Hoo Peninsula, Kent: Hoo Peninsula Historic Landscape Project

Author(s): Fiona Small, Edward Carpenter, Sarah Newsome, Zoë Hazell

This project was undertaken due to proposed changes on Hoo, combined with the threat from rising sea levels which highlighted the need to increase knowledge and promote awareness of how the peninsula’s historical development has contributed to its character. The project was strongly influenced by the principles of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) and English Heritage’s Action Plan for its implementation. In particular this project was designed to address one particular aim which was to complete and strengthen EH landscape characterisation and related programmes, including integration with other EH landscape-scale research. The techniques employed in this project included historic landscape, seascape and routeway characterisation, archive research, farmstead characterisation, aerial survey, Historic Area Assessments, research and survey of key sites and a palaeoenvironmental review. This report presents the results as an integrated narrative that looks at the way change in the Hoo Peninsula landscape, as seen through the history and archaeology of its constituent buildings, fields, rivers and routeways, has produced the character perceptions that we find today. The results of this project will help to ensure that the historic environment plays a positive role in any future changes to this part of Kent.

Report Number:
Research Report
Bronze Age Building Recording Early Medieval Iron Age Medieval Mesolithic Modern Neolithic Palaeolithic Post Medieval Prehistoric Roman Settlement Anti-Aircraft Battery Enclosure Airfield Antenna Array Barge Bombing Decoy Boom Brickworks Castle Cement Works Chemical Explosives Works Coastal Battery Cropmark Decoy Pond Farmstead Firing Range Hulk Assemblage Jetty Pillbox Power Station Magazine Marsh Military Training Site Oil Refinery Ordnance Depot Oyster Pit Practice Trench Radio Station Livestock Refuge Mound Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Saltern Sea Defences Searchlight Trackway Farmstead Characterisation Historic Seascape Characterisation Historic Landscape Characterisation Palaeoenvironmental


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