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Church of St George

A Grade I Listed Building in Ramsgate, Kent

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Latitude: 51.3361 / 51°20'9"N

Longitude: 1.4179 / 1°25'4"E

OS Eastings: 638166

OS Northings: 165212

OS Grid: TR381652

Mapcode National: GBR X0L.59R

Mapcode Global: VHMCW.JPF4

Plus Code: 9F338CP9+C5

Entry Name: Church of St George

Listing Date: 4 February 1988

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1085430

English Heritage Legacy ID: 171693

Location: Ramsgate, Thanet, Kent, CT11

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Ramsgate

Built-Up Area: Ramsgate

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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TR 3865 SW
(east side)
9/64 Church of
St George
Parish church. 1824-27, originally by Henry Hemsley, continued with alter-
ations by H.E. Kendall. Interior restored 1884 by William White. White
brick and stone dressings with slate roof. Nave with aisles, chancel with
vestries, west tower with western porches to nave aisles. Pre-archaeological
mixture of Gothic styles. Tall west tower of 2 stages with octagonal
lantern connected by flying buttresses to parapet and pinnacles. Triple
offset angle buttresses on moulded plinth, with string course. Two light
belfry openings with crocketted ogee hoods, and traceried panels below
containing clockfaces. Three light reticulated and perpendicular-mix west
window. Western, south-west and north-west doors with perpendicular style
panelling in massively crocketted ogee hoods, with stiffleaf capitals to
attached columns (i.e. Early English style), with flights of steps, the
western doorway especially grand with rails, footscrapers and swan-neck iron
lamp standards. Gabled western porches with Perpendicular tracery (integral
with doorways). Nave with triple lancet clerestory lights (i.e. C13 style)
Geometric 2 light aisle windows (i.e. C14 style), offset buttresses on
plinth, battlements and pinnacles to aisles and nave roof (i.e. C15 style).
Shallow canted apse for chancel, with buttresses and battlements, with tall
perpendicular style lights, octagonal flanking turrets and doubled chimney
stacks, with low brick vestries at ground level (in part extensions of
1884). Interior: 8 bay nave arcades, with lofty moulded arches on clustered
columns, with clerestory windows carried down by panelled bases on string
course. Ribbed vaulted roof. Crocketted chancel arch with flanking
panelled arches. Galleries to aisles with blind arcaded sides, on cast iron
columns, with plastered roofs on moulded and braced cross beams. C19 fittings
by White, early C20 chancel screen. Wall painting on west wall, From
Darkness To Light, 1885 by Henry Weigall (a resident of Ramsgate - Southwood
House). Stained glass 1961 by A.E. Buss. Cost of Church given as £32000
(Busson) or £23,034 (B.O.E.). £13000 given by church commissioners (£9000,
B.O.E.), £3000 by citizens of Ramsgate, £1000 by Trinity House who used
(and still use) the tower as a landmark (as was Holy Trinity Margate before
destruction). Despite the mixing of styles (probably a result of the
change of architects early on) and thin details, the building is well above
the Georgian Gothick norm. (See B.O.E. Kent II 1983, 425-6; see also Busson,
Ramsgate, 38, 40, 78 and 136.)

Listing NGR: TR3816765213

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