Site Visit to Sandwich, UK

The students of the MSc in Architectural Conservation recently explored the rich architectural heritage of Sandwich, one of the best preserved Historic Towns of the UK. Walking around the beautiful streets and alleys of the city we were able to trace its development from one of the flourishing Cinque Ports to the settlement of Flemish refugees in the 16th century. Sandwich has three wonderful medieval churches. We were particularly interested in the beautiful Norman Sculpture of St. Clement’s, and the complex fabric of St. Peter’s. The latter’s current form is the result of different phases of construction, including a drastic 17th-centurty repair. Having spotted the few traces of the city’s 13th and 14th century secular architecture, we examined the town’s rich timber-framing tradition and its wonderful Georgian townhouses. We were even able to have a look at the ‘Salutation’, one of the most beautiful country houses designed by Edwin Lutyens, which is not usually open to the public. All these explorations added together made for an inspiring and enjoyable day and an escape from the intense work of our students on their dissertations.

Sandwich has lost most of its pre-15th century secular buildings – this ruined house with chapel near Strand street is one of the few survivals of this period.
View of ‘The Salutation’ the Queen Anne-style country house designed by Edwin Lutyens


The Guildhall in Sandwich has preserved many original features of the interior of the 16th-century courtroom.