TF4593 : Saltfleet Haven

taken 7 years ago, near to Saltfleet, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

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Saltfleet Haven
Saltfleet Haven
Saltfleet Haven has been a port for many centuries. Salt and the local salt beds, as the name suggests, have been important to Saltfleet for hundreds of years. Saltfleet was mentioned in the Domesday Book as a port. It is known that salt was shipped out of the port to the rest of the country.

It was claimed by the Crown as a Royal Port in 1281 and was at its busiest during the fifteenth century. The Haven altered course when the River Eau was diverted in 1347 to assist cleansing the salt workings and it is known that smugglers were very active at Saltfleet.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries trade expanded once more with the need for timber and other goods from abroad to cope with the increased need for housing.

In the nineteenth century Saltfleet became a 'member of the port of Boston' and brought timber up from that port. Saltfleet never seemed to have a fishing fleet of any size. Eventually the port fell into decline and being quick to silt up required much work to keep it in a usable state. When the Louth Navigation Canal was built the trade at the Haven almost ceased but it continued to be used by local fishermen and a few pleasure boaters.

Today boats can be seen coming and going with the emergence of the Saltfleet Haven Boat Club and there are even a couple of fishing boats based at the haven.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 3 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 22 August, 2011
Harbour, marina, port > Haven   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 4565 9347 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:25.0757N 0:11.4090E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 4559 9346
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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