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Sandwich, Kent

Sandwich is a historic town and civil parish on the River Stour in the Non-metropolitan district of Dover, within the ceremonial county of Kent, south-east England. It has a population of 6,800. It was one of the Cinque Ports and still has many original medieval buildings, including several listed public houses and gates in the old town walls, churches, almshouses and the White Mill. While once a major port, it is now two miles from the sea, its historic centre preserved.
DistrictDover
Post townSandwich
Administrative CountyKent
Traditional CountyKent
OS GridTR3358
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Ambulance AuthoritySouth East Coast
Dialling code01304
Population6,800 (2005)
 

Other names by which Sandwich, Kent has been known in the past

Mary St ~ Sandwic ~ Sandwitch ~ Sondwych ~ Sontric ~ St Mary

Sandwich, Kent in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Sandwich.-- mun. bor. and cinque port, Kent, on river Stour, 4 miles from the sea at Pegwell Bay, 13 miles N. of Dover, and 78 miles E. of London by rail - cinque port (including Fordwich, Deal, Walmer, Ramsgate, Sarre, and Brightlingsea), 6961 ac., pop. 35,627; bor., 706 ac., pop. 2846; 2 Banks. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Sandwich rose into importance as the ancient town of Richborough decayed from the receding of the sea. It was made a cinque port by Edward the Confessor; was the royal port for the navy from the Conquest until the time of Richard II.; and continued to be a port of great note until the reign of Edward VI., when the harbour became choked up with sand. Since 1847 the harbour has been improved, and trade has consequently revived. Shipbuilding is carried on to some extent; and there are brewing, malting, tanning, oilmaking, and the manufacture of coarse linens. Sandwich returned 2 members to Parliament until 1885, when it was disfranchised.

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