Members of The Garrow Society were invited by the Ramsgate Society to officially unveil the Blue Plaque marking for posterity William Garrow’s former home at Pegwell Lodge, Ramsgate, Kent. Bryan Gibson and John Hostettler were present at a lively event which was well attended by the media.
Garrow’s marine villa, also known as Pegwell Cottage, must have been an interesting place in Garrow’s day, and it remains an intriguing place to visit today. It is located at the edge of Pegwell village on the chalk cliffs immediately south of Ramsgate. With the surf and then the ocean floor exposed at low tide, with a view of France in the distance on a clear day, it is very much an experience of being at the edge of the ocean. Alma Beaty, the owner, operates a caravan park on the property. It is a working business and is therefore open to the public.
A Revolutionary for Criminal Justice
High on chalk cliffs with a stunning panorama across the natural beauty of Pegwell Bay in Kent, lies an old marine villa. Like its vista across the Bay it was once striking but is now in a state of rapid dilapidation. Its owner is Mrs Alma Beaty, a feisty lady in her eighties, who claims the local council offered her a grant towards the restoration of the house some five years ago. However, this is denied by the council. Nonetheless, the house has historical associations which fully justify a grant and needs to be more widely known.