Westbrook, Kent

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Westbrook
Westbrook Royal Esplanade.JPG
Royal Esplanade
Westbrook is located in Kent
Westbrook
Westbrook
Location within Kent
Population4,126 (2011)[1]
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMargate
Postcode districtCT9
PoliceKent
FireKent
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
List of places
UK
England
Kent
51°23′02″N 1°21′18″E / 51.384°N 1.355°E / 51.384; 1.355Coordinates: 51°23′02″N 1°21′18″E / 51.384°N 1.355°E / 51.384; 1.355

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, although the building is currently redeveloped into apartments. The row of shops opposite the hospital entrance includes Clarke and Crittenden. The Dog & Duck pub has been turned into offices for the Hospital Building site. Although a church still stands in the grounds, it is redundant and currently unused.[when?]

History[edit]

All Saints Church in Westbrook, Kent

Westbrook's parish church is All Saints Church, a Victorian era church standing on All Saints Avenue. The church was built in 1894 out of ragstone by a local architect, T. Andrews. The building uses lancet windows and Geometrical Tracery. The nave is clerestoried, with Lean-to aisles and a lower chancel The two-story southeast vestries were added in 1897 by E. S. Prior, and the southwest tower was added in 1909 by W. D. Caröe.

The ground story of the tower is ashlar dressed, while the top stage mixes Decorated and Perpendicular Gothic styles. Architectural historian John Newman observes the interplay between the smooth and textured surfaces of the tower as being "typical" of Caröe. The tower ends in a recessed tiled pyramid roof. In the east of the chancel there is stained glass of the Nativity, and in the west of the nave a stained glass representation of Te Deum, installed in 1910 by G. J. Hunt. Further glass was installed in the aisle windows from 1905 onwards, and signed by G. J. Hunt in the south as well as Percy Bacon in the north.[2][3][4]

Demography[edit]

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%

At 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.[5]

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.[5]

Notable people[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Margate Ward population 2011". Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  2. ^ Newman 2013, pp. 440
  3. ^ "All Saints, Westbrook, Kent". Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints, Thanet  (Grade II) (1281623)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2008.