30 May, 2019

Nine of Ramsgate’s historic gems gain listed status

Nine of Ramsgate’s historic gems – from a 1950s 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) on the advice of Historic England, in recognition of their historic, architectural and cultural importance.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, 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.”

Cllr Ash Ashbee, Deputy Leader Thanet District Council, said: “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.”

Historic England has also upgraded a grand Edwardian villa to Grade II* – in 1932 the home was inherited by Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills, the first female mayor of Ramsgate. She was the patron of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton who was a frequent visitor to the house.

A number of places in Ramsgate have also been ‘relisted’ in light of their newly-recognised significance – the result of Historic England’s research and work with the Heritage Action Zone partners. The relistings include Ramsgate Fire Station on Effingham Street, the former Granville Hotel, the Royal Victoria Pavilion, and a series of five Pulhamite structures. These artificial large-scale rock formations were designed to beautify the seafront, and built in several stages by the council between 1893 and 1936.

The listings are part of Ramsgate’s Heritage Action Zone. The project aims to bring together Ramsgate’s rich maritime heritage and architecture with new investment and development to boost the economy for the local community and support the town’s regeneration.

The town was one of the first places in the country to be given Heritage Action Zone status – a scheme led by Historic England that is breathing new life into old places that are rich in heritage, unlocking their potential and making them more attractive to residents, businesses, visitors and investors.

For further information on the listings, visit Historic England.

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