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The Kent coastal village so beautiful it’s known simply as ‘The Bay’

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Original article from Kent Live

Situated on the Romney Marsh is a beautiful village that locals know simply as 'The Bay'.

It is home to long golden beaches – pebble and sand – stretching for miles in either direction.

Like so many places along the south Kent coast, its hey day was really in the 1950s and 60s when it was a popular destination for holidaymakers.

But as with so many things in life – perhaps influenced by the pandemic too – things appear to be going full circle.

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Caravan sites have long been dotted all around the Romney Marsh coastal area where St Mary's Bay sits.

And it is an old beach side campsite in the village that perhaps best symbolises its resurgence.

A plaque proudly tells the story of the Rugby Clubs Camp incepted in 1899.

Well-meaning, wealthy Rugby School members purchased the site and used it to provide disadvantage children from London with a holiday by the sea for over a century.

Spiralling maintenance costs meant it was sold in 2016, although funding for holidays for those disadvantaged youngsters has continued.

Now the site is home to a growing number of high-end holiday lets.

The wooden lodges at "Cabu" are beautiful – and there are more under construction as well as new hot tubs, a swimming pool, and an outdoor bar area.

"Cabu" is an expanding site of high-end holiday lets

It's another sign of how popular the British coastal scene is becoming once again.

Yet another is the huge properties you pass going up Coastal Drive and backing onto the seafront promenade.

Elsewhere however, there are signs of the market forces that have had such an impact in recent years.

The main road and shops

Like so many places, much of the village itself is cut off from the seafront by the main road.

Shops, bars, pubs and clubs that were said to be so prevalent once have reduced greatly in number.

Another symbol of decline is The Springs, also located near the beach.

The Springs was once a country club

Once a home for children with learning and behavioural difficulties in the 1980s, it then became a hotel and country club in the 1990s.

It then became sheltered housing accommodation, before falling to its present state – unoccupied, derelict and protected with security measures to prevent it being targeted by squatters or vandals.

Down the very same road are some of the huge, gated properties mentioned earlier, making for a striking contrast.

There are several huge, gated houses in The Bay

It's clear that changeable demand from the travel industry and property market seems to have affected the community more than most.

One thing that won't change are The Bay's golden beaches, and the twinkling turquoise water beyond.

The beach

For residents of Kent at least, they will always be worth a visit.

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