The Kentish Flats and Southern Channels

By H. Muir Evans, published November 1930


Prior to the silting up of the Wantsum and Stour rivers it was possible for sea-going vessels to sail from the Thames to the Downs and then across the Channel to the Continent. Muir Evans endeavours to trace this inland passage by interpreting the ‘sand-names’ associated with the Kentish coast. The names of sandbanks of the Margate group included the Wedge, the Searn, the Woolpack, the Last, the Spell, the Gore, Horse, and Reculver. From his archival research he was able to establish the derivation of virtually all the ‘sand-names’, thereby establishing the line of the original inland passage.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

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