Only just over an hour from home so before landing at our holiday destination we nip to the coast and visit Whitstable.
We make the Castle our first stop on a grey, drizzly and overcast day
The earliest mention of this site in the history books is in 1588
when a copperas works was founded on this site below where the castle now stands. Copperas was for a time a sought-after mineral extract used to fix dyes in cloth and the licence to mine it was given by Queen Elizabeth I.
Throughout the centuries the castle was lived in by various business and/or political folk until 1935 when Whitstable District Council bought it.
It is now a community facility hosting weddings and business meetings, conferences and classes etc.
The Victorian Tearooms where we had lunch
before walking along the top of the cliffs
with our binoculars we could just about see our home county of Essex on the other side of the Thames estuary
Can be seen easily on a clear day
As we walk down Tower Hill into the town we pass this pretty house and garden before entering the town and coming to
and yes one has to squeeze in their gut and walk sideways
The Town of Whitstable grew from the main road to Canterbury, now known
as the high street, and the alley ways developed as local residents
needed greater access to the sea. The multitude of alleys also served
as convenient escape routes for smugglers, as Whitstable was, like most
Kentish coastal towns, awash with the illegal trade in tobacco and spirits,
as well as people during the Napoleonic wars.
A pretty cottage and garden as we walk along to the see front
where we see one of the old Thames barges returning with some sight see-ers
Time to make our way to Rifleman Cottage where there will be tea and cakes waiting for us