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  • A Meander through the Medieval Streets of Sandwich in Kent

    A Meander through the Medieval Streets of Sandwich in Kent

    This curfew bell, sometimes referred to as the ‘pig bell’ was also a signal that animals could be released into the streets to graze on the rubbish that had accumulated in the streets during the day. A ‘goose bell’ would be rung at 5 in the morning as a signal that it was time to round up all the animals and take them home. Fortunately, for the inhabitants this tradition has been abandoned …

  • Discover the Delights of Deal on the Coast of Kent

    Discover the Delights of Deal on the Coast of Kent

    Before the advent of the steamship sailing ships would seek shelter in the stretch of water known as The Downs situated between the shore and the Goodwin Sands. As they lay at anchor waiting for favourable conditions to continue their journey the Deal boatmen would ferry supplies across the water to them. The locals also made money from the recovery of ‘slipped anchors’ – cut loose by ships in trouble on the sands – which they sold at auction ...

  • Margate and the Highs and Lows of an English Seaside Town

    Margate and the Highs and Lows of an English Seaside Town

    "On Margate Sands. I can connect Nothing with nothing. The broken fingernails of dirty hands. My people humble people who expect Nothing."  TS Eliot wrote this while convalescing in Margate ...

  • Ramsgate - Touched by Royalty and Saved by its Tunnels

    Ramsgate - Touched by Royalty and Saved by its Tunnels

    The Royal Harbour of Ramsgate in Thanet, Kent is a picturesque jumble of boats, buildings and arches. After enjoying the panorama from the road above I walked down Jacobs Ladder to the water’s edge. Jacobs Ladder was built in … The stairs emerge by the Sailors’ Church which is next to the old home of the Smack Boys. Both reflect the sea-faring heritage of the town.

  • The Royal Harbour Hotel and The Empire Room Restaurant in Ramsgate, Kent

    The Royal Harbour Hotel and The Empire Room Restaurant in Ramsgate, Kent

    Ramsgate in Kent is second only to London for its Georgian. There are over four hundred of these beautiful houses many of which have been designated Grade 2 listed buildings due to their architectural value. Listed buildings are restricted regarding changes made to the structure of the building. Nelson Crescent is a whole row of listed Georgian buildings and in the middle of this crescent, overlooking Ramsgate's Royal Harbour is the Royal Harbour Hotel …

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