The Coast of Highcliffe Castle

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The Coast of Highcliffe Castle

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The present-day casual visitor to this splendid location could be forgiven for being surprised to learn that the Castle and its grounds have always been and still are, at serious risk from the sea.

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M. Frank Tyhurst
24 Pages | colour & b/w illustrations

210x148mm, Paperback
9781897887363

The present-day casual visitor to this splendid location could be forgiven for being surprised to learn that the Castle and its grounds have always been and still are, at serious risk from the sea. Glimpsing a view of the famous Needles from the Visitors’ Centre, the cliff edge looks a long way away, through the mature woodlands which cloak the coast. The very aspect which Lord Bute once called “the fairest outlook in England” , Christchurch Bay, has however been a naturally eroding coastline since the birth of the Bay perhaps 3,000 years ago. Successive owners of the Castle, including the present Borough Council, have had a ceaseless battle with the elements which is every bit as fascinating as other elements of its history. Fortunately, to add to the recent engineering records of the Council, history has left some tantalising snippets of the struggles of two former owners, Louisa, Lady Waterford and Major General Edward Stuart Wortley, each of which inherited particular problems.
This booklet outlines these problems and how they were faced by these two landowners, without the benefit, it should be said, of modern technological tools. It also describes how the present Council took on what in the 1960s looked like an impossible task of halting a rampaging rate of erosion on Highcliffe Cliffs and the Castle grounds. It concludes by looking at what will be the future.
Most coasts subjected to constant attack by the sea and weather tend to erode away, only the rate of loss differs from location to location. Unlike the rocky coast of say, Cornwall, Christchurch Bay cliffs consist of soft sediments which soon fail when wet. The geology of Highcliffe is straightforward; the 30m high cliffs are clays of the Bartonian series, laid down over 50 million years ago, topped by a layer of much younger sands and gravels. Both these materials are weak and only support themselves when dry. The coast faces the prevailing south to southwest weather and wave attack can be quite ferocious. It is difficult perhaps to believe, but the first land to be encountered looking southwest from Highcliffe is Brazil!

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 21 x 15 x 1 cm

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