Shell Grotto at Margate-In 1835 Mr James Newlove lowered his son Joshua into a hole in the ground that had appeared during the digging of a duck pond. Joshua emerged describing tunnels covered with shells. He had discovered 70ft of winding underground passages leading to an oblong chamber, its walls decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells. Nobody can explain who built this amazing place, or why.

Shell Grotto at Margate-In 1835 Mr James Newlove lowered his son Joshua into a hole in the ground that had appeared during the digging of a duck pond. Joshua emerged describing tunnels covered with shells. He had discovered 70ft of winding underground passages leading to an oblong chamber, its walls decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells. Nobody can explain who built this amazing place, or why.

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The Shell Grotto - Margate, UK; 70ft of winding underground passages leading to an oblong chamber, its walls decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells. Is it an ancient pagan temple? A meeting place for some secret cult? Nobody can explain who built this amazing place, or why, or when.

The Shell Grotto - Margate, UK; 70ft of winding underground passages leading to an oblong chamber, its walls decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells. Is it an ancient pagan temple? A meeting place for some secret cult? Nobody can explain who built this amazing place, or why, or when.

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In 1835, young Joshua Newlove fell down a hole and inadvertently discovered Margate’s Shell Grotto. Seventy feet of underground tunnels lead to a chamber decorated with arcane symbols made entirely from sea shells. And the purpose of a cave studded with over four million shells mosaicked into phalluses, stars and flowers? Nobody really knows.

In 1835, young Joshua Newlove fell down a hole and inadvertently discovered Margate’s Shell Grotto. Seventy feet of underground tunnels lead to a chamber decorated with arcane symbols made entirely from sea shells. And the purpose of a cave studded with over four million shells mosaicked into phalluses, stars and flowers? Nobody really knows.

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from the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes - margate - alex chinneck - photo stephen o'flaherty

from the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes - margate - alex chinneck - photo stephen o'flaherty

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The Cupcake Cafe, Margate

The Cupcake Cafe, Margate

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