20th Century Onwards
/ 20th Century Onwards
Ramsgate has had its share of both World Wars In WWI it had the dubious honour of
suffering the first air raids, from Zeppelins, when much damage was suffered.
It would also have acted as an 'out port' to the new 'secret port' of nearby
Richborough, constructed from scratch to serve as a supply base for the army at
the front in France.
In WWII Ramsgate acted as a main port for the rescue of troops from Dunkirk. As
the conflict continued the harbour played a significant naval role in the
protection of Channel shipping and rescue. Today the harbour is given over to
small fishing vessels and yachting marinas in both the inner and outer harbours
whilst a new port, constructed outside and to the west of the old Royal
harbour, handles ferries operating daily sailings to Ostend in Belgium.
Ramsgate as a seaside town, like many around the country, no longer entertains the
hordes of visitors who once came for a week or two beside the seaside. Instead,
whilst Ramsgate still welcomes visitors, most come to enjoy the area as part of
a wider touring holiday - or maybe for a long weekend. Many of these are
genuinely surprised to discover what a wonderful town Ramsgate is with its
architecture and history. The town is becoming recognised for its abundance of
good Regency, Georgian and Victorian properties set around a variety of their
A little secret of East Kent.