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Interesting Facts about Ramsgate

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In 449AD, the Anglo Saxons landed and settled in Ramsgate. The Viking Ship ‘Hugin’ is on permanent display on the cliff top at Pegwell Bay. It is a replica of a Viking ship which sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of the invasion of Britain, the traditional landing of Hengist and Horsa and the betrothal of Hengist's daughter, Rowena, to King Vortigen of Kent.

In 597AD, England's first Christian missionary St Augustine landed in Ramsgate. St Augustine's Cross, which marks the event, is to be found just west of Cliffsend, while the church bearing his name, designed by celebrated architect Augustus Pugin, is situated on the town's Westcliff.

Ramsgate was a main embarkation port from the UK during the Napoleonic Wars. On one occasion 40,000 troops embarked from the town.

In 1821, King George IV named our harbour 'Royal', making it the only Royal Harbour in the UK.

Ramsgate, during WWI, was branded as the most bombed seaside town in the UK.

Ramsgate was a major contributor towards the rescue of the troops from the Dunkirk Beaches, during WWII. Assisted by the Sundowner.

Ramsgate, during the WWII, protected the residents within the underground tunnels, which are nearly 4 miles long, with a capacity to hold 60,000 people. Ramsgate is unique in the world for having these tunnels.

The first international Hoverport in the world was at Pegwell Bay in Ramsgate.