Walter Parsons ThomasShingle End
Coastguard cottages at Shingle End
Walter Parsons Thomas was born a week before Christmas in 1857 in one of the coastguard cottages at Shingle End,
Worth/Sandwich Bay, Kent. These cottages and adjacent buildings, including a Chief Coastguard Officer's house and
two lifeboat houses, were converted into the Sandwich Bay Wireless Station in 1912.
Photo: Sandwich Bay Wireless Station,
Photo: One of the lifeboat houses at
Shingle End, Sandwich Bay,
29 Dec 1906
Two coastguard stations
There were two sets of coastguard cottages:
- One located in the Sandwich Bay Estate, comprising several white houses with a battery. A few houses still
remain to this day, and include a small outbuilding called the 'mortuary'.
- A second coastguard station, about half a mile further north, on the site of the Princes Golf
Links, is the place where WPT was born. The old photograph above is of the second set of cottages, and
shows two lifeboat houses; one attached to a white house and a second one behind the terraced coastguard
dwellings where WPT was born.
Old maps of Shingle End: 1877-98
Old maps of Shingle End show a rough outline of terraced
dwellings (the cottages) and the location of the Shingle End Coastguard Station with flagpole. These images are
best viewed when accessing the Old Maps website directly. Coordinates: 635000 : 160600.2
1. Two old photographs were kindly supplied by Ray Harlow of Sandwich.
2. Old Maps: