1748 saw the paper by Dr Russell on the efficacy of Sea Water published. Benjamin Beale put a Dignity or Modesty Hood on the Bathing Machine. The rich and famous travelled to Margate by Stagecoach or the Hoy, which took up to 3 days to travel from London. Up to 30,000 people descended on Margate to “Take the Waters”, for health reasons, and the town developed to accommodate this increase in population. This saw the development in the 1770’s which included the building of the Theatre Royal, Cecil Square and Hawley Square and Meregate joined with St John’s Parish to form Margate.