The Kentish Coast

The Kentish Coast
Title: The Kentish Coast
Release Date: 2019-02-15
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THE KENTISH COAST

DOVER CASTLE: THE WHITE CLIFFS OF ALBION.

THE
KENTISH COAST

BY
CHARLES G. HARPER

“Kent, in the commentaries Cæsar writ,
Is termed the civil’st place of all this isle:
Sweet is the country, because full of riches;
The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy.”
King Henry the Sixth (Second Part).

London: CHAPMAN & HALL, Ltd.
1914


PRINTED AND BOUND BY
HAZELL, WATSON AND VINEY, LD.,
LONDON AND AYLESBURY.


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CONTENTS

CHAPTER I
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DEPTFORD AND PETER THE GREAT 1
CHAPTER II
GREENWICH—THE ROYAL NAVAL HOSPITAL—THE “FUBBS YACHT”—THE GREENWICH WHITEBAIT DINNERS—WOOLWICH—THE “PRINCESS ALICE” DISASTER—LESNES ABBEY—ERITH—DARTFORD 15
CHAPTER III
STONE—GREENHITHE—NORTHFLEET—HUGGENS’S COLLEGE—ROSHERVILLE—GRAVESEND—SHORNEMEAD—CLIFFE—COOLING—THE HUNDRED OF HOO—THE ISLE OF GRAIN—HOO ST. WERBURGH—UPNOR CASTLE—STROOD 31
CHAPTER IV
ROCHESTER AND CHATHAM—BROMPTON—GILLINGHAM—GRANGE—OTTERHAM QUAY—LOWER HALSTOW—IWADE 57
CHAPTER Vvi
SHEPPEY 67
CHAPTER VI
THE CAPTURE OF JAMES THE SECOND—FAVERSHAM 88
CHAPTER VII
MILTON-NEXT-SITTINGBOURNE—SITTINGBOURN—OLD INNS—MURSTON—LUDDENHAM 94
CHAPTER VIII
GOODNESTONE—GRAVENEY—SEASALTER—WHITSTABLE AND THE OYSTER FISHERY 103
CHAPTER IX
HERNE BAY—RECULVER—WANTSUM—SARRE 116
CHAPTER X
THANET’S CORNFIELDS—MONKTON—MINSTER-IN-THANET—BIRCHINGTON—QUEX PARK—WESTGATE—DANDELION 130
CHAPTER XI
MARGATE 144
CHAPTER XII
KINGSGATE—THE NORTH FORELAND—BROADSTAIRS—ST. PETER’S 156
CHAPTER XIIIvii
RAMSGATE 167
CHAPTER XIV
PEGWELL BAY—EBBSFLEET—THE LANDINGS OF HENGIST AND OF ST. AUGUSTINE—RICHBOROUGH 177
CHAPTER XV
SANDWICH 188
CHAPTER XVI
WORTH—UPPER DEAL—DEAL—THE GOODWIN SANDS 214
CHAPTER XVII
THE DOWNS AND THE DEAL BOATMEN 240
CHAPTER XVIII
WALMER CASTLE—KINGSDOWN—ST. MARGARET’S BAY 256
CHAPTER XIX
DOVER—THE CASTLE AND ROMAN PHAROS—“QUEEN ELIZABETH’S POCKET-PISTOL”—THE WESTERN HEIGHTS 270
CHAPTER XX
THE CHANNEL PASSAGE—THE NATIONAL HARBOUR AND ITS STRATEGIC PURPOSE—SWIMMING AND FLYING THE CHANNEL 284
CHAPTER XXIviii
SHAKESPEARE’S CLIFF—SAMPHIRE—THE CHANNEL TUNNEL—COAL IN KENT—THE WARREN 298
CHAPTER XXII
FOLKESTONE—THE OLD TOWN AND THE NEW— DICKENS AND “PAVILIONSTONE”—SANDGATE 308
CHAPTER XXIII
SHORNCLIFFE CAMP—THE ROYAL MILITARY CANAL —HYTHE—ROMNEY MARSH—THE MARTELLO TOWERS—THE “HOLY MAID OF KENT” 319
CHAPTER XXIV
NEW ROMNEY—SMUGGLING DAYS—BROOKLAND— FAIRFIELD—SMALLHYTHE 344
CHAPTER XXV
LYDD—DUNGENESS—CAMBER-ON-SEA 359
INDEX 371

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Dover Castle: The White Cliffs of Albion Frontispiece
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Deptford Green: St. Nicholas’ Church and Church-house 7
Greenwich Hospital 17
The “Old Fubbs Yacht,” Greenwich 19
Ingress Abbey 33
Tilbury Fort 37
Curious old Boat-cottage at Chalk 39
Shornemead Battery 41
Cliffe Battery 42
Cooling Castle 43
The “Charter,” Cooling Castle 45
Graves of the Comport Family, Cooling: “Like Chrysalids” 46
Stoke 49
St. James Grain 51
Upnor Castle 55
The Medway: Rochester Castle and Cathedral 61
The Medway: Hoo Forts 63
Upchurch 65
Lower Halstow 67
Minster-in-Sheppey 73
Tomb of Sir Robert de Shurland, Minster-in-Sheppey Church 76
Harty Church: Faversham in the Distance 83
Late Fourteenth-Century Chest, of German origin, carved with representation of a Tournament, Harty Church 85
The Town Hall, Faversham 90x
Faversham 92
The Church, Milton Regis 95
The Town Hall, Milton Regis 97
Sign of the Adam and Eve, Milton-next-Sittingbourne 99
Luddenham 101
Whitstable: The Old Lighthouse and the Oyster Fleet 111
Herne: The “Smuggler’s Look-out” 120
Reculver 123
The Wantsum Ferry 126
St. Nicholas-at-Wade 128
Minster-in-Thanet Church 133
The Waterloo Tower, Quex Park 139
Dandelion Gateway 141
From the Palimpsest Brass, Margate Church 147
Kingsgate 157
The North Foreland Lighthouse 158
Broadstairs: York Gate 163
Broadstairs 164
Thanet as an Island, showing the Wantsum. From an ancient map 185
Fishergate, Sandwich 189
The Town Hall, Sandwich 211
Upper Deal 215
The Quaint Foreshore of Deal 221
The Goodwin Sands: “A dangerous flat and fatal” 236
The East Goodwin Lightship 238
Walmer Castle 258
Entrance to Walmer Castle 259
Walmer Castle, from the Sea 262
St. Margaret’s Bay 263
Westcliff 268
Dover Castle
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