This walk will tell you of the history of Sandgate and you will hear of some of the famous residents who once lived here. Sandgate has been of military importance since the 13th century due to its strategic position on the coast opposite France and you will hear how this has influenced the village’s history. Once the haunt of smuggling gangs, Sandgate became a fashionable place to visit and convalesce from the 1700’s onwards. Much of the diverse styles of architecture in the village date from the 1800’s, a time when it was rapidly becoming more popular, particularly so with writers and, notably, by HG Wells who lived here for 12 years after convalescing here. Our walk will first take us to St Paul’s Church, and then on to Arnold House, one of the houses that HG Wells lived in. Close by is Sandgate Castle, where you will hear of its history and enormous military importance through the centuries. Smuggling was rife all along the south coast in the 1700-1800’s and Sandgate was no exception. At this time, the Castle and other Martello Towers in Sandgate were used for the accommodation of the King’s Men who tried, but usually failed, to catch them. Back in Sandgate High Street, we will stroll along the length of the main shopping area and see the fascinating buildings, many of which have been occupied with famous people in the past. At the end of the High Street is Sir John Moore’s statue. Facing the cliffs, it looks towards the Shorncliffe Barracks, which he established in the early 1800’s. Then we will walk back to the War Memorial along the seafront, in the footsteps of the rich and famous who once took the sea air and bathed in the “health-giving salt water”. For those who would like to discuss the walk afterwards, we can have refreshments in the local coffee shop.