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    Default Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    A new one I believe.

    Today (Saturday) 2000 hrs Channel 4.
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    Default Re: Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    Thanks, I'll take a look, kids permitting

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    Default Re: Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    I watched it on All4 (catch-up TV) and it was fascinating. As for the Whitstable “Street” I’m not sure what they concluded. They seemed to be saying it was a causeway for landing copperas then, looking at a modern chart, they seemed to conclude it was a remnant of a hard layer of “petrified” London Clay. Am I the only confused viewer?

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    Default Re: Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    Thanks, I watched this and it made me aware of an interesting bit of coast that I would like to visit sometime. But I found, as is often the case, the style and production intensely irritating. Such a shame because clearly the contributers had a lot more to offer in terms of knowledge.
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    Default Re: Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    I live in the area, I've always though the Street is a quirk of the tidal flows around there. I thought the programme went on about it far too much and I didn't feel I believed their 'conclusion' either.
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    Default Re: Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    I agree with the three 'reviewers'. I was a little surprised that they never mentioned the difference between sea levels in Roman times (and earlier). I would have thought that would have been the most significant thing. Or did I miss it. I am apt to miss things these days.
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    Default Re: Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    That's a very good point which I hadn't thought of. It's reckoned that the coastline at Herne Bay and Reculver (Roman Regulbium), four miles East of the Street, was up to a mile further N 2000 years ago. So maybe the Street never existed then but is the remains of a much higher spit of land, an extension of the existing crumbly headland that stands behind it today.
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    Default Re: Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    Could well be. Sea-level in North Kent in Roman times was 15ft different so it could have been higher spit of land. Given the argument that the coastline could have been a mile further north I wonder what the Isle of Thanet looks like in Roman times. They used the Wantsum apparently to avoid going round the North Foreland (last used in Norman times it is said) and I read somewhere that the Romans preferred to use the Swale to get to the London River. Hard to see obvious evidence nowadays.
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    Default Re: Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    I did enjoy it but thought they were trying to cover too much in one programme. Lots of cutting between the locations and then reiterating what they had covered in the previous visit. I assume they were allowing for peoples short attention span.
    Well worth watching though.

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    Default Re: Britain at low tide (N. Kent)

    Bit different to the "Coast" series but enjoyed it.

    More of an archaeological slant I suppose.

    I was not aware of the Richborough landing stage in WW1 . I though it was just for the D Day
    push in WW2 .
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