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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