The Sunken Gardens in Margate were designed and laid out during the 1930s during the Depression and are linked to the Royal Esplanade by a double staircase - steps to the upper terrace, then steps to the lower lawns and the formal sunken grass ‘pools’, according to Originally it featured lush beddings, but these have been replaced by hardy coastal shrubs to withstand maritime conditions, having survived both neglect by war and the decline in seaside popularity.

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