Thanet, Isle of

Thanet, Isle of

(thăn`ĭt), former island forming the NE portion of Kent, SE England, bounded by the North Sea and branches of the Stour River. The isle was occupied by the Romans, who had a fort guarding the Wantsum, the channel that once separated the isle from the mainland. Silting and land reclamation have since joined the isle to the mainland. The surface is generally low, but cliffs form part of the shores. Most of the towns, which include RamsgateRamsgate
, 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.
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, MargateMargate
, city (1991 pop. 53,137), in the Isle of Thanet, Kent, SE England. It is a seaport with light industries and, since the late 18th cent., a popular resort, especially for Londoners. Of interest is the Church of St. John the Baptist (partly Norman).
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, and Broadstairs and Saint Peter'sBroadstairs and Saint Peter's,
town (1991 pop. 23,400), Kent, SE England. The town is in the region known as the Isle of Thanet. It is a residential area and resort and was once a retreat of Charles Dickens, whose residence there is called Bleak House.
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, are seaside resorts.
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