Pictures of Sandwich
Queen Elizabeth Ist was entertained here in a bid to gain her help to restore the harbour when it started to silt up and cause the towns fortunes to decline. The town had prospered from its natural harbour for centuries, and by the 13th-century Sandwich had become a major port. It is the oldest of the Cinque Ports, at one time these five ports were so powerful that only the church and the monarch were above them. Many Cinque Port treasures are retained in the town museum. Sandwich is now almost two miles inland but the Stour is navigable along a channel which winds out towards the open sea.
The town itself is pure enchantment and is said to be the most complete medieval historic town in the country. Its old medieval streets and alleyways, wind and twist at will and are crammed full of beguiling little cottages and houses, crowned with original 'kent peg' roofs, and there are no less than three ancient churches. The area surrounding St.Peters church was always lively and High Street to the east is considered to be the most handsome street, but the best houses are in the north-west corner of the town. Manwood Court, built of typical pale yellow sandwich brick, dates 1574. Sandwich has a number of imposing historic properties of note, all of which are beautifully preserved, especially the old medieval town which seems to have changed little since the time of the Domesday Book of 1086.
Of the three churches the church of St.Clement is a splendid church mainly of the 14th and 15th-centuries. It has a glorious, central Norman tower and a Norman doorway with carved decoration. The beautiful interior shows many church treasures and lovely windows.
Today, Sandwich is a thriving town which welcomes visitors from every corner of the world, they come for a variety of reasons, not least, the fine Royal St.George and Princes Golf Club which occupies much of the old beach. Sandwich bay offers excellent yachting facilities and other sea sports. Sandwich also has a Nature Reserve. There are fine cliff top walks with magnificent coastal and sea views. There are several historic inns in the town and surrounding countryside. There is so much to see and explore that a quick visit will not suffice. Sandwich makes an ideal base from which to tour this grand old Kentish region.
Other nearby recommended towns & villages..
a Seaside Town in the county of Kent(5.6 miles, 8.9 km, direction NE of Sandwich)
Ramsgate's harbour is constantly busy, this is known as a "Royal" harbour, made so by the landing here of King George IV in 1822...
a Seaside Town in the county of Kent(7.2 miles, 11.6 km, direction NE of Sandwich)
At almost every corner of this popular resort are reminders of the towns association with the famous novelist, Charles Dickens...
a Seaside Town in the county of Kent(8.3 miles, 13.3 km, direction N of Sandwich)
Traditional seaside resort which is famous for the invention of the covered bathing machine...
a Seaside Town in the county of Kent(10.3 miles, 16.6 km, direction S of Sandwich)
The white cliffs of Dover, the view that has stirred the hearts of English travellers for centuries...
a Historic City in the county of Kent(11.2 miles, 18.1 km, direction W of Sandwich)
Canterbury is an exquisite joyous place, it is submerged in history and is considered to be the birthplace of English Christianity. It glows with an abundance of charm, mostly.....All towns in KentComplete A to Z of towns in England
Nearby attractions.. (5.2 miles, 8.4 km, direction SW)
.. (5.8 miles, 9.3 km, direction SE)
The stone walls of Walmer Castle were put up in the 1530's at the same time as Sandown and Deal as part of a plan by the monarch..... (7.5 miles, 12.1 km, direction NE)
Bleak House, named after the novel is where Charles Dickens lived while he was writing David Copperfield and other of his works...... (9.4 miles, 15.2 km, direction S)
The current mill, built in 1812, is situated in the picturesque village of River, on the outskirts of Dover. There have been..... (9.5 miles, 15.2 km, direction NW)
Standing sheer on a dramatic headland the twin towered west front of the 12th-century Church of St. Mary at Reculver is the..... (10.0 miles, 16.1 km, direction S)
Dover Castle is a medieval castle that was founded in the 11th century and is the largest castle in England, often being..... (10.9 miles, 17.6 km, direction S)
The Western Heights in Dover are remains of fortifications built mainly during the Napoleonic Wars when England was under a real.....All attractions in SandwichAll attractions in KentComplete A to Z of attractions in England