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T. S. Eliot's Margate shelter listed

The seaside shelter where T. S. Eliot wrote part of The Waste Land has been given listed status

The Nayland Rock promenade shelter in Margate was given Grade II-listed status on the advice of English Heritage with support from playwright Alan Bennett and poet laureate Andrew Motion.

Eliot wrote the rough draft of The Waste Land sitting in a shelter by the sea front, according to a letter he sent to novelist Sydney Schiff.

The poet visited Margate for three weeks in the autumn of 1921, recovering from a mental breakdown.

‘It is a handsome late Victorian/Edwardian seaside shelter and has a very important historical association with T. S. Eliot,’ said Peter Beacham of English Heritage.

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