An Act was passed by parliament, in 1749, giving approval for the construction of a new harbour at Ramsgate. Prior to that (dating back to Roman times) Ramsgate had been a very small fishing village, with only a wooden pier forming the tiny harbour. In 1820, King George IV embarked, with the Royal Squadron, at Ramsgate on his way to Hanover. In appreciation of the hospitality he received, he decreed that Ramsgate Harbour should have the right to add ‘Royal’ to its name. This status of Royal Harbour is unique in mainland Britain.
|Today, the town and Royal Harbour still capture the
hearts and imaginations of all who visit. The elegant and graceful
Victorian architecture, which sits comfortably alongside the much older
fishermen’s cottages, provides a beautiful backdrop to a vibrant modern
town. An award- winning beach and a variety of attractions and events
add further to the gaiety of the town.
Royal Harbour, Ramsgate
See also: www.ramsgatetc.kentparishes.gov.uk
ŠThe Confederation of the Cinque Ports (2011)