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Posted by: Monkton Malc
« on: March 08, 2010, 22:46:45 »

It's at the top of Minster.
As you go down Tothill Street the very next place to the Prospect is the cemetery.
I will pop in there and get some pictures next week as there are quite a few war graves in there from the building of Richborough Port.
Posted by: MedwayDweller
« on: March 08, 2010, 22:43:25 »

I took a bit of an interest in this iconic building when I noticed it becoming derelict. It was built around 1935 I believe in a very good art deco style and is a great example of its type. I always remember its distinctive shape and glass roof dome when I was little on the way back from the Thanet coast. There were some great pictures someone who got inside had posted on a website, they were really eerie as all the old tables and glasses and bottles had just been left and were gathering dust. There was a bar price list and an old pool table just rotting away. I just tried to find the site again but it appears to have been taken down :(

I must admit I was very relieved to see it being sympathetically converted to a hotel. When I first saw the workman moving onto the site I feared the worst.

Just one thing, and I hate to split hairs, but is it in Monkton or Minster?
Posted by: KentishmanIan
« on: March 08, 2010, 20:46:57 »

Ok thank you I often got these two places mixed up. I think that the Prospect would have made a lovely art deco (hope thats how you say it) house but the traffic going past now would have made it a bit too hectic.
Posted by: BenG
« on: March 08, 2010, 20:37:48 »

Posted by: KentishmanIan
« on: March 08, 2010, 20:31:52 »

Wasnt this place a nightclub for a while? I moved from Thanet to Staffordshire before the place closed down and I'm sure I remember my sister saying it had been converted.
Posted by: Tashos
« on: March 08, 2010, 20:14:13 »

Thanks MM...

It's a great video eh? Did you spot Arlington House in the background? I'm sure I did! Also, was that the Margate pier that now no longer exists? Being just a young whipper snapper (!) I don't remember a pier in Margate but have seen many pictures of it before the big storm.

Also hubby noticed the long road with bungalows at the beginning of the video and we reckon it looks a lot like Palm Bay (?)

Maybe I do remember the Prospect being painted pink, or I could be thinking of Brush Strokes!

Thanks again,
Posted by: Monkton Malc
« on: March 08, 2010, 19:52:40 »

Hi Tashos,

I don't have many memories of the Prospect Inn, but I do remember that Marty Feldman sketch (great shot of Margate pier on it too..)

I didn't use the inn very much as it was a bit of a walk up the hill out of Minster so if I ventured out it was to the New Inn or the Bell at the bottom of the village.
I am told that it was built in the 1930's and resembles the bridge of a ship although none of the ships that I served on looked like it.

They did hold "singles nights" there at one time but I never went. It was painted pink at one time and looked like Elmo Putney`s wine bar from "Brush Strokes".

Sorry that I can't really help you with anything else about it.

Posted by: Tashos
« on: March 08, 2010, 13:49:47 »

Another day off and a few more jobs around the house not done...I've been looking into the Prospect Inn at Monkton after a conversation with my nan. The inn was designed by Oliver Hill and 'I think' was often frequented by seasiders on Beano's to the Thanet coast. I remember seeing it on my jollies down to Margate & Broadstairs as a small child with my grandparents and may have possibly visited it, this would've been in the late 70's and very early 80's. I'm not sure when it closed down but after quite some time left in a derelict state it was aquired by the Holiday Inn group and has since been transformed into a hotel. My nan is sure it was once also a 'dinner and dance' venue, is anyone able to confirm this?

Also, does anyone have any pictures of the how the building used to look inside? In it's former state or when it was derelict

Here's how I remember it before the hotel make over:

Here's how it looks today as a hotel

I also found an old Marty Feldman video on You Tube

Maybe Monkton Malc knows some history of the place as he's a local?

I've been chatting to my nan about old Kent things and she's amazed about this site, so I'll be showing her a few things on here.  

Many thanks,
Tashos :)

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