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Ramsgate Station (British Rail)

A Grade II Listed Building in Ramsgate, Kent

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Latitude: 51.341 / 51°20'27"N

Longitude: 1.4062 / 1°24'22"E

OS Eastings: 637325

OS Northings: 165718

OS Grid: TR373657

Mapcode National: GBR X0D.VQG

Mapcode Global: VHMCW.BK7C

Plus Code: 9F338CR4+9F

Entry Name: Ramsgate Station (British Rail)

Listing Date: 4 February 1988

Last Amended: 11 July 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1086060

English Heritage Legacy ID: 172019

Location: Ramsgate, Thanet, Kent, CT11

County: Kent

District: Thanet

Civil Parish: Ramsgate

Built-Up Area: Ramsgate

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Tagged with: Railway station

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Ramsgate Station (British Rail)


Railway Station. 1924-6. The architect is thought to have been Edwin Maxwell Fry, chief assistant to J. R. Scott, Chief Architect to Southern Railways. Stock brick with terracotta details and tiled roof. Large central hall with flanking quadrant wings, each of 5 bays with glazing bar sashes and boarded doors. Centre block with projecting centrepiece with 3 full height semi-circular headed windows, with bolection moulded surround and console key stone. Dentilled moulded cornice and parapet to centre piece. Parapet gabled roof. Simple glazed canopy across whole of ground floor frontage with boarded doors in each arch and in flanking sections to main block. Canopy hung from iron ties with cross-scrolled centre pieces. Four escutcheons initialled "S" (for Southern Railway) between arches on main block. Interior: elliptically vaulted booking hall occupying main space, with ticket offices, canteen and toilets in ancillary wings (the Gentleman's at least with original fittings). Moulded window surrounds, door frames, wall panels and Railway and Town Coats of Arms.

Ramsgate is one of a series of 3 similar stations (Margate and the demolished Dumpton Park) all 1924-6. In 1923 E Maxwell Fry joined the Architect's Department of the Southern Railway as its chief assistant. Margate reflects Fry's classical training under Charles Reilly at the Liverpool School of Architecture, and his absorption of classical detailing and planning is the clue to this station's special qualities. Fry went on to loudly embrace the international modern style, one of the first British-born architects to do so. He later became coy about his years with Southern Railways and the true significance of these buildings has only recently been recognised.

Listing NGR: TR3732565718

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