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Romney Marsh: The Fifth Continent

Romney Marsh: The Fifth Continent

The World, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh. (Rev. R Barham, writing as Thomas Ingoldsby, in The Ingoldsby Legends,1840s) Ever since, the marsh has been referred to as ‘The Fifth Continent’. Thanks to  Cliff Bloomfield for this article. Backdrop to Romney Marsh 10,000 years ago the … read more …

First posted in Romney Marsh on 2nd October 2009
Last updated: 28th November 2012
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Decline of Rye’s Harbour

Decline of Rye’s Harbour

Why did it decline? In the 13th century there occurred a series of violent storms spread over 100 years. These storms destroyed the town and port of Old Winchelsea that stood south of Rye (a site probably about half a mile out to sea); this was to the advantage of Rye. The shore line disintegrated … read more …

First posted in Rye's Harbour on 12th February 2009
Last updated: 28th November 2012
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Smeaton’s Harbour

Smeaton’s Harbour

This prize-winning photo of the remains of Smeaton’s Harbour is by Kevin Bailey (courtesy of The White horse Photography Club – www.whitehorsephotographyclub.co.uk). An Unfair Name Smeaton’s Harbour is a modern but misleading (and unfair) name for the New Harbour of Rye, an expensive 18th century project which aimed to join the waters of the Rother, Tillingham … read more …

First posted in Rye's Harbour on 9th February 2009
Last updated: 4th March 2013
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Rye’s Harbour in Tudor Times

Rye’s Harbour in Tudor Times

Map photo courtesy  Walktheworld (Royal Geographical Society) Note:  this series of articles are about the old port of Rye at the confluence of the Rother, Tillingham and Brede Rivers.  Rye Harbour is a separate community nearer the sea developed in the 19th century. A Port of 300 Ships By Tudor Times (1485-1603), Rye had a … read more …

First posted in Rye's Harbour on 6th February 2009
Last updated: 28th November 2012
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