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Unless otherwise shown all pictures on this website were taken by the Webmaster Robert Holden.  If you have something you would like to contribute relevant to the River Stour we would be pleased to hear from you.       

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A dip into the Minute Book of the Commissioners meetings of long ago.

Copperplate handwriting at its very best!

See here.

Minutes past

Sandwich Swing Bridge still inoperative!

See NtM here


to the website of the Sandwich Port and Haven.

The Sandwich Port and Haven is a Trust Port managed by the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners for the safe benefit of all Users / Stakeholders.  

Although the Port and Haven in its recognisable form has been around for over 200 years, the

activities of the Haven go back as far as Roman times.  

Sandwich - the entry port to the British Isles for 1000 years - and Richborough before that.

- by raid and by trade.

More under the HISTORY tab.

Seal pictures  with

thanks to Russ Miles.  

Site update 19th February 2019


A rare opportunity has arisen for the post of Part Time

Haven Master

for the Port and Haven of Sandwich - a Trust Port.

Part time means something in the region of 200 to 300 hours per year keeping an eye on what takes place on the river and upholding The Haven Byelaws.  A knowledge of the river would be desirable, but training / familiarity on it’s peculiarities will be given.  Good interpersonal skills are required in engaging with the many and varied Stakeholders from boat owners to business’s with a river connection, as well as the Nature Conservation interests on the margins and at the mouth of the river.

Persons who would like to  express an interest for this role should write to:

Mrs Andrea Kelly, Clerk to The Commissioners, Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners, Fishergate, The Quay, Sandwich, Kent  CT13 9EN.  

Or by email to:  

It is hoped that the new Haven Master will be in post in readiness for the coming summer season which is deemed to commence at Easter.

Expressions of interest are welcome from either Gender (sex).

Notices to Mariners