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Phil
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« on: January 07, 2011, 06:34:00 PM »

The origins of street names have always intrigued me, and here's one I didn't know about; Seamark Road in Monkton. The picture below is of a marine navigation aid that once stood alongside Seamark Road where Thanet Earth is now located. The column is of brick construction.


It's exact position can bee seen on the 1923 Ordnance Survey Map below, which is approximately 2¼ miles inland from the North Kent Coast but is at the highest land point (100 feet) at 90 degrees to the coast. You can see the exact location on current satellite imagery by viewing the map in Google Earth and using the transparency slider HERE


Do you know anything more about the picture?
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012, 08:33:17 AM »

The Seamark has an interesting history.  Originally a windmill stood on this spot as it was the highest point. Sailors used the mill to help their navigation, particularly when avoiding the Margate Sands.  The mill was taken down about 1782 and ended up in Sarre as the predecessor of the present mill. Trinity House replaced it with a series of timber masts, but these kept blowing down, and weren't visible enough. In 1791 they had a huge brick obelisk constructed which remained until 1922 when it was no longer used.

Thanks to Peter Seary of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust for this information
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 04:52:02 PM »

                                                


                          A small map/chart of the rivers that created the Isle of Thanet.


Closer look will show that Minster, Monkton and Sarre are on the waters edge.
It is known that Sandwich was a major port, therefore shipping would navigate the waterways shown.
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