Dungeness

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Locations, Photography | No Comments

Situated between New Romney, Lydd, and Camber on Romney Marsh in Kent, Dungeness forms part of a mile and a half coastal headland, and is one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world. It has two nuclear power stations, two lighthouses, a lifeboat station, and is the terminus of the miniature Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

The Dungeness Estate is privately owned (hence the gates at its entrance), and in the aftermath of the First World War, when housing was at a premium, people began to rent plots and erect their own dwellings, often making use of old railway carriages to do so. Some of these are still there, although adapted and added to over the years, they now form a collection of seemingly random huts and shacks, including the famous Prospect Cottage, home to filmmaker Derek Jarman.

Dungeness is classified as Britain’s only desert by the Met office, and although at first it seems somewhat desolate and isolated, it really does have a unique beauty of its own with a collection of flora and fauna unique to its shingle landscape.

The other unique feature is a rather photogenic mix of black tarred fishermen‟s huts, winching equipment, and weathered boats many of which now sit in their final resting place on the beach. Popular with both landscape and portrait photographers I would highly recommend a trip to this location.

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