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Pictures across the Bay – and a short history of the area


Some pix I took a couple of miles further around the coast heading towards Deal and Dover. These were taken from Prince Edward Promenade just past Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour ( the only Royal Harbour in the country), looking across Pegwell Bay towards Sandwich and Richborough. There is a lot of history here. Saint Augustine came across to England arriving at Minster a few miles away. To the right and out of sight is Pegwell Bay. Hovercraft used to have a Hoverport here using the SRN4 type, crossing the English Channel to France. Sadly it went out of business about thirty years ago. Pix below

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The first picture shows the hovercrafts used, the second shows the derelict port, which is as it is today. It was turned into a nature reserve. K-nex in the early ’80s wanted to set up a factory and distribution centre here, but the local council turned them down. In the background is Richborough Power Station. This coal powered station went out of business about twenty years ago. Last year these towers were demolished, its on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-w9q864a7E . In the video you will see a small wind turbine. This was an experimental one erected I think in the mid ’80s. I haven’t researched that. I know someone who used to drive past it and for years thought it was a sculpture of a seagull. I kid you not. Richborough Power Station has the ruins of Richborough Castle, a Roman Fort, behind it.

Which brings me to the next set of pix. Below are a few pix looking across Pegwell Bay to Richborough and Sandwich. In the pictures are two daylight views of the area. Followed by early evening views. Richborough Power Station in the centre, to the right the silhouette of the experimental wind turbine and to the left Pfizers. Where Viagra was discovered. Pfizers, Sandwich, closed down a couple of years ago, leaving a skeleton staff. Businesses are coming into the area, Pfizers left most of their labs, etc, intact.

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This brings me to the experimental wind turbine. This is the Isle of Thanet, when you look at the east kent coast, Thanet is the part that sticks out almost due east. Over the past few years three wind farms have been erected around the north kent coast. Foreness Point, Botany Bay, Margate, then west to Whitstable and finally the largest wind farm in the world, the London Array. Below is a pic of the one off Foreness Point, Botany Bay.

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Some people have a problem with wind farms blighting their views. I don’t. I look along the roads and see telegraph poles, telephone wires, street lamps. I look across the fields and see electricity pylons. We have become used to looking through them and enjoying the views anyway.

I look on wind farms as sea forests. I have been trying to think of names for our three sea forests off the north kent coast, but as yet haven’t come up with anything worthwhile. They are here to stay and I would rather look on them as forests of the sea than moan about them. I suspect they are becoming a haven for wildlife under the water as well. They begin collecting detritus, animals begin to move in to feed off it, so on and so on. We cannot live off fossil fuels forever, we cannot continue with nuclear power for much longer. We need to accept alternative energy supplies must be used. 

A few more historical facts about Thanet. Isle of Thanet means the Isle of the Dead. There are about eight times more burial sites per square kilometre in Thanet than the national average for England. The bouncing bomb used in WWII was tested at Reculver. Below are the ruins of Reculver Castle, nothing obviously to do with the testing of the bomb….

To the right is the north sea. Behind the camera is Minnis Bay, Thanet.

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Charles Dickens lived in Broadstairs, Thanet. There is a Dickens festival every year. There is a Shell Grotto in Margate. The cave has been lined with sea shells. Thousands upon thousands of them. There is an issue about the date it was done, some say it was done a few thousand years ago, others a few hundred. Quex Park, holds important wildlife from Africa in their Powell-Cotton Museum. The chap used to go all over Africa shooting things. But what he also did was meticulously note everything down about each animal he shot. Where, when, etc. In recent years his collection has been used to re-introduce animals close to extinction in Africa. His meticulous note keeping allowed each hide he brought back to be used in relation to its DNA to help bring back near extinct animals . I could go on to be honest. Margate was the very first seaside town, for tourism and bathing.

Last but not least Manston Airport. The most bombed airfield in WWII. After the war USAF were stationed here from 1950 – 1958.  The US crews weren’t impressed with the Canadians who were based here during the war. They placed pipe bombs around all the buildings in case the Germans landed and didn’t remove them when they left after the war.

More recently, Manston’s Runway was an emergency runway for the Space Shuttle.

So there you have it. I thought I would share a few pix from some of my picture folders I’ve collected and I end up giving  a short history lesson on the Isle of Thanet and St. Augustine, Viagra, Space Shuttle, Hovercraft. Not to mention painters and writers.

It is always worth finding out about your local history. It is always interesting. I leave you with a picture of a Comma Butterfly and a Great Crested Newt, taken over the past couple of months. Enjoy.

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