Friday, 12 September 2014

Ramsgate embraces it’s heritage through Heritage Open Days

Ramsgate’s historic buildings are opening this weekend as part of Heritage Open Days (11-14 September). Our events celebrate and open eyes to the stories of architect AWN Pugin, banker and philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore and Thanet’s oldest church St Laurence.

AWN Pugin, designer of the interior of the Houses of Parliament and of St.Stephen’s Tower (Big Ben) is one of our most illustrious past residents. He lived in Ramsgate for the last 10 years of his life, at the period when he ‘reconfigured’ the concept of the perfect family house. He built his home The Grange and church St Augustine’s next door, which were for him the most important of all that he built in his short but dramatic and impactful life (1812-1852).

The Grange is open Friday 12 to Monday 15 September (10am – 4pm) and Tuesday 16 September (10am – 1pm)      

St Augustine’s Church is open each day (11-14 September) from 10am – 4pm.
There’s also a ‘PUGIN WEEK’ with events including:
Concert with The Victoria Consort on Saturday 13 September (7.30pm)
Midday Sung Mass on Sunday 14 September, the 162nd anniversary of Pugin’s death at the age of only 40. He is buried in the church.  OR                

Sir Moses Montefiore arrived in Ramsgate 1831 when he purchased a country estate with 24 acres on the East Cliff of town; the property had previously been a country house of Queen Caroline when she was still Princess of Wales. He lived in Ramsgate until his death in 1885.

Ramsgate Montefiore Synagogue & Mausoleum is open on Sunday 14 September (10am – 3pm)
Sir Moses’ resting place and his family’s private synagogue are open courtesy of the Montefiore Endowment as part of the European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage.

St. Lawrence Church and its Tower is open on Saturday 13 September (10.00 am - 6.00pm). 
During the day there will be:
Tower Tours to view Ramsgate and beyond at 11.00 am, 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm.
Tour of the Grade 1 listed church (12 noon) and open choir practise (3.30 pm)

If you want a day or a weekend out, there’s lots to discover in the town, and special events which show the character of this friendly, busy seaside town. Over the same weekend, one of the most historic streets, which was the town’s shopping centre in the Victorian era, becomes a mass of stalls, entertainment and family fun with the Addington Street Fair on Sunday 14 September from 10am onwards.

For news of what’s on and how to find out more, visit or and the town’s facebook page at Ramsgatetown.

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