Saturday 20 December 2008

Ramsgate Then and Now

A new book by Vincent Runacre reviewed in this weeks Isle of Thanet Gazette, 96 pages, published by Tempus at £12.99 below the blurb from the back cover.

The seaside resort and well-known fishing port of Ramsgate has seen many changes over the last century. In this book the town's busy maritime centre, seafront and stunning architecture have been captured in a myriad of images depicting scenes of yesteryear along with contrasting images of contemporary views from over 100 years later. Archive postcards are compared with the same scene photographed by the author. Local landmarks such as Ramsgate Harbour and St Augustine's Abbey are included alongside seafront views and snapshots of everyday life, combining scenes reminiscing Ramsgate's heritage whilst celebrating the improvements that have taken place over time. As well as delighting the many tourists who have visited the town over the years, Ramsgate Then & Now will provide present occupants with an insight of how the town used to be, in addition to awakening nostalgic memories for those who used to live here.

Many thanks to the Gazette for telling me that they were going to review it so I could order extra copies in time.


  1. This is definitely one for my book shelf in the new year (though I look forward to his book on the Ramsgate tunnels even more!).

  2. A very well written book, though I am a bit miffed that Vince has beaten me to getting something published !!


Comments, since I started writing this blog in 2007 the way the internet works has changed a lot, comments and dialogue here were once viable in an open and anonymous sense. Now if you comment here I will only allow the comment if it seems to make sense and be related to what the post is about. I link the majority of my posts to the main local Facebook groups and to my Facebook account, “Michael Child” I guess the main Ramsgate Facebook group is We Love Ramsgate. For the most part the comments and dialogue related to the posts here goes on there. As for the rest of it, well this blog handles images better than Facebook, which is why I don’t post directly to my Facebook account, although if I take a lot of photos I am so lazy that I paste them directly from my camera card to my bookshop website and put a link on this blog.