North Foreland

The North Foreland is a chalk headland in Kent, south-east England. It is due east of Margate and forms the east coast of the Isle of Thanet. When ships bound for South Australia passed by the North Foreland in 1836, a crude lighthouse forewarned of danger. The source of the light was a much-criticised coal fire maintained with bellows: mariners often complained that in hazy weather they detected the Foreland before they saw the fire! The term ‘Foreland’ refers to a natural elevation. There is also a ‘South Foreland’ in Kent, some 15 miles (24 kilometres) south of the North Foreland and 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) north-east of Dover.

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