Ramsgate, St Laurence in Thanet Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Among the most important memorials in the churchyard is the grave of Sir William Garrow (1760 - 1840), a prominent lawyer, barrister and politician, whose life was the subject of the BBC TV series 'Garrow's Law'. Garrow was responsible for the essential legal premise that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty.
One of the most interesting memorials is the D'Este Mausoleum, built by Augustus Frederick Murray for his mother, Lady Augusta Murray. Lady Augusta married the sixth son of George III in 1793. Her husband was named Duke of Sussex and was a favourite uncle of Queen Victoria. Within the mausoleum are Lady Augusta, her parents (the Earl and Countess of Dunmore), her son, her daughter and son-in-law (Baron Truro). Several local roads are named for the family, including D'Este Road, and, most famously, Augusta Steps.
In addition to these memorials there are several mass graves within the churchyard, dating from the Napoleonic Wars, when Ramsgate was a busy port and the town was filled with soldiers and sailors.
Free churchyard tours take place regularly throughout the year.
About Ramsgate, St Laurence
Address: High Street St Lawrence, Ramsgate, Kent, England, CT11 0QT
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: A very short distance from Ramsgate rail station, at the corner of High Street St Lawrence (A255) and Newington Road.
Photo Credit: Images courtesy of St Laurence church
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
St Augustine's Cross - 2 miles (Historic Building)
Minster Abbey - 3.6 miles (Abbey)
Minster-in-Thanet, St Mary the Virgin Church - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens - 4.2 miles (Museum)
Richborough Roman Fort - 4.3 miles (Roman Site)
Sandwich, St Mary's Church - 5 miles (Historic Church)
The Secret Gardens of Sandwich - 5 miles (Garden)
Sandwich, St Peter's Church - 5.1 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Ramsgate, St Laurence:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Thanet Visitor Information Service
The Droit House
Tel: 01843 577 577