Dungeness  Kent


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Dungeness like this:

DUNGE-NESS, a low shingly headland on the SE coast of Kent; 10¾ miles E by S of Rye. It is surrounded by flats and sand-shoals; it gains so rapidly, by accumulation of shingle upon it from the sea, as to have increased upwards of a mile seaward within the memory of persons now alive; and it contrasts strikingly, by its lowness, with the bold cliffs of the headland next to it on the Channel, the headland of Beachy. ...

A lighthouse on it was founded, in the time of James I., by a goldsmith of the name of Allen; and this gave place, in 1792, to a new lighthouse, designed by Wyatt, in imitation of that of Eddystone, built wholly at the expense of the Ven. Earl of Leicester, rising to the height of 92 feet, and visible at the distance of 14 miles.

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Dungeness through time

Dungeness is now part of Shepway district. Click here for graphs and data of how Shepway has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Dungeness itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dungeness, in Shepway and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd October 2019

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