Welcome to Sandwich
As close as you’ll get to a living museum, Sandwich was once England’s fourth city (after London, Norwich and Ipswich). It’s a fact hard to grasp as you wander its drowsy medieval lanes, ancient churches, Dutch gables, crooked peg-tiled roofs and overhanging timber-framed houses. Once a port to rival London, Sandwich began its decline when the entrance to the harbour silted up in the 16th century, and this once-vital gateway to and from the Continent spent the next 400 years retreating into quaint rural obscurity. Preservation is big here, with huge local interest in period authenticity. The tiny 100-seat cinema is preserved as an art deco museum piece and the 1920s garage deals more in classic cars than modern vehicles. Within the town’s historical core, unlisted buildings are the exception.