Ramsgate’s heritage recognised with official listings
Nine of Ramsgate’s historic gems – from a 1950’s Festival of Britain fountain to an octagonal seafront newspaper kiosk and a former 19th century wine merchants – have been granted listed status by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s chief executive, which approved the listings, said: “Ramsgate, once a small fishing village, has a wonderfully rich and interesting maritime and seaside resort history that is woven into its buildings, streets and squares. We’re delighted to have been able to uncover and shine a light on these places through the work with our Heritage Action Zone partners.”
Councillor Ash Ashbee, deputy leader of Thanet District Council, added: “Historic England research, as part of the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone, has really helped us to highlight the significance of Ramsgate’s rich heritage. This, alongside the training of local volunteers, is beginning to make a real positive impact on the local community.
“The listing of these wonderful heritage assets provides a further boost. These places have all played a significant part in the history of Ramsgate and listing ensures that they will be protected and preserved. Tourism is the lifeblood of this area, our heritage assets and the stories around them are a vital ingredient in our appeal. It is great news not only for Ramsgate, but Thanet as a whole.”
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