Sandwich: Finishing my crusts

After my last three posts about this town in Kent, I thought I had more or less played it out. However, I have now decided to add the final photos, those omitted from the previous posts, for reasons of space, or interest. These will be the last ones, I promise.

Three rooftops. This shows the metal cupola of St Peter’s Church. Taken from a distance, it also shows the distinctive styles of rooftops in the town. One tiled, one made from stones, and the metal church roof. Like all the other photos that day, it would have looked so much better, had the weather been a little nicer.


This circular room above what is now a gift shop looked suitably nautical. I wondered what it might look like inside.


Holy Ghost Alley looks very much like the sort of alley where you might well encounter a ghost.


This house dates from 1774, and is called Serpentine Cottage. Despite the 18th century construction, it is very much in the late Tudor style. It must have been the house of someone wealthy or important at the time.


This addition to St Peter’s church is in the style know as ‘Dutch Gable’, so is probably 17th century, much later than the original church building.


That is the last post about Sandwich, with all the photos I am happy to add to the blog. I am very pleased that so many of you have enjoyed these, and hope that this final collection is similarly well-received.

All the photos are large files, and can be enlarged by clicking on them. I am happy to report that they have retained a considerable amount of detail, even at maximum resoluiton.

26 thoughts on “Sandwich: Finishing my crusts

  1. Reblogged this on beetleypete and commented:

    The last of the four posts about the historic town of Sandwich,from 2015. They do benefit from enlarging them, as you can see fine detail. This reblog may be of interest to my more recent followers.


  2. I always enjoy your architectural posts. And it definitely was The Bell where we broke for lunch on our drive from or back to London – which means I only missed seeing you, Julie and Ollie by 8 years in the space-time continuum….


  3. Pete, I greatly enjoyed all the photos. Of course, Sandwich does inevitably invite humorous wordplay:

    “Why can a man never starve in the Great Desert?”
    “I don’t know. Why?”
    “Because he can eat the sand which is there.”
    “But what brought the sandwiches there?”
    “Why, Noah sent Ham, and his descendants mustered and bred.”

    Such jokes have nothing to do with the town, of course. But since you brought up bites, nibbles, and the finishing of crusts…


  4. So nice to see you finish your crusts! Your titles have made me smile. I wonder if you saw the carvings on a building in the centre of town on Market Street – sort of modern day gargoyles – and if you knew anything about them? The building has the date MCMLXXXII so not old even though it looks it (1982)


  5. I’m curious: how many people live there now? Do young people stay or do they head to larger cities? Here in the US, one of our biggest problems is that: young people see no future in small towns – nice write up and pics as always!


    1. Hi John.
      Around 24% of the population are under 25 years of age.45% are aged from 25-64, and the rest are older than that. It is close enough to Canterbury and Ramsgate to commute to work, school, or college. It is also possible to get a train to London, though it is a tiresome journey for those that do. Unemployment is less than 3%, and higher education figures are in excess of 44%, which is above the national average. Total population figures are relatively small, around 5,000 people. (By comparison, Beetley is much smaller, yet has 1,300 residents.) House prices in Sandwich are high for the region, and most people there are affluent, with a higher than national average AB demographic.
      My conclusion is that youngsters there have better chances than many others in Kent and the south-east generally. They come from well-off families, and have a better opportunity for higher education than many of their peers.

      Hope that answers your question? Best wishes, Pete.


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