Summer stroll at Dungeness

Dungeness; a unique landscape created by drifting Ice Age pebbles and two huge monolithic nuclear power stations with irreverent and sometimes eccentric fishermen’s cottages, designer houses and railway carriages turned into homes, scattered in among breathtaking displays of wild flowers.


The first nuclear power station was built in the early sixties on the largest area of open shingle in Europe. The shingle is deposited by the sea and it has been building up over thousands of years. The ness now measures some 12 by 6 km, but the entire area is slowly moving north and east and so heavily loaded lorries have to ferry tons of shingle every day to maintain the sea defences and make sure the nuclear power stations don’t end up in the sea…


Apparently, some 30.000 cubic meters of shingle are moved by lorries to Dungeness every year…


The area is also prone to severe flooding.


But all sorts of people buy houses at Dungeness. From your alternative artistic

…to your seriously moneyed designer types looking for cool credentials. Just look at those taps! Can you see the taps through the window?
The average house price in Dungeness have risen by 11% in the last year and is now £231.000 as opposed to £171.000 in the nearest little village, Lydd.


Walking round the area with my friend, who is Indian, we were followed at a discreet distance by security guards.  Police cars kept swooping by, waving in a friendly manner. We waved back.

About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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2 Responses to Summer stroll at Dungeness

  1. Per says:

    Interesting, both the landscape and the buildings. A little strange that the house prices are so high considering the nearby nuclear plant.
    We have a nuclear plant on the east coast south of Gävle. I’ve been in the neighbourhood during my photo trips but you can’t get that close.


    • Anna says:

      It is a strange and creepy place; it almost has a bit of a sci-fi feel to it. In fact, Dungeness was used as a back drop in a Dr Who episode, I think.


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