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.
…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.