Fish at Whitstable.




Whitstable has a classic, fish market, right by the fishing boats in the busy little harbour. The fish is not cheap like from the boats at Hastings. I think the proximity to London and the London prices are reflected here. At over £28 a kilo for Dover and £35, a kilo for Halibut gives an idea of the prices here. I am not into making political statements but the flag flying in the harbour was telling all some of the local fishermen’s view of the EU.



Ready the nets.


Hastings is the home of the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, by contrast with the small fleet I saw yesterday at Dungeness this fleet from the Stade as it is known has more than 25 boats which can be seen  when they are not at sea.


The fishermen launch and recover their boats with winches and bull-dozers. They also manage the single on the beach to ensure the tradition can continue at Hastings.





Many little huts are at the top of the beach sale some of the freshest fish available and at very competitive prices.



Return to Dungeness.


We visited back in October to see the Lighthouses today we went for the beach. A promontory of shingle, Dungeness lies on a headland on the south part of Romney Marsh. A few fishing boats launch from the large shingle beach but evidence of a larger fleet in the form of rotting boats and disused rusting winches which once pulled them ashore remains. The coast here is surreal with once fisherman huts turn into luxury holiday homes many rebuilt in modern styles. The backdrop to this expanse of gravel is Dungeness Nuclear Power Station.

Above link to my October visit.



A lost Castle.


St Andrew’s Castle was an artillery fort constructed for King Henry V111 at Hamble point. It was built between 1542 and 1543. It formed part of the King’s defensive chain of forts to protect against invasion from France and defended Southampton Water, said to have comprised of a keep and a gun platform the fort was protected by a moat. The castle was decommissioned in 1642 during the Civil War, today it has been destroyed by coastal erosion and a moving coastline. All that now remains of the castle are fragments of masonry on the shoreline exposed at low tide. In the 19thcentry there is mention of military barracks on Hamble Common and although there is no trace of this military activity I  found these spent Victoria bullets in the mud at low tide. 150 years of history in the mud.



Hamble beach has good bird watching and a good view across Southampton Water to Fawley Power Station. The disused site is to be redeveloped there was talk of converting the chimney into a viewing platform but it looks that this will now not happen and it will be blown up around August this year.