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All about the Medieval Town of Sandwich in Kent

Sandwich Kent - Medieval Cinque Port

In medieval times and before, Sandwich was a main Kent and UK port, it was and still is, a principal Cinque Port. Before the River Stour silted up, the river was wide and deep enough for great sailing ships.

Today, the ships have been replaced by smaller craft, residential and visitors moorings, but the many ancient buildings make Sandwich one of the best preserved medieval towns in England.

Sandwich Origins

The first recorded mention of Sandwich was around 664 AD but there was probably some kind of settlement in Roman times as the site is very close to Richborough Roman Fort (Rutupiae).

The name of the town is, most likely, Saxon in origin, approximately meaning sandy place, or the place on the sand.
The word sandwich as an item of food came into being centuries later

Sandwich Barbican © Open Sandwich Design

With its ancient buildings, nature reserves, golf courses, delightful country pubs, cafés and restaurants, the medieval Cinque Port of Sandwich is a must to visit for the discerning tourist.

Sandwich is also surrounded by small picturesque villages, such as Eastry, Ash, Worth and Woodnesborough & within easy travelling distance are the nearby Canterbury, Margate and the Port of Dover.

More information about Places to Visit in Sandwich plus links to useful websites.

Sandwich Events

News & Events ...


Tours of Sandwich by the Local History Society

see the Main Events webpage


White Mill Heritage Centre
National Mills Weekend

see: Mills Weekend web page


Sandwich Town has its own Radio Station