In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Swale like this:
SWALE (The), a maritime branch of the river Medway in Kent; separating the Isle of Sheppey from the mainland, and sending off a branch of 2 miles to Milton. It describes nearly the segment of a circle from Queenborough to Whitstable; is 16 miles long, and from ½ to 1½ mile broad; and has a depth of from 3 to 5 fathoms.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Swale has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Swale. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Swale and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Swale in Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th May 2013
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