TR3454 : Barrier across Finglesham Drove

taken 10 months ago, near to Finglesham, Kent, Great Britain

Barrier across Finglesham Drove
Barrier across Finglesham Drove
This new barrier, which pivots through a right-angle, replaces a gate formerly installed here. It prevents unauthorised vehicular access to Ring Wall sluices and beyond. Finglesham Drove is owned by the Environment Agency, and presumably, it is intentionally designed to allow passage for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists, although Finglesham Drove is not currently recorded as a public right of way. A small car might just make it too.
Finglesham Drove
A former drove road from the junction of Broad Lane, Burgess Green and Bridge Hill at How Bridge near Finglesham, to and across the Sandwich Road adjacent to the Coach & Horses public house, continuing past Ring Wall sluices and out to Roaring Gutter. At some point east of the Coach & Horses, Finglesham Drove adopts the name Pinnock Wall, which continues northwest to Blue Pigeons Farm near Worth.

The drove long predates the construction of the turnpike road in 1797 direct between Bridge Hill and Hacklinge: until then, the course of Finglesham Drove was uninterrupted in the vicinity of the Coach & Horses (which itself did not exist until the turnpike created the demand for a coaching inn), and traffic between Deal and Sandwich travelled down Bridge Hill, over How Bridge and through Finglesham.

Burgess Green, which today provides an option to continue straight on from How Bridge up to a junction with the former turnpike between Deal and Sandwich, was not built until the 1920s, possibly to facilitate the council housing development by Eastry Rural District Council. Once Burgess Green opened, it seems that any traffic for Worth and Deal approaching the main road over How Bridge preferred to use the tarred Burgess Green in preference to Finglesham Drove. Since then, traffic over Finglesham Drove has dwindled, and it is now impassable and obstructed. It is possible to resume the Drove from footpath EE365, which crosses a footbridge over the South Stream and joins Finglesham Drove to emerge at the Coach & Horses. The Drove east of the main road is owned by the Environment Agency.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 21 February, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 9 April, 2017
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Roads, Road transport  Flat landscapes 
Primary Subject of Photo
Barrier 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 3459 5417 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:14.3070N 1:21.5624E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TR 3459 5416
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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