Monday, 24 October 2016

Historical Study: The Construction of Ramsgate Harbour 1749 – 1985. Republished

We have just finished the republication of Robert Matkin’s book Historical Study No1: The Construction of Ramsgate Harbour 1749 – 1985. I think this was first published in around 1985 by the maritime museum.

I am sourcing and republishing their various historical reports on behalf of the maritime museum here in Ramsgate. This is the first one completed, for sale in our bookshop and on our website at 

It will also be for sale in the maritime museum, hopefully next week, although the museum isn’t open at this time of year, The Ramsgate Society are operating from the foyer.

The book 43 pages A4 is a pretty straightforward history of the harbour construction and maintenance, I have read it a couple of times in the various proof reading stages of resetting it from photocopied typewriter to printable digital file and it works well as a local history book, getting the relevant information across, precise and concise sums it up really.  

Book No. 172 in my range of local history publications and I think a good one, I would recommend coming into the bookshop here in Ramsgate and having a browse of it.


THE HARBOUR — 1749 – 1850              1
1749 to the suspension of work in 1753                        1
The suspension of work 1755 – 1760                        6
1760 – 1774                        7
John Smeaton 1774 — 1762                        8
Construction of basin and sluices                        8
Samuel Wyatt 1793 — 1807                        12
John Rennie 1807 — 1821                        16
Sir John Rennie 1821 — 1850                        17

THE HARBOUR — 1851 — 1985              20

THE DRY DOCK             26

THE CLOCK HOUSE          35
The Meridian Line                        38

BIBLIOGRAPHY                43

Also another four old Ramsgate pictures

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