Ramsgate Brochure

WHAT WE DO

The Society was formed in 1964 to save valued historic buildings from demolition and has continued to campaign for the town’s architectural heritage. Today the Society works with schools, community groups and charities on activities that include tree planting, litter picking, landscaping, town planning and design, signage, transport, parking, wildlife, nature, sport and leisure, coastal issues and public talks. The Society is a partner in the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone created by Historic England in 2017using the town’s heritage assets to support Ramsgate’s economic and cultural regeneration.

THE SOCIETY AIMS TO BENEFIT THE CURRENT AND FUTURE CITIZENS OF RAMSGATE BY:

* Protecting and improving their quality of life, including their economic and social well-being;

* Encouraging high standards of architecture and planning in Ramsgate

* Protecting and enhancing the quality of the built and natural environment, and the public realm

* Promoting the history and heritage of the town

* Encouraging civic pride and active citizenship

* To pursue these objectives by means of campaigns, meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, other forms of instruction and publicity and the promotion of projects of a charitable nature.

THE SOCIETY STIMULATES PUBLIC INTEREST IN, AND CARE FOR THE BEAUTY, HISTORY AND CHARACTER OF THE TOWN AND ITS SURROUNDINGS.

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Romans, Saxons, Jutes and St Augustine all landed in Pegwell Bay, close to a cleft in the chalk cliffs that later became Ramsgate. First a fishing harbour, then a port of refuge protecting the main maritime route to London and later a garrison town in the Napoleonic wars, Ramsgate was awarded “Royal Harbour” status by George IV in 1821.It remains the only Royal Harbour in England to this day. The Royal Harbour (Grade 2 Listed) with its pioneering self-draining system is largely two centuries old and contains within its arms, mooring platforms for fishing fleets, a marina for leisure craft, a lighthouse showing water depth, a classical Clock House sitting next to the Smeaton Dry Dock, an obelisk recording royal patronage, a powder store and a sailors’ church and refuge for orphans who worked at sea. Its vessels have serviced channel traffic for centuries and now service huge offshore 21st Century wind farms. Georgian terraces now occupy cliffs where Roman villas once stood. The West Cliff has Augustus Pugin’s Shrine to St Augustine. The East Cliff boasts Edward Pugin’s Granville hotel. Overlooking the harbour is Albion House where Victoria stayed as Princess. Later as The Queen she purchased Frith’s painting ‘Ramsgate Sands’ that promoted the English affection for the seaside and made Ramsgate a hugely popular destination for the aristocracy and high society. The Ramsgate Society believes that such a heritage must be protected for future generations and works to preserve the best of our past while seeking to ensure high standards for the present and future.

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pdf.png Ramsgate Society Brochure 2020
Date 2020-10-27 File Size 1.02 MB Download 25 Download

I am pleased to report that The Society has had another very active year and I set out below some of our activities over the last twelve months.

Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) Heritage Action Zones recognise those towns where historic buildings and places have the potential to play a significant part in the economic and social regeneration of the area. Ramsgate was given Heritage Action Zone status by Historic England in 2017. 

During the last twelve months the Ramsgate Society has continued to play a key role as a member of the HAZ Project Team. The Team consists of the Project Manager (Louisa Hrabowy) together with representatives from Historic England, Ramsgate Town Council, The Ramsgate Society and TDC.

Projects under way include an Historic Landscape Characterisation Study of the whole of Ramsgate, a Ramsgate Gazetteer to be published this year, and an exhibition using archive images and local artwork exploring Ramsgate’s heritage. The review of the Ramsgate Conservation Area is almost completed and the report will be published later this year. Other projects are in the pipeline.

We will continue to work closely with Historic England over the remaining three years to ensure that the Ramsgate HAZ project is a success for the town.

Read the rest of the report in the document below

pdf.png Chairman's Report - 2019 AGM HOT
Date 2019-06-02 File Size 25.56 KB Download 390 Download

The Society was formed in 1964 to save valued historic buildings from demolition and has continued to campaign for the town’s architectural heritage. Today the Society works with schools, community groups and charities on activities that include tree planting, litter picking, landscaping, town planning and design, signage, transport, parking, wildlife, nature, sport and leisure, coastal issues and public talks. The Society is a partner in the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone created by Historic England in 2017 using the town’s heritage assets to support Ramsgate’s economic and cultural regeneration.

THE SOCIETY AIMS TO BENEFIT THE CURRENT AND FUTURE CITIZENS OF RAMSGATE BY:

1) Protecting and improving their quality of life, including their economic and social well-being;

2) Encouraging high standards of architecture and planning in Ramsgate

3) Protecting and enhancing the quality of the built and natural environment, and the public realm;

  • 4) Promoting the history and heritage of the town; 3 Encouraging civic pride and active citizenship;

  • And to pursue these objectives by means of campaigns, meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, other forms of instruction and publicity and the promotion of projects of a charitable nature.


THE SOCIETY STIMULATES PUBLIC INTEREST IN, AND CARE FOR THE BEAUTY, HISTORY AND
CHARACTER OF THE TOWN AND ITS SURROUNDINGS.

Below, you can find the minutes and agendas of our AGM.

pdf.png 2019 AGM Minutes
Date 2020-10-19 File Size 55.5 KB Download 27 Download

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pdf.png Ramsgate Society Membership Form October 2020
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Trees Appeal

50trees

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ramsgate Town conservation area. To celebrate this the Ramsgate Society would like to plant 50 trees within the conservation area for future generations to enjoy. 

If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Irene, or donate to our fundraising campaign.

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