucks Fizz lives in Broadstairs. 247
22 Gary Pallister, a footballer who played for Manchester United F.C. and Middlesbrough F.C. was born in Ramsgate. 194
23 Oliver Postgate, creator of the children's TV puppet shows, the Clangers, Bagpuss and others retired to Broadstairs, where he died on 8 December 2008, aged 83. A plaque has been erected on his home in Chandos Square. 160
24 Actress Juliette Kaplan (real name: Marlene Hoser)- plays "Pearl" in BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine lives in Westgate-on-Sea, Margate. 149
25 Author Anthony Buckeridge OBE (20 June 1912 – 28 June 2004), best known for his Jennings series of novels, lived in Ramsgate and taught at St. Lawrence College. 78
26 Jackie Pallo (12th Jan. 1926 - 11th Feb. 2006), born Jack Gutteridge, Wrestler and TV Personality lived in Ramsgate before he died. 75
27 Sir Francis Austen GCB (1774–1865) Admiral of the Fleet and brother of Jane Austen, the author, lived at 14 Albion Place. 73
28 Mike Stock is a British songwriter and record producer best known for being a member of the songwriting and record production trio Stock Aitken Waterman. He was born in Margate December 3, 1951. 67
29 Frank Richards (pen name of Charles Harold St John Hamilton; 1875–1961) the writer of the Billy Bunter novels lived in Kingsgate, Broadstairs. 66
30 The actor Peter Barkworth was born in Margate. 58
31 Kirk Shepherd who lives in Ramsgate, is the youngest player ever to reach a final of the World Professional Darts Championship. Shepherd uses the nicknames Young Gun and Karate Kid for his matches. 58
32 David Watkin, Oscar-winning cinematographer, was born in Margate in 1925. 26
33 John Deane, inventor of the diving helmet and discoverer of the Mary Rose in 1836, is buried in Ramsgate. 21
34 Annette Mills (1894–1955), one-time concert pianist and elder sister of actor Sir John Mills, lived in Broadstairs. She is best remembered for the early television programme Muffin the Mule in the 1950s. 16
35 Julie Forsyth member of 70's vocal group Guys n' Dolls and daughter of TV presenter Bruce Forsyth lives on Royal Road. 15
36 Brian Degas, author,writer and creator of TV Series Colditz, lives in the town. 14
37 Bill Pitt MP, the first candidate elected to Parliament under the banner of the SDP-Liberal Alliance 1981-1983, lives in Broadstairs. 13
38 Engineer Thomas Russell Crampton (1816-1888) is chiefly remembered as a designer of locomotives and of railways, but he was also concerned with gas, water works and the submarine telegraph cable. He was the first to succeed in laying an effective telegraph cable under the English Channel. A water tower and a pub in the town are named after him. 11
39 Steven Moore, former World Champion Waterski Racer. Currently resides in Thanet. 9
40 Iain Aitch is an English writer and journalist who was born in Margate. 5
41 Trevor Neal of TV comic duo Trevor and Simon notably of Saturday children's show Going Live lives in Broadstairs. 5
42 Dr Chris Tame, founder of the Libertarian Alliance and a former Director of FOREST, spent the last years of his life in Ramsgate until his death from cancer. < 5
43 John Buchan (1875–1940) apparently based his Thirty Nine Steps after the set of steps on the beach at North Foreland, Broadstairs, where he was recuperating from a duodenal ulcer in 1915. < 5
44 Sir Robert Walpole, the British Prime Minister, spent summers in Cliftonville, Margate and has Walpole Bay and the Walpole Bay Hotel named in his honour. < 5


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