Rotten boats of Horrid Hill
Horrid Hill is an island in the Medway estuary, connected to the mainland by a man-made causeway. The remains of a cement works are scattered around the island. A narrow gauge railway used to ferry chalk to the works.
This is a very bleak place. The author Charles Dickens roamed these marshes in Kent and it is easy to see how the landscape here inspired him to write 'Great Expectations' 'Bleak House' etc.
There is an information sign at Horrid Hill which gives clues as to how this area might have got its name. One rumour is that the screams of prisoners on the Napoleonic warships moored off this section of coast were so terrible, that they travelled on the wind to the mainland terrifying residents. Another rumour is that Horrid Hill had a gallows used to hang smugglers. A third rumour is that simply the bleakness of the place, particularly as workers travelled up the path to the cement works in exposed and miserable conditions, and the stench of rotting manure rotting on the marshes, gave rise to the name of this place.
The funnel is the Isle of Grain chimney, a powerstation which is currently undergoing demolition, as are most powerstations of this kind along the Medway and Thames.
In the background of this pic there is a wrecked barge and a wrecked tugboat of which I have taken separate photos.
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