Sandgate is a village near Folkestone in England. HG Wells (1866-1946) lived at Sandgate and it was also the birthplace of comedienne Hattie Jacques.
Sandgate spans 2 & 1/2 kms of Kent coastline between Folkestone and Hythe. It fringes the English Channel and clusters beneath steep wooded slopes. Here you will find an area teeming with naval, military and social history and a village with a fascinating mix of architectural styles.
Sandgate Castle looking west
Enjoy a stroll along the sea wall, or explore the network of byways and woodland paths with panoramic views across the Channel. Rowing, fishing, bathing and cycling are also popular.
Centre of the South East antiques trade, Sandgate also welcomes you to rest and savour its pubs, cafes, fish and chip or gourmet restaurants. Sandgate's charm is much as Cobbett saw it on his Rural Ride Through Kent in 1823 - 'A beautiful little place upon the beach itself'.
The Morcheeba song "The Sea" is written about the popular beachside bar 'Bar Vasa'. The Sandgate Hotel appeared on the Channel 4 programme Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on February 27, 2006.
Historically, Sandgate was once a little bastion against invasion (Pigots 1840 - Sandgate &c). Today, six gaunt Martello Towers on the heights, a peaceful Castle on the pebble shore, the lure of the French cliffs clear in the evening light, the Channel Tunnel not far off, remind us that those days of strife are over.
On the administrative side, in 1934 Sandgate is merged reluctantly with Folkestone Borough Council, absorbed in Shepway District Council in 1974. Despite modern expansion, Sandgate proudly guards its identity and its sense of history. Through the efforts of The Sandgate Society, two large Conservation Areas (designated 1972) now help to protect a fascinating mix of architectural styles.
Economically, Sandgate has always adapted to changing times and needs. Its rise and progress clearly stem from the late 18th century days of shipbuilding for George 111's Navy. With the Napoleonic menace, the growing presence of the Military at Shorncliffe Camp (est 1794), brings life and trade to the village; lodgings, inns and taverns are in demand. When peace returns, it flowers as a select and serene little watering place long before Folkestone or Hythe. The revival of the Camp in the days of Imperial rule spurs the economy. Then post World War 11, Sandgate develops as the South-east centre of the Antiques Trade.
Sandgate was an urban district from 1894 to 1934 (having previously been part of Cheriton parish). It was added to Folkestone in 1934. It re-acquired a parish council in 2004.
Sandgate is also famous for Dave the Dolphin - Click on the picture to find out more.
Dave the Dolphin - playing hard to get
CHRONOLOGY of SANDGATE
Extract of: 'Rise and Progress of a Village' by Linda Rene-Martin
Sandgate looking east to Castle
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