TQ6707 : Remains of Saltworks, Hooe Level

taken 8 years ago, near to Hooe, East Sussex, Great Britain

Remains of Saltworks, Hooe Level
Remains of Saltworks, Hooe Level
The small rise in ground where the sheep are grazing is the remnants of an old medieval saltworks. Salt-making was an ancient marsh industry recognised as such by the large number on Pevensey Levels in the Domesday Book. A summer activity, salt-makers (Weller in old English which possibly gave its name to nearby Waller's Haven) would descend onto the edge of the marsh and capture the retreaing saltwater in trenches then directed to a shallow clay-floored pan to await evaporation. The brine was then leached out and boiled. The mounds that are still visible today are the discarded residues of the boiling. The industry on the marshes declined due to reclamation and the floods of the 13th and 14th century which inundated the area which large areas of brackish water.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 6 February, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 7 February, 2010
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Levels (wetland)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 676 076 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:50.6292N 0:22.7870E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 677 076
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