Grade II listings for former HSBC Bank and Stanleys Goldsmiths in Ramsgate

The former HSBC Photo Historic England

The former HSBC Bank and the Stanleys Goldsmiths shop in Ramsgate town centre have been given a Grade II listing by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), on Historic England’s advice.

Historic England reassessed Ramsgate’s key buildings as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone and recommended these two be granted listed status.

A further four buildings in Harbour Street, which are already protected, will have their official entries updated on the National Heritage List for England to include a fuller description of their architectural and historic significance.

There are now 451 listed buildings and structures in Ramsgate. These range from the stone ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ steps from Military Road up to Royal Parade built in 1826, to the 18th-century glasshouse in the King George VI Memorial Park.

Photo Historic England

The former HSBC at 1-3 High Street was designed in a neoclassical style and built in 1921 for London Joint City and Midland Bank. As one of several purpose-built banks in the centre of Ramsgate in the decades either side of 1900, the building helps to convey the history of the town’s expansion.

6 Harbour Street, formerly Stanley’s Goldsmiths until the owner’s retirement at the end of last year, was probably constructed in the early-mid 19th century. It is a good example of a shop from this period and its remodelling in the 1950s illustrates the evolution of high street retail architecture.

Photo Historic England

Sarah Gibson, Listing Team Leader at Historic England, said: “The High Street Heritage Action Zone gave us the opportunity to dig deeper into Harbour Street’s past and identity, and the buildings which make it such a special place.

“Older buildings bring a sense of character to the town centre and Ramsgate is certainly not short of character..

“When a building is listed it still has the capacity to change and be reused – it isn’t a preservation order – we look forward to seeing what will come next for these two important places.”

Rick Everitt

Thanet council leader Rick Everitt said: “Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone has helped us to highlight, and protect, Ramsgate’s unique heritage. The listing of these heritage buildings safeguards the character of Ramsgate’s town centre. Their new status as listed buildings ensures that they will be protected and preserved in the future.

“Tourism is hugely important to Thanet’s economy and our heritage assets and the stories around them add to our appeal. This is great news not only for Ramsgate, but Thanet as a whole.”

The Missing Pieces Project:

Jacobs Ladder, Photo Historic England

Uncover hidden histories and highlight overlooked stories

No single person or organisation knows the whole story of a place. Everyone with a connection to a place has their own unique piece of the picture. Historic England is inviting people to add their story about Ramsgate’s historic buildings to the Missing Pieces Project.

It could be a new photograph, your memories of visiting, or a family connection to a place. You can add photographs, drawings, audio, film, or text.

Everything you add is an important piece of the picture.

Become part of the Missing Pieces Project.

Find out more

To find out more about Ramsgate’s rich architectural legacy, Ramsgate: the town and its seaside heritage (Historic England, 2020) is available to download or purchase.


  1. It does rile me to see TDC crowing over the HAZ, when they did their damnedest to scupper the HAZ from the start, because they were not at the centre.
    Ramsgate is full of treasures such as various Jacobean and Queen Anne revival shops in the high street.
    All you have to do now Rick, is rip out all those inappropriate modern Street lamps in the various regency squares and put right some wrongs made by TDC and KCC 5 years ago.

  2. Labour Leader Rick Everitt crowing as you say George over Ramsgate’s unique heritage – this is the Councillor who lives in a ghastly neo Tudor home who has bust a gut to improve the value of his home by doing everything possible to support the building of the White Elephant that is Parkway. It was Rick and the Labour old guard(back in post) who are responsible for the quasi art deco flats at Ramsgate Sands completely upstaging Wellington Crescent and obliterating a fine view from the promenade when more architecturally sympathetic proposals were on the table. It is also his party who is backing the industrial expansion of the Port favouring the only aggregate company, Brett’s, in town, in it’s production of cement to smear all over Thanet’s green and pleasant land to remind him of the suburban sprawl in South East London where he spent his footie fanzine years. I have been here since 1991 and frankly one could argue that everything the council touches is another nail in the coffin of a genteel predominantly Georgian historic Royal Harbour and seaside resort. Much of the Royal Harbour is listed but the Council isn’t maintaining it. Pearls before swine.

  3. There’s no way the new flats can upstage Wellington Crescent, as their frontage-obviously- is only visible if you are on the beach, in the sea, or on the esplanade.

    Apropos the view from the promenade- the Granville Theatre has been spoiling rather a lot of it for several decades and is, in my opinion, a bleak and ugly building.

    As for Brett’s, they are not the ones who are building oversized developments on greenfield sites in Britain.

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