Lost to the Sea: Britain's Vanished Coastal Communities: The Yorkshire Coast & Holderness

Lost to the Sea: Britain's Vanished Coastal Communities: The Yorkshire Coast & Holderness

by Stephen Wade


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Once there was a Roman settlement on what is now Filey Brig. In Holderness, a prosperous town called Ravenser saw kings and princes on its soil, and its progress threatened the good people of Grimsby. But the Romans and the Ravenser folk are long gone, as are their streets and buildings – sunk beneath the hungry waves of what was once the German Ocean.

Lost to the Sea: The Yorkshire Coast & Holderness tells the story of the small towns and villages that were swallowed up by the North Sea. Old maps show an alarming number of such places that no longer exist. Over the centuries, since prehistoric times, people who settled along this stretch have faced the constant and unstoppable hunger of the waves, as the Yorkshire coastline has gradually been eaten away. County directories of a century ago lament the loss of communities once included in their listings; cliffs once seeming so strong have steadily crumbled into the water. In the midst of this, people have tried to live and prosper through work and play, always aware that their great enemy, the relentless sea, is facing them. As the East Coast has lost land, the mud flats around parts of Spurn, at the mouth of the Humber, have grown. Stephen Wade’s book tells the history of that vast land of Holderness as well, which the poet Philip Larkin called ‘the end of land’.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473893436
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 11/29/2017
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stephen Wade is a biographer and social historian, usually associated with crime and law, but here he turns his attention to a place he has known for forty years, as he has lived and worked in Scunthorpe all that time. His most recent books have been "Going to Extremes", "The Justice Women" and three volumes in the "Your Town in the Great War" series (all Pen & Sword), and :No More Soldiering" (Amberley).

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Chapter 1 Early Historical and Human Experience 1

Chapter 2 Port Mulgrave to Ravenscar 20

Chapter 3 Scarborough to Flamborough 28

Chapter 4 From Bridlington to Out Newton 35

Chapter 5 The Grandeur of Kilnsea and Spurn 51

Chapter 6 Ravenser Odd and Holderness 67

Chapter 7 Lost and Reclaimed on the Humber 77

Chapter 8 Tales from Social History 90

Chapter 9 Conclusions 104

Acknowledgements 112

Glossary 113

Sources and Bibliography 117

Index 122

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