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Hampton Pier, a desolate strip of land solely seen at low tide, hides a tragic previous beneath its floor. It’s onerous to imagine that this barren stretch of rock and sea was as soon as the positioning of serious exercise.

Hampton-on-Sea, now part of the Hampton space in Herne Bay, Kent, was as soon as a thriving village that originated as a small fishing hamlet in 1864.

It was developed by an oyster fishery firm and additional expanded by land brokers from 1879. However, it was deserted in 1916 and finally succumbed to coastal erosion by 1921.

All that is still of Hampton-on-Sea, on Kent’s north coast, is a lone strip of land that doubles up as a pier.

Today, the coast is a quiet place, devoid of individuals and buildings. Only the land behind it’s occupied, a seaside city referred to as Herne Bay.

The final remnants of the Herne Bay, Hampton and Reculver Oyster Fishery Company have been the terraced homes that lined the stretch of land subsequent to the pier.

Opposite the pier, the Hampston Oyster Inn (now The Hampton Inn) was constructed and nonetheless stands at the moment as a reminder of the settlement that after existed.

By the Nineties the bay’s waters have been slowly closing in on Hampton-on-Sea.

The residents of Hampton-On-Sea have been by no means beneath any phantasm. They knew they have been residing on the sting as the ocean crept ever nearer with every passing day.

Events are believed to have reached a climax in what is called ‘The Great Storm of 1897’ when large waves broken the properties of Hernecliffe Gardens and introduced the ocean dangerously shut.

Coastal erosion was prevalent as a result of North Kent shoreline’s tender clay. The pier blocked any westerly shifting shingle which in flip left a lot of the shoreline unprotected and liable to speedy erosion.

After a lot of the settlement was both deserted or swallowed up by the ocean, the final buildings to stay have been the terraced homes that after housed staff of the Herne Bay, Hampton and Reculver Oyster Fishery Company.

The brevity of the city’s existence was laid naked in 1897 in the course of the ‘Great Storm’ of that yr.

Huge waves smashed towards the properties of Hernecliffe Gardens and introduced the ocean as shut because it had ever been.

An already declining inhabitants, the 1901 census put the inhabitants of Hampton-on-Sea at 42.

Herncliffe Gardens would disappear fully between 1909 and 1911, and the council determined to demolish the properties earlier than it was too late.

While Eddington Gardens, which lay additional away from the shore, lasted longer, the identical resolution was made and it was duly destroyed earlier than the ocean stage reached it.

Hampton-on-Sea was deserted in 1916 and at last grew to become absolutely submerged in 1921.