I suppose in terms of trying to form a picture of Thanet 200 years ago, the nearest you can get to sitting down over a meal or a drink with a local resident from that time is reading Mockett’s Journal.
John Mockett (1775~1848) was a farmer in the Isle of Thanet at the beginning of the 1800s. He was a churchwarden to St. Peters Broadstairs in the Isle of Thanet at a time when the parish administered local government, so he had considerable responsibility for the care of the population and the environment.
His journal provides an insight into life at that time in Thanet and particularly Ramsgate and St Peter’s.
He was partly responsible for, farming the poor sic. in Thanet and notes that the keeper of St Peter’s Poorhouse erected a public cage to display offenders.
Some of his thoughts involve a sort of mental triplethink, eg. When coaches first appeared in England a law was passed to prevent men from riding in them as it was thought too effeminate.
So the plan with this post is look at the picture of John Mockett and read some of his journal, we have the whole book in the bookshop, for the very keen.
The answers to the tricky Broadstairs pictures in yesterdays post are, Trinity Church, with tower. Snow & Co was 17, High St. The Prince Albert, High Street, midway between the station and the seafront and Balmoral Hotel with Balmoral Gardens (facing the sea) Albion St.
Some of the scarcer Middleton Press local railway books went out in the shop today, all of them under a tenner, see the bookshop blog http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/middleton-press-southern-in-bookshop.html