About the book
This is the story of the South Coast of
England through the ages as seen from Felpham Beach
in Sussex - in an unspoilt village a little east of the Isle
of White. The story starts over 200,000 years ago, when
the English Channel was formed, and it goes on to the
last ice age, when the sea was a remarkable 430 feet
lower than now. Although the sea has risen ever since, in
Roman times the shoreline was still 2,700 yards further
south than the present coast. In the past century the sea
has again risen rapidly and the tide has moved up the
beach. Over the ages, Felpham has suffered repeatedly
from wave damage and flooding. Coastal defence work
began early in the 15th century and culminated in major
projects in 1967 and 1999.
For over a thousand years the South Coast has suffered
from pillage and threatened invasion by Romans,
Vikings, French, Spanish, Dutch and Germans. World
War II brought major events and incredible bravery.
Although it remains secluded, Felpham Beach is
popular for sailing, swimming, walking, building sand
castles or just sitting looking out to sea.