TQ7779 : Mud, Egypt Bay

taken 7 years ago, 4 km from Cooling, Medway, Great Britain

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Mud, Egypt Bay
Mud, Egypt Bay
Once a landing spot for smugglers, also a mooring spot for Napoleonic prison ships. It is also the end of the Curlews, Convicts and Contraband path.
Curlews, Convicts and Contraband
Curlews, convicts and contraband is a new walking route on the Hoo peninsula; it is a seven-mile walk from the village of High Halstow across the North Kent Marshes to Egypt Bay.
It has a logo of a Curlew, see TQ7877 : Logo, Curlews, Convicts & Contraband.
Two hundred years ago the shoreline was a favoured landing spot for smugglers, their ships were painted black to avoid detection and flash lights were used to coordinate the operations. Many wagons and horses would be lined up to carry the goods through the darkened villages to London.
A hundred years later prison ships were moored offshore at Egypt Bay, this gave Dickens inspiration for Abel Magwitch, the villain who flees from a prison ship across the marshes in Great Expectations.
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TQ7779, 44 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 November, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 27 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7739 7903 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.9443N 0:33.1993E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7736 7909
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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