TQ8696 : Remains of old sea wall, Bluehouse Farm, North Fambridge

taken 19 days ago, near to South Fambridge, Essex, Great Britain

Remains of old sea wall, Bluehouse Farm, North Fambridge
Remains of old sea wall, Bluehouse Farm, North Fambridge
The wall was breached here in the unprecedented floods of November 1897, and after some ineffectual attempts to repair during which the breach got wider and wider, finally was sealed in 1907 using an inset wall curving around what is now a bay here. The camera is on a fragment of the original line, behind is a much larger breach which was tackled in a similar fashion. It is an interesting point whether the stakes visible were part of the original wall, or the remains of attempts to repair on the old line. One writer maintains that this construction was only introduced in about 1840, whilst the old wall is understood (poorly) to be much older than that. It is likely that they were part of the failed repair, as the line of the old wall across the adjacent much bigger breach shows no stakes.
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TQ8696, 46 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 4 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 7 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8616 9657 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.2274N 0:41.3255E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 86301 96592
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