The Hoo Peninsula Landscape

BookThe Hoo Peninsula Landscape

The Hoo Peninsula Landscape

Informed Conservation


November 15th, 2015





The Hoo Peninsula is located on the north Kent coast 30 miles east of Central London. This book raises awareness of the positive contribution that the historic environment makes to the Hoo Peninsula by describing how changing patterns of land use and maritime activity over time have given this landscape and seascape its distinctive character.

It uses new information, which involved historic landscape, seascape and farmstead characterisation, aerial photographic mapping and analysis, area assessment of the buildings, detailed survey of key sites and other desk-based research. It takes a thematic view of the major influences on the history and development of the Hoo Peninsula and demonstrates the role that the Peninsula plays in the national story. The book is an important step towards changing the perception that the Hoo Peninsula is an out-of-the-way area, scarred by past development, where the landscape has no heritage value and major infrastructure can be developed with minimum objection.

... authoritative and well-presented book ... packed with information, presented clearly and engagingly ... The best protection from unsympathetic development is an understanding of how and why a place has reached its present appearance and economic structure. This is a model for such studies.

Paula Martin

Cupar, Fife, Scotland

International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

Author Information

Sarah Newsome is a senior investigator at Historic England. Edward Carpenter is an Aerial Investigator for Historic England. Peter Kendall is a team leader in English Heritage's national planning department, whose responsibilities include the heritage aspects of the Chatham Dockyards.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1. Introduction
2. Industry and innovation
3. Defending the realm
4. Farming and fishing
5. The future of the Hoo Peninsula landscape