Seasalter

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Seasalter
Seasalter is located in Kent
Seasalter
Seasalter
 Seasalter shown within Kent
Population 6,899 [1]
OS grid reference TR094653
District City of Canterbury
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Whitstable
Postcode district CT5 4
Dialling code 01227
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Canterbury
List of places
UK
England
Kent

Coordinates: 51°20′44″N 0°59′53″E / 51.3456°N 0.9981°E / 51.3456; 0.9981

Seasalter is a village (and district council ward) in the Canterbury District of Kent, England. It is located by the sea on the north coast of Kent, between the towns of Whitstable and Faversham, facing the Isle of Sheppey across the estuary of the River Swale. It is approximately five miles (8 km) north of Canterbury.

Historically, Seasalter came to prominence as a centre for salt production in the Iron Age,[2] and the resulting prosperity resulted in Viking raids on the area. Later, the Domesday Book recorded that Seasalter "properly belongs to the kitchen of the Archbishop" [of Canterbury]. In the 18th century, the marshes were drained to create the Seasalter Levels.[3]

Seasalter Beach

Seasalter today is primarily a residential satellite of Whitstable, and further housing development is unlikely as it is constrained by the sea, the Seasalter Flats protected marshland, and the A299 road. The beach at Seasalter is largely pebble-stone based, and therefore unpopular compared with the more sandy bays at, for example, Westgate-on-Sea. Seasalter Sailing Club, which has a clubhouse on Faversham Road, primarily hosts Catamaran boats which race on the Swale River estuary. There is also a private Water Ski Club with launch ramp, and a caravan park.

The Sportsman pub, at the western end of the village by the marshes, on a site which has hosted an inn since 1642, earned a Michelin star in 2008.[4] During the Second World War it was the billet for a company of the 1st Battalion London Irish Rifles. In September 1940 these troops happened to successfully engage the crew of a crashed German airplane on nearby Graveney Marsh, and in 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the pub.[5]

Despite the Chatham Main Line Railway passing through Seasalter, there is no station. It has long been proposed to build one, with railway maps noting a possible site; this is unlikely given the proximity of Whitstable Station. Currently the village is served by Stagecoach buses from Canterbury, Whitstable and Faversham.

Famous residents with holiday houses in Seasalter include Harry Hill and Janet Street-Porter.[6] The late Peter Cushing used to live in Joy Lane.

Whitstable's Oyster Fishery uses[7] oyster beds lying in the mud approximately a mile offshore from the Seasalter shore. These are usually submerged and only revealed at low tide.

In 1976, a free rock festival was held in Seasalter after a forced move away from the chosen site in Tangmere.[8]

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