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Historical
Kingsgate - a Brief History

Researched and written by Bob.
All photographs - Bob.

How Kingsgate got its name:
In 1683, on a sea voyage, King Charles II was caught in a storm and was landed at what is today Kingsgate. On his way to higher ground he passed through a 'Gate', to celebrate his safe landing the King ordered that the gate be renamed the "King's Gate".
(Gate: either an old term denoting a gap in the cliffs or referring to a stone archway and wooden gate(s) built in such a gap).

Kingsgate Castle
(Pictured below) built in 1760 by Henry Fox, 1st Lord Holland, originally as a stable block and as staff accommodation for Holland House.
In the early 1900s it was extensively altered and enlarged to much as it appears today.

Another resident was John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury.
As an MP he introduced many bills including the one that led to the establishment of Bank Holidays. He died at this castle on May 28th, 1913.

Today, the property is divided into private flats.

Kingsgate Castle - front view
Kingsgate Castle - viewed from Kingsgate Bay

The Captain Digby
This Public House began its life as the stable block of Bede House and was developed into a hostelry shortly after the main house fell into the sea.
A tunnel, now blocked and once used for smuggling, led from the Digby's cellar into a cave below at Kingsgate Bay.
The Captain Digby Public House

Neptune's Tower
A folly, apparently built by Lord Holland. Located some distance behind the Captain Digby public-house, on the edge of the golf course.
Pictured below, left.
Pictured below, right - an internal view.

Neptune's Tower
Neptune's Tower - internal view

A view (pictured right) from the top of the track leading to the beach under Neptune's Tower.

For a view from the beach and more information on this track, including an alleged haunting ...... SEE HERE.
Trackway





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