Westbrook, Kent

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Coordinates: 51°23′02″N 1°21′18″E / 51.384°N 1.355°E / 51.384; 1.355

Westbrook Royal Esplanade.JPG
Royal Esplanade
Westbrook is located in Kent
 Westbrook shown within Kent
Population 4,300 (2001)
District Thanet
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
List of places

Westbrook is a Victorian seaside resort on the Thanet peninsula in the southeast corner of England. It is part of the ribbon development of the north Kent coast between Westgate-on-Sea to the west and Margate to the east.

Running through it is the main Canterbury Road where the Royal Sea Bathing hospital stands (now apartments). The row of shops opposite the hospital entrance includes Clarke and Crittenden. The Dog and Duck pub has been turned into offices for the Hospital Building site. Although a church still stands in the grounds it's not used.


Westbrook compared
2001 UK Census Westbrook ward Thanet borough England
Population 4,319 126,702 49,138,831
Foreign born 6.7% 5.1% 9.2%
White 97.8% 97.7% 90.9%
Asian 0.9% 0.9% 4.6%
Black 0.3% 0.3% 2.3%
Christian 72.9% 73.6% 71.7%
Muslim 0.3% 0.5% 3.1%
Hindu 0.3% 0.2% 1.1%
No religion 12.9% 15.9% 14.6%
Unemployed 3.5% 4.4% 3.3%
Retired 14.1% 17.5% 13.5%

As of the 2001 UK census, the Westbrook electoral ward had a population of 4,319. The ethnicity was 97.8% white, 1% mixed race, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% black and 0% other. The place of birth of residents was 93.3% United Kingdom, 1.4% Republic of Ireland, 1.6% other Western European countries, and 3.7% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 72.9% Christian, 0.2% Buddhist, 0.3% Hindu, 0% Sikh, 0.2% Jewish, and 0.3% Muslim. 12.9% were recorded as having no religion, 0.4% had an alternative religion and 12.8% did not state their religion.[1]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 37.4% in full-time employment, 11.9% in part-time employment, 11.1% self-employed, 3.5% unemployed, 2.5% students with jobs, 3.4% students without jobs, 14.1% retired, 6% looking after home or family, 6.8% permanently sick or disabled and 3.5% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 16% retail, 11% manufacturing, 7.4% construction, 8.8% real estate, 21.6% health and social work, 8.9% education, 5.8% transport and communications, 5.3% public administration, 4.9% hotels and restaurants, 2.9% finance, 1.1% agriculture and 6.3% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in health and social work, and a relatively low proportion in agriculture, finance and real estate. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 16.7% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.[1]

Notable people[edit]

  • Richard Davis (1966–2003), English cricketer who was born in Westbrook


  1. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2008-02-26.