Sandwich Local History Society

Sandwich Guildhall Court Room

Want to know more about the historic Cinque Port of Sandwich?
The Sandwich Local History Society offers guided tours of the historic town, publishes books on its history and holds events and talks throughout the year.
If you have a question about our medieval town we can point you in the right direction for your research drawing on our members’ knowledge and the extensive records in the Sandwich Archives..

Town Tours

Sandwich Town Tour

Let our local guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the narrow twisting streets of our medieval town, one of the original Cinque Ports.
Whether you are organising a trip for schools, societies or groups, or you are a family on holiday, our tours are a great way to see the sights and appreciate some of Sandwich's history.

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Lectures & Talks

Sandwich Event Poster

Sandwich Local History Society

Sandwich Town Tours

Bookings and for more details to arrange a tour please contact:
Mike Elmes - 07773 335 612 email:

A road sign near Sandwich

Sandwich Local History Society Schools

Sandwich is much more than the place that gave its name to the “meat between two slices of bread” that John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, reputedly requested more than 250 years ago.

Sandwich still has many original medieval buildings, old town walls, Norman churches, almshouses, the unique Delf water supply, the working White Mill and although no longer a major port, the river Stour quayside.

Bringing local history lessons alive for young students

Sandwich Local History Society Tours

Local history is back on the school curriculum and the Sandwich Local History Society is keen to encourage youngsters such as these pupils of Sandwich Junior School to explore the subject on their door step – the most complete medieval town in England, Sandwich.

From the British Film Institute -

A 9 minute Film made in 1934 "Curiosities of Sandwich" - a delicious portrait of Sandwich, photographed by Fred Ford.