Category Archives: History

Humber Highway, 1956

Humber Highway

This documentary film by Betty and Cyril Ramsden chronicles the places, activities, and life around the Humber estuary of the mid-1950s, including Spurn Point, Paull, and the docks at Hull.

There are some lengthy titles that explain some of the important facts about the areas in which they filmed.

My thanks to Chris Brady for spotting this one.

 

In the Heart of the Sea

‘In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

‘In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.’

Well, it’ll be fun – but no doubt it will also feature pretty young people, and some serious dollops of the schmaltz Hollywood uses to sell films to the youngsters that buy most of the tickets. But at least the story of the Essex is not being forgotten.

Faversham Creek – approved neighbourhood plan may see more of its banks lost to housing

Faversham Creek Plan meeting 13 Oct 2014 from Richard Fleury on Vimeo.

The prospects for Faversham Creek as a waterway look still worse once again – the town’s council this week approved a neighbourhood plan that allows for still more of its precious banks to be given over to housing. The decision seems to be opposed by many local people, as evidenced by recent consultations.

The film record (above) of the Faversham Council’s meeting to decide whether to approve a proposed neighbourhood plan was shot by Richard Fleury, who made the campaigning film The Quay.

There is also a report on the decisions made and the background at Visions of A Creek.

While allowing for housing in a neighbourhood plan does not mean that there is an obligation to build housing on the sites in question, it significantly increases the value of the plot – and so makes any use other than housing unlikely.

This is particularly bad news for the town’s Faversham Creek Trust, which had plans for the Ordnance Wharf site adjacent to its building as a much needed centre for mooring and maintaining sailing barges, among other things. The trust, which enjoys strong support in the town, will now probably have to continue more limited boatbuilding and water-based activities in close proximity to new housing.

Anyone who has observed the way our coastal ports have been redeveloped for housing and its aftermath will likely know of situations where residents and nearby boatyards and and moorings are frequently unhappy bedfellows – the boats and the water may be cute to look at and full of life during a brief visit, but living next to a working boatyard must be rather like living next to a garage servicing and modifying heavy trucks, but with added mud.

But of course home buyers may not see it that way until they move in and start complaining.

Meanwhile, fury is mounting in the town, as the links above show. Just hear a councillor as why the neighbourhood plan steering committee would draw up a plan that would undermine Faversham’s heritage and then hear the audience roar, for that is exactly what it thinks the steering committee has done in designating the centuries old historic Ordnance Wharf as suitable for housing.