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Harty Church on the bank of the Swale
Harty shown within Kent
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The church 'St. Thomas the Apostle' is Grade II* listed and has no electricity or running water and it dates from the 11th century. It is within the diocese of Canterbury, and deanry of Sittingbourne.
Historically, Harty was the northern terminus of the Harty Ferry (a two small boat service), which ran across the Swale channel between the then Isle of Harty and the mainland: hence the name of the local public house. The southern, mainland terminus, was close to the villages of Oare and Uplees. Today the remains of the southern jetty are on the coast of the Oare Marshes nature reserve. A small cluster of buildings close by still bear the name Harty Ferry Cottages.
Harty is a few minutes walk from The Swale National Nature Reserve. Public footpaths run from Harty, along to southern extent of the Reserve to the Hamlet of Shellness, and back, around the Reserve's northern perimeter, to Harty.
- "Ferry House Inn, Leysdown". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- "Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Leysdown". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- Hasted, Edward (1799). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent (Institute of Historical Research) 6: 276–283. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
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