Sandgate, Kent

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Sandgate Castle.jpg
Sandgate Castle
Sandgate is located in Kent
Sandgate shown within Kent
Population 4,639 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TR2035
Civil parish
  • Sandgate
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CT20
Dialling code 01303
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°04′26″N 1°08′43″E / 51.074°N 1.1454°E / 51.074; 1.1454Coordinates: 51°04′26″N 1°08′43″E / 51.074°N 1.1454°E / 51.074; 1.1454

Sandgate is a village in the Folkestone and Hythe Urban Area in the Folkestone and Hythe district of Kent, England. In 2004, the village re-acquired civil parish status.

The civil parish shares the boundaries of Folkestone Sandgate ward, at 2.17 km2 (0.84 sq mi). It had a population of 4,225 at the 2001 census.[2] It is the site of Sandgate Castle, a Device Fort. H.G. Wells lived at Spade House, and it was also the birthplace of comedian Hattie Jacques.

The Morcheeba song "The Sea" is written about the beachside bar 'Bar Vasa'. Sandgate Hotel appeared on the Channel 4 programme Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on 27 February 2006. Other pubs include The Ship Inn, The Providence Inne, The Clarendon Inn and The Royal Norfolk Hotel.

Sandgate was an urban district from 1894 to 1934 (having previously been part of Cheriton parish). It was added to Folkestone in 1934.

The Sandgate branch railway line was opened in 1874 and closed to passengers in 1951. Little of the infrastructure now remains, but it is still possible to see the remains of a tall overbridge at the bottom of Hospital Hill.

Sandgate has become known for Dave the Dolphin, seen out in the bay between Folkestone and Hythe.

Sandgate is the location of the Shorncliffe Redoubt, a Napoleonic era earthwork fort associated with Sir John Moore and the 95th Regiment of Foot, known as the 95th Rifles.

St Paul's Church lies next to the Saga building, which is built on the site of Embrook House.

Sandgate Primary School lies on Coolinge Lane between the Folkestone School for Girls and Eversley College. The old school building is located in the village on Sandgate Road close to Spade House.

Folkestone Rowing Club is in Sandgate.

There are a number of pubs in Sandgate, including The Ship, The Providence Inne and The Earl of Clarendon. Inn Doors opened on Aug 28th 2015. This is a micropub offering local beers and ciders.

The Hub bicycle shop closed in 2014. Its premises have now been split between the Loaf coffee shop and the Ship Inn. As of Sept 2015, the half now managed by the Ship was undergoing refurbishment.

The Brisbane suburb with the same name is named after the town. There is also a Brisbane suburb called Shorncliffe, which is adjacent to Sandgate.

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Usual Resident Population (KS01) : Folkestone Sandgate Ward Retrieved 22 August 2010

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