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I have been exploring the coastline of the Hoo Peninsula from the outskirts of Gravesend all the way around to Hoo St Werburgh. An area described in ‘Thames: Sacred River by Peter Ackroyd’
‘It is wild – or, rather, it has traces of wildness about it. This is not the wilderness of nature, but the wildness of desolation. It is not a human place. You can walk along the river wall of the Hundred of Hoo for miles, between the river and the grass, without encountering anyone at all.’ or by Dickens in Great Expectations as a ‘dark flat wilderness intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it’ is now a mix of old forts and ruins, some dating back to the Napoleonic wars, sheep, semi-wild ponies, gravel works, a holiday camp, Power stations, gun ranges, hulks, bird sanctuary etc. My aim has been to walk the whole coastline and to document landscape and structures within it. The project started in February 2014 and will carry on into next year as I discover more of its strange beauty and the history of the area
An important source of information can be found in the following document
http://services.english-heritage.org.uk/ResearchReportsPdfs/021_2013WEB.pdf
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Keywords:Hoo Peninsula, Isle of Grain, MedwayThames, kent