Using the latest map technology from Google it’s now possible to compare historical data with current satellite images, and also compare historical maps with each other to highlight changes to the town.
Information listed below has been overlaid on Google Earth, which is a free program available from the Google Earth web site. When you click on the links below a small file will download which contains links to online maps, pictures etc. and will automatically open Google earth if you have it installed. Some of the maps are quite large files and may take a while to download. Please be patient, the results will be worth it.
Currently available ... click title to download
Municipal Borough Boundary
1735 Plan of Ramsgate
1822 R. Collard & G. Hurst map
1849 G.M. Hinds map
1872 Ordnance Survey Map
1919 Richborough Port map
1923 Ordnance Survey (Manston area)
1947 Borough map
1956 Ordnance Survey map (West Cliff area)
Town Area pinned to their location
South Eastern Railway Line
SER Town Station Plan
SER Harbour Station Plan
London Chatham & Dover Railway Line
LCDR & SER Margate Stations Plan
Southern Railway Link
Southern Railway Ramsgate Station Plan
Manston Military Railway
Isle of Thanet Light Railway (Trams)
Location of Ramsgate Society’s Blue Plaques
WWII A.R.P. Shelters
Details of a scheme to accommodate 41000 people
All the above files in one folder (6 mb)
Make sure you have Google Earth installed before downloading the files. (see below)
Click on the small + next to each file to reveal options. Ticking the box will load the overlay file and clicking on the blue hyperlink will reveal more information. Double click to fast zoom to the feature.
WARNING ... when viewing the Maps, avoid ticking the box next to the “Map Overlays” title as it will download all map files at the same time, which may take a long time. Instead, expand the tree by clicking the + sign and select the maps individually.