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The Sailors Church, Ramsgate.

The Sailors Church, Ramsgate.
The Sailors’ Church and Harbour Mission, close by the foot of Jacob’s ladder was built in 1878 by Canon Eustace Brenan, vicar of the nearby Christ Church. He saw the need for spiritual guidance and physical help for the men and boys who made up the crews of the sailing smacks who fished out of Ramsgate in the nineteenth century. It was dangerous, arduous work, especially for the young apprentices who were called Smack Boys. When the apprentices were ashore, they were provided with some comfort in the rooms above the church and later, in the Smack Boys Home next door. The use of the home slowly changed to receiving sailors that had been rescued, mostly from wrecks on the Goodwin Sands. Later some 3,300 survivors of the First World War are known to have been fed, clothed, sheltered and medically treated there. Today the church offers the visitor a quiet place for rest, reflection, and prayer.

HFF Everyone have a safe weekend


Nouchetdu38, Love Song, Tacheles, Thorsten Aurin and 30 other people have particularly liked this photo

37 comments - The latest ones
Ruth club
It’s a great looking building John. Fabulous shot and info.
4 months ago.
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting Views
4 months ago.
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting History
4 months ago.
 Gilbert H
Gilbert H club
Belle construction !
4 months ago.
 Paulo Moreira
Paulo Moreira club
HFF John Lawrence
4 months ago.
Christa1004 club
This is really a most amazing church. HFF John.
4 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
A neat history lesson there - thanks John... have a good weekend.. and ''HFF'' from > Dj.
4 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Church and shelter in a single building - interesting information about it! HFF, John!
4 months ago.
 Sarah P.
Sarah P. club
Lovely building and fascinating history.
Of course, "Smack Boys" would have quite a different meaning nowadays.
4 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful architectural picture.
HFF and a sunny and healthy weekend.
4 months ago.
FotoArt club
Ein großartiger Bau mit einer christlich, sozialen Historie.
HFF - ein schönes Wochenende und auf das wir alle gesund bleiben.
4 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A fine old church with history. Many of our fishing villages had similar types old Missions looking after the lone sailors and boys. A great catch John. Well done.

HFF, enjoy the weekend.
4 months ago.
Xata club
Well spotted John, HFF
4 months ago.
tiabunna club
Interesting building and information, John. HFF and best wishes for the weekend.
4 months ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
Well part of history and certainly part of the local colour. HFF have a great weekend.
4 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
It would have been a very welcome relief from the hard life at sea, a sturdy building made to last, HFF John I hope you have a good weekend
4 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
HFF-John Mooi WE en Blijf Gezond!
4 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
HFF John. A gracious old building indeed. Have a great weekend
4 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Really an impressive old building, John - fine captured. HFF, wish you a nice weekend !
4 months ago.
LotharW club
HFF John, bleib gesund!
4 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Interesting narrative and a nice capture of this fine building John,
HFF and a good weekend.
4 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Superbe bâtiment bien capté !
Bon weekend. Amitiés
4 months ago.
 Nick Weall
Nick Weall club
Intersting building and thanks for the info ~ Hanwe
4 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
Lovely colour contrast between red and blue. HFF and a good weekend to you, John. All the best, Joe
4 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A very interesting building and an interesting text ! HFF, John ! Have a nice and healthy weekend !
4 months ago.
TOZ club
Looks a beautiful building John.
HFF have a great weekend.
4 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I like this shot a lot John. Great building and very well framed with the houses in the background.
HFF and good weekend.
4 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
Have a good weekend
4 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi John

A very nice picture,

Wonderful composition and framing

Best Wishes, HFF, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
4 months ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S. club
Lots of lives and stories went through this old building with its sharp color contrasts, John. Thank you for the interesting caption, too.

4 months ago.
Ecobird club
An attractive building and great notes John. HFF and have a good weekend
4 months ago.
trester88 club
Einen verspäteten HFF, John, und ein wunderbares Wochenende!
4 months ago.
gezginruh club
A beautiful picture,John!

Belated HFF and have a good Sunday!
Stay safe and healthy!

Best wishes
4 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
beautiful architectural shot !
4 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Magnificent capture! Stay well!
4 months ago.
Tacheles club
I recall that church very well. The interior is amazing.
It was on our way from the lovely Grange down to the harbour.
4 months ago.
 Love Song
Love Song club
HFF *_* J*******************************************************stay safe Jonh
3 months ago.

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