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Canterbury to Margate

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us and what remains of Bradshaw's Britain, as his journey goes through Kent, from London Bridge around the scenic south coast to Hastings.

Michael finds out how Canterbury Cathedral was saved during the Baedeker raids of World War II, goes whelk fishing in Whitstable and explores the origins of a seaside swim in Margate.

Release date:

29 minutes

Last on

Tue 2 Dec 2014 19:30


Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Portillo
ProducerFiona Caldwell
Executive ProducerCharlie Bunce

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A collection of programmes from the BBC archives on the beauty of steam locomotives.