Why an official donkey stand?
On the shore side of the Parade is a small paved area known as the Donkey Stand. When the public holiday was introduced in 1871, the owners of the donkeys used for carting the shellfish catch, with an eye to making a bit of extra money, re-employed them on this day to give rides to children between here and the South Slip – hence the name.
Today there is seating here and a variety of interpretation boards. At times of the highest tides the RSPB man an information centre here for those who come to spot the birdlife, which is so abundant on these occasions.
This projection in the sea wall was constructed as a deviation from the original line, because at the time when the wall was built there was a building already standing here on the shore. It is said to have been the original Parkgate customs house; it later became Parkgate’s first Assembly Room and, finally, sea-water baths (hot & cold), before demolition in about 1840.