The Hoo Peninsula is a spur of land in North Kent just 30 miles away from central London, which is bounded by the Thames Estuary to the north and west and the River Medway to the east and south. The peninsula is a mosaic of different landscapes including salt marshes, rural farmland, low hills and small villages where industry and wildlife, agriculture and military history merge.
The trades and industries of this area have both shaped and been informed by the place. Evidence of the working lives of the people who have lived and worked here is visible everywhere, from the archaeological remains of early Roman salt production, to the industrial cement quarries in Cliffe and the man-made landscape carved out of the mud of the Stoke Saltings, and the many working farms and military installations that are scattered across the peninsula.
‘On a clear day standing out on the marsh you can see Canary Wharf Tower, yet there is only one inhabited house for about 10 miles. This is an amazing place.’
Robert Filmer, Farmer