Minster-on-Sea, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England
by Sarah King
(Minster, Kent, England)
My whole family joins in!
~ submitted by Sarah King in Minster, Kent, England
Collected in April 2013 at Minster-on-Sea, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England
Map of Minster-on-Sea beach area: View Larger Map
A little bit about the Isle of Sheppey area of Kent:
The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent, England in the Thames Estuary, some 46 miles to the east of London.
The island, like much of north Kent, is a plentiful source of fossils.
Sheerness is a commercial port and main town of the Isle of Sheppey and owes much to its origins as a Royal Naval dockyard town.
Henry VIII, requiring the River Medway as an anchorage for his navy, ordered that the mouth of the river should be protected by a small fort. Garrison Fort was built in 1545.
Today, shipping is a major part of the area's economy. The island is, however, suffering from an economic recession and these industries are not as extensive as they once were.
About 200 shipwrecks are recorded as having taken place around the coast of Sheppey.
The largest town on the island is Sheerness. Other villages include Minster, which has a pebble beach, and Leysdown-on-Sea, which has a coarse sandy one. ~ excerpted from Wikipedia
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