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Faversham and its Creek, and Rye from Leasam Hill

Faversham and its Creek, and Rye from Leasam Hill

Faversham (bottom) was once a seaport for Canterbury, approached from the Swale on the north by a navigable creek bearing its own name The creek is still there but it is only navigable for barges and other craft of very light draft, and Faversham is farther from the sea than it was, the intervening territory having been partially reclaimed, Rye (top) was added to the original Cinque Ports of the twelfth century, when the Channel seas washed the rock on which the town stands, but two miles of fertile marshland are now between the two

Other pictures from England's Changing Coastline


Dover from Shakespeare Cliff, and Sandwich, whence the Sea retreated

The Foreland, Swanage, where the Sea has got behind the Land

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