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The Hoo Peninsula Landscape

Front cover The Hoo Peninsula Landscape

Paperback by Sarah Newsome, Edward Carpenter, Peter Kendall


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The Hoo Peninsula is located on the north Kent coast 30 miles east of Central London. This book raises awareness of the positive contribution that the historic environment makes to the Hoo Peninsula by describing how changing patterns of land use and maritime activity over time have given this landscape and seascape its distinctive character.

It uses new information, which involved historic landscape, seascape and farmstead characterisation, aerial photographic mapping and analysis, area assessment of the buildings, detailed survey of key sites and other desk-based research. It takes a thematic view of the major influences on the history and development of the Hoo Peninsula and demonstrates the role that the Peninsula plays in the national story.

The book is an important step towards changing the perception that the Hoo Peninsula is an out-of-the-way area, scarred by past development, where the landscape has no heritage value and major infrastructure can be developed with minimum objection.


  1. Introduction
  2. Industry and Innovation
  3. Defending the Realm
  4. Farming and Fishing
  5. The Future of the Hoo Peninsula

Additional Information

  • Printed Price: £14.99
  • Series: Informed Conservation
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Format: Paperback
  • Physical Size: 210 x 210 mm
  • Pages: 96
  • Illustration: 79, colour
  • ISBN: 9781848022256


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The Hoo Peninsula Landscape image gallery

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  • The Hoo Peninsula looking east towards the chimney of Grain power station
  • Looking south-east across Cliffe Marshes
  • The sheltered estuary of the River Medway
  • The Isle of Grain, now a focus for modern industrial activity
  • The remains of chamber kilns built at Cliffe cement works at the end of the 19th century
  • The fragmented remains of Stoke Saltings, with Kingsnorth power station in the background
  • Abandoned boats near Hoo St. Werburgh
  • The Berry Wiggins & Company’s Bees Ness Jetty stretches across Stoke Saltings and Stoke Ooze and is thought to be the longest jetty in Britain
  • Cooling Castle, built to protect the local area from French raids during the Hundred Years War
  • Upnor Castle built between 1159 and 1567
  • Cliffe Fort built in the 1860s
  • The decoy pond on the marshes at High Halstow

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