Ramsgate - Touched by Royalty and Saved by its Tunnels

England, Ramsgate Guide (B): 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 Military Road above the harbour I walked down Jacobs Ladder to the water’s edge. Jacobs Ladder was built by John Shaw in 1826 to replace the original wooden staircase that was built around 1750. John Shaw was responsible for building most of the harbour including the lighthouse and the obelisk. The latter was dedicated to George IV for making Ramsgate a Royal harbour after he visited the town in 1821. He visited the town several times and was impressed by the hospitality he received there. The steps of Jacobs Ladder 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. Smack boys were the apprentices on the fishing smacks and Ramsgate was unique in its provision of its home to care for them. Later this building was used to care for rescued sailors, mostly from ships that went down on the Goodwin Sands. During the First World War it was used to look after survivors of the war. Today the church is open to the public and holds services during the summer months ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Ramsgate - Touched by Royalty and Saved by its Tunnels
Guide Location: England » Ramsgate
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Sailors’ Church   Clock House   Greenwich   Maritime Museum   Corby’s Tea Rooms   Micro Museum   Royal Harbour Hotel   Empire Room Restaurant   Ramsgate Tunnels   Saint Augustine   Royal Victoria Pavilion  
Author: Valery Collins
Read it on author's website: https://experiencedtraveller.com/journal/2017-05-07-ramsgate-touched-by-royalty-and-saved-by-its-tunnels