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The Way to the Sea: The Forgotten Histories of the Thames Estuary
 

The Way to the Sea: The Forgotten Histories of the Thames Estuary (Paperback)

By Crampton, Caroline

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Caroline Crampton was born on the Thames Estuary to parents who had sailed there from South Africa in the early 1980s. Having grown up with seafaring legs and a desire to explore, Caroline is both a knowledgeable guide to the most hidden-away parts of this overlooked and unfashio...nable part of the country, and a persuasive advocate for its significance, both historically and culturally. As one of the key entrances and exits to England, the estuary has been pivotal to London's economic fortunes and in defining its place in the world. It has also been the entry point for immigrants for generations, yet it has an ambivalent relationship with newcomers, and UKIP's popularity in the area is on the rise. As Caroline navigates the waters of the estuary, she also seeks out its stories: empty warehouses and arsenals; the Thames barrier, which guards the safety of Londoners more precariously than we might; ship wrecks still inhabited by the ghosts of the drowned; vast Victorian pumping stations which continue to carry away the capital's sewage; the river banks, layered with archaeological Anglo-Saxon treasures; literature inspired by its landscape; beacons used for centuries to guide boats through the dark and murky waterways of the estuary; the eerie Maunsell army forts - 24 metre high towers of concrete and steel which were built on concealed sandbanks at the far reaches of the estuary during the Second World War and designed to spot (and shoot) at incoming enemy planes; and the estuary's wildlife and shifting tidal moods.
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ISBN 9781783784141
Released NZ 31 Mar 2020
Publisher Granta Books
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781783784141
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Granta Books
Imprint Granta Books
Released 31 Mar 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Crampton, Caroline
Category British & Irish History
Deltas, Estuaries, Coastal Regions
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 942.2
Weight 281g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Thames River Estuary England - History
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade

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