Bungalow Tea Rooms

WP563 Sunbeam Photo Margate, Cliftonville, Bungalow tearoom

This walkie is clearly a more organised affair than most. Probably the group of firends were approached on the walkway near-by in the usual way by the cameraman but arranged to have a full group shot all in a line, so needed space to sort themselves out before walking toward the camera. The location is easily recognisable by the ornate lattice cupola, which crops up in many walkies taken by Sunbeam in Margate.  This was in the grounds of The Bungalow Tea Rooms in the Cliftonville area, above Palm Bay.  Sunbeam seem to have had a kiosk in part of the building for a time too.  The grounds also had a small open air dance area just to the right of the photo. This rather nice postcard view below shows the complex in it’s heyday, and the walkie people were more or less exactly where the three children are playing in the postcard.  The only unanswered question of course is why “Bungalow”?  I’m guessing, but there does seem to be an older single storey building on the right which may have been the original bungalow prior to all the extensions. It was needless to say all demolished in the 1970s. There is more about Sunbeam on the site, and if you put Sunbeam into the search box on the right, several other cards will be shown.

Cliftonville-Bungalow-Tea-Room Margate Sunbeam walkies

The card was loaned to me by Ellen Ryan in America, along with others taken by the firm. Some will appear in the Going Home On A Postcard book. Thanks to Ellen for her help on this project.

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