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T. S. Eliot's Margate shelter listed

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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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