Ramsgate (rămzˈgĭt) [key], town (1991 pop. 36,678), in the Isle of Thanet, Kent, SE England. Ramsgate is a resort and yachting harbor. The town began as a fishing settlement, and extensive trade with Baltic ports developed early in the 18th cent. Queen Victoria lived there as a young princess. Examples of Regency architecture are prevalent. During World War II troops that were evacuated from Dunkirk (1940) landed at Ramsgate. Caves in the cliffs provided bombproof shelters during the war.

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