The Isle of Sheppey, just 9 miles long and 4 miles wide, is situated in the Thames Estuary at the mouth of the Medway. It is a mysterious and ancient place, separated from the mainland by an arm of the sea known as The Swale. Sheppey, once mainly known for sheep-rearing as its name implies, falls into two regions - the northern half, built up and developed, which includes the towns of Sheerness, Minster, Queenborough and Leysdown; and the southern part, mainly consisting of marshes and the occasional tiny hamlet.
The island itself has a long and complex history. A Bronze Age settlement and a Saxon monastery at Minster both left their mark on the island, as did the Romans - although they did not settle permanently, they had a look-out point here. In later centuries Sheppey has also seen the construction of a naval dockyard at Sheerness, which would have become one of the foremost in the country had it not flooded during construction; the founding of Britain's first co-operative society; the demolition of a castle that had been designed by the architect of Windsor Castle and the first purpose-built aircraft factory.
Sheerness is the most important town today, partly because of tourism, but also because of steel-making and the port-which served the Royal Navy until 1960, and since then has become one the largest and fastest-expanding ports in the UK.
The Story of Sheppey-informative, entertaining and thought-provoking-will appeal to everyone who lives on or visits the island.
|Publisher:||The History Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
John Clancy is a local historian and the author of Sittingbourne & Milton Regis.