2012

TQ7878 : The Decoy Fleet in May, seen from the old seawall behind Egypt Bay

taken 12 years ago, 3 km from St Mary Hoo, Medway, England

The Decoy Fleet in May, seen from the old seawall behind Egypt Bay
The Decoy Fleet in May, seen from the old seawall behind Egypt Bay
The fleets of the Thames marshes of North Kent originated as tidal creeks draining salt marshes, in days before the building of the seawall. Of the present-day fleets, the Decoy Fleet is the largest - representing the remains of a wide tidal creek which once reached the river at (what is now) Egypt Bay. The open waters of the fleet can be seen rather better in this shot than in one of my previous submissions Link.

Decoy Fleet and Decoy Farm get their name from the duck decoy which once existed at about TQ 784 778. It consisted of a pond with a number of narrow channels leading off it. The channels (known as 'pipes') were roofed over with netting. Wildfowl were captured when lured in by the presence of pinioned ducks.

The word 'decoy' may well have arrived here with the Dutch engineers who worked on the draining of marshes and fens in eastern England. A cottage near Decoy Farm was for some years known as 'Eende Kooi' - making reference to the Dutch origin of the word - though I believe the name has since changed.

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TQ7878, 53 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Stefan Czapski   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 8 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 14 May, 2012
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7816 7851 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.6495N 0:33.8482E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7811 7864
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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