Jason Wilde

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Estuary English - Work in Progress


The Thames Estuary is the estuary in which the River Thames meets the waters of the North Sea in the south-east of England. The Greater Thames Estuary covers over 800 nautical miles and is one of the largest of 170 such inlets on the coast of Britain. It constitutes a major shipping route for large oil tankers, container ships, bulk carriers and ferries entering the estuary for the Port of London and the Medway Ports of Sheerness, Chatham and Thamesport.

The estuary is bordered on its north bank by the county of Essex and on its south bank by the county of Kent. These low-lying lands are characterised by the presence of mudflats, low-lying open beaches, salt marshes and many small coastal villages. Where higher land reaches the coast there are a number of larger settlements.

The limits of the estuary have been defined in several ways but for the purposes of this project Im using the a line drawn from the port of Harwich in Essex down to North Foreland in Kent as the eastern boundary while the western boundary is defined by the stretch of water between Gravesend and Tilbury.

I have a rough idea of where I want to take the work but as yet no definite project outline. The plan is to keep tripping and shooting along the shoreline and to let the work and ideas develop. My starting idea comes from a sentence in Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ where he describes the estuary as the launching place of England’s great ships of exploration and colonization and in ancient times the site of colonization of the British isles by the Roman Empire.

Estuary English - Work in Progress


The Thames Estuary is the estuary in which the River Thames meets the waters of the North Sea in the south-east of England. The Greater Thames Estuary covers over 800 nautical miles and is one of the largest of 170 such inlets on the coast of Britain. It constitutes a major shipping route for large oil tankers, container ships, bulk carriers and ferries entering the estuary for the Port of London and the Medway Ports of Sheerness, Chatham and Thamesport.

The estuary is bordered on its north bank by the county of Essex and on its south bank by the county of Kent. These low-lying lands are characterised by the presence of mudflats, low-lying open beaches, salt marshes and many small coastal villages. Where higher land reaches the coast there are a number of larger settlements.

The limits of the estuary have been defined in several ways but for the purposes of this project Im using the a line drawn from the port of Harwich in Essex down to North Foreland in Kent as the eastern boundary while the western boundary is defined by the stretch of water between Gravesend and Tilbury.

I have a rough idea of where I want to take the work but as yet no definite project outline. The plan is to keep tripping and shooting along the shoreline and to let the work and ideas develop. My starting idea comes from a sentence in Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ where he describes the estuary as the launching place of England’s great ships of exploration and colonization and in ancient times the site of colonization of the British isles by the Roman Empire.


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