TQ8497 : Borrow Dyke

taken 7 years ago, near to North Fambridge, Essex, Great Britain

Borrow Dyke
Borrow Dyke
What appears to be a borrow dyke, just behind the river defences near Stow Creek.

A borrow dyke is created when digging out soil alongside the river bank and placing it along the edge of the tidal riverside to make the raised seawall (or river defence) known as a "dyke”. The void left by digging out the soil to make the defensive dyke is called a “borrow dyke”. Borrow dykes are often brackish with fresh water from the surrounding area mixing with seawater which seeps through the dyke.
Dengie Peninsula
The Dengie (pronounced with a soft G) Peninsula is an area of South Essex, bounded by the River Blackwater to the north, the River Crouch to the south and the North Sea to the east. The western Boundary of the old "Dengie Hundred" ran from (and included) North Fambridge to Woodham Walter: The nearby town of Maldon was not part of the Dengie Hundred as it was a borough in its own right. See LinkExternal link for a map of the Essex Hundreds.

The area has a relatively low population density, with large areas of farm and marsh land. The largest towns are Burnham on Crouch with a population of c. 7,500 and Southminster with a population of c. 3,800.

Useful links:
Dengie 100 LinkExternal link
Essex-family-history LinkExternal link
wikipedia LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 1 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 2 April, 2012
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Flat landscapes  Estuary, Marine 
Place (from Tags)
North Fambridge  Stow Creek 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8430 9736 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.6899N 0:39.7396E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8427 9726
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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