TQ8796 : Seawall and a bit of saltings, RSPB Blue House Farm

taken 15 days ago, near to South Fambridge, Essex, Great Britain

Seawall and a bit of saltings, RSPB Blue House Farm
Seawall and a bit of saltings, RSPB Blue House Farm
This stretch of wall was quite late in building, as seawalls go. It is probably early 19th century. It was not on the 1777 Chapman and André map, but was on the Ordnance Survey large scale maps about 100 years later. It inned a quite small bit of marsh (Cuckow Marsh) plus the final bit of the creek north of here, which no map seems to name. It is suffering somewhat from erosion. The first facing was probably Kentish Ragstone, if there was any facing at first. This was usually replaced with 'Essex blocks' as required, and these concrete blocks are here scattered on the foreshore, having been replaced on the wall with 'Canewdon blocks' in the foreground, which are larger and heavier, but less suitable for manual application. Below the saltings is a scattering of what is probably Kentish Ragstone, either ex-wall or specifically brought to protect the saltings (and hence the wall). In the heyday of the sailing barge they would have brought in the stone direct from Kent.
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TQ8796, 36 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 4 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 10 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8738 9657 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.2031N 0:42.3820E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 87295 96577
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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