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Former Smack Boys' Home

A Grade II Listed Building in Ramsgate, Kent

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Latitude: 51.3301 / 51°19'48"N

Longitude: 1.417 / 1°25'1"E

OS Eastings: 638138

OS Northings: 164544

OS Grid: TR381645

Mapcode National: GBR X0L.K33

Mapcode Global: VHMCW.HTZQ

Entry Name: Former Smack Boys' Home

Listing Date: 30 October 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376868

English Heritage Legacy ID: 171989

Location: Ramsgate, Thanet, Kent, CT11

County: Kent

District: Thanet

Civil Parish: Ramsgate

Built-Up Area: Ramsgate

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Listing Text

TR 3864 NW
(Military Road)
13/353 Former Smack
Boys' Home
Former smack boys' home. 1881. Stock brick with red brick pilasters,
dressings and parapet and ashlar dressings. Slate roof. Three storeys on
plinth with string courses, pilasters, mock machicolations and battlements.
Five cross-windows on 2nd floor and 5 glazing bar sashes on 1st floor with
pointed arched surrounds and tile-hung tympana. Four paired segmentally
headed glazing bar sashes on ground floor. Double half-glazed and panelled
doors with traceried fanlight to left in moulded arched surround. Mosaic
band at 1st floor inscribed: The Ramsgate Home for Smack Boys Founded 1881.
Two storey and attic extension to left, with strings, battlements and
glazed arcaded attic storey, with 3 cross windows on 1st floor and 3
glazing bar sashes in arched surrounds on ground floor. The smack boys
were apprenticed to the fishing smack skippers of Ramsgate (often the other
4 members of the crew besides the skipper himself were all smack boys), there
were 50 registered smacks here in 1863, 168 in 1906. The home was the result
of pressure put on the Board of Trade by Canon Brenan, Vicar of Christ Church,
Ramsgate. No other British fishing port appears to have copied this unique
facility. (See Busson, Cap.3, Matkin, Maritime Thanet).

Listing NGR: TR3813864544

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