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History of Littlestone

Littlestone acquired its name in the 19th century from a headland called Little Stone, formerly a nearby coastal feature. 

Sir Robert Perks _ a property developer – and a surveyor Henry Tubbs
started Littlestone in the 1880’s as a resort for the gentry. Initially they built a house for Sir Robert and a row of terraced houses to complement the Grand Hotel and a Methodist church. The two men laid out Littlestone golf course - a popular attraction, with Members of Parliament and Government ministers.


For a short time in 1928, the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway renamed New Romney station as ‘Littlestone-on-Sea’ in an attempt to emphasise their coastal locations.