A famous battle that occurred in Sandwich in 1457 was reenacted as part of The Medieval Fayre.
There was ab Anglo-French Medieval encampment on the Quay Green. Visiting French Medieval re-enactors Les Chevaliers du Comte de Boulogne pitched up their tents alongside English Tents.
In medieval times and before, Sandwich was a main Kent and UK port, it was and still is, a principal Cinque Port. Before the River Stour silted up, the river was wide and deep enough for great sailing ships.
The first recorded mention of Sandwich was around 664 AD but there was probably some kind of settlement in Roman times as the site is very close to Richborough Roman Fort (Rutupiae).
The name of the town is, most likely, Saxon in origin, approximately meaning sandy place, or the place on the sand. The word sandwich as an item of food came into being centuries later.