Dungeness

Dungeness, on the Kent coast, is one of the most bleak and beautiful places in Britain.

Long before it became known as the site of Derek Jarman’s converted fisherman’s hut I used to be taken there as a child on summer holidays.

The landscape of the beach, the lighthouses, the narrow-gauge railway, the nuclear power station all left a powerful mark on me and I’m drawn to go back regularly. It never disappoints – I used the railway as a location in a film I made with Jonathan Meades – ‘Surreal Film’.

These photos were taken in October 2018 as a squall blew in from the channel.

Here are some links to different aspects of the place.

Dungeness Nature Reserve

Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Derek Jarman’s Cottage

© Francis Hanly

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