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St George's Church, Ramsgate
Point 4 - Pews and pupils
This part of the walk takes you through the centre of town and up to St George's church with its impressive and newly renovated lantern tower.
Number 15 Harbour Street
As you wander up the pedestrianised Harbour Street look out for the hairdressers at number 15. This is the oldest building in Harbour Street.
Continue along Harbour Street past Hardres Street and into the high street. Walk as far as Church Hill on the right hand side and turn up here towards St George’s Church.
St George's Lantern Tower
As you approach the church you'll notice the high tower topped with the very impressive octagonal stone lantern which has recently been renovated at a cost of £1, 240 000. Restoration work began in January 2001 and the last scaffolding pole was
If it is open, go inside to see one of its treasures, the Dunkirk Window commemorating evacuation of Dunkirk. If it is not open you can see a postcard of the window here.
The window depicts ships setting out from the harbour, troops wading out from Dunkirk beach, a nurse attending the wounded at Ramsgate station and troops receiving communion.
The Dunkirk stained glass window
Our old friend Sir Billy Biscuit was a treasurer of the church and, although his body was buried in the crypt of St Mary’s in Wanstead there is a memorial plaque to him and Lady Curtis in the Lady Chapel.
Take a wander right round the church for great views of the tower and from the back. On the way round have a look over towards the grand looking buildings beyond the high wall and fence on the left if you're walking clockwise.
Chatham House School
Since the 1944 Education Act it has been a state grammar school with famous old boys including ex-Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath who died in July 2005 and Sir William Wratten who led the RAF in the first Gulf War.
last updated: 06/03/2008 at 14:22