Seasalter is a village (and district council ward) in the Canterbury District of Kent, England. Seasalter is on the north coast of Kent, between the towns of Whitstable and Faversham, facing the Isle of Sheppey across the estuary of the River Swale. The settlement of Yorkletts is included in the ward. It is approximately 6 miles (10 km) north of Canterbury.

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Admiralty Walk
Seasalter is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population7,967 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTR094653
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWhitstable
Postcode districtCT5 4
Dialling code01227
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°20′44″N 0°59′53″E / 51.3456°N 0.9981°E / 51.3456; 0.9981Coordinates: 51°20′44″N 0°59′53″E / 51.3456°N 0.9981°E / 51.3456; 0.9981


Seasalter came to prominence as a centre for salt production in the Iron Age,[2] and the resulting prosperity resulted in Viking raids on the area. Later, the Domesday Book recorded that Seasalter "properly belongs to the kitchen of the Archbishop" [of Canterbury]. The church was dedicated to a martyred Archbishop of Canterbury, Alphege (Ælfheah), first built in the 12th century, its nave was demolished in the 1840s but its chancel still stands and is a Grade II listed building.[3][4] In the 18th century, the marshes were drained to create the Seasalter Levels.[5]

St Alphege church, Seasalter
Seasalter Beach

In 2017, the Old Brig, a well-preserved 18th century merchant ship wreck was exposed by tides near Seasalter. It is one of only three known coastal trading vessels in England from the Hanoverian period and was listed as a Scheduled Monument by Historic England in 2020.[6][7]

Modern dayEdit

Seasalter today is primarily a residential satellite of Whitstable, and further housing development is unlikely as it is constrained by the sea, the Seasalter Flats protected marshland, and the A299 road. The beach at Seasalter is largely pebble-stone based, and therefore unpopular compared with the more sandy bays at, for example, Westgate-on-Sea. Seasalter Sailing Club, which has a clubhouse on Faversham Road, primarily hosts Catamaran boats which race on the Swale River estuary. There is also a private Water Ski Club with launch ramp, and a caravan park.

The Sportsman pub, at the western end of the village by the marshes, on a site which has hosted an inn since 1642, has maintained a Michelin star since 2008.[8][9] During the Second World War it was the billet for a company of the 1st Battalion London Irish Rifles. In September 1940 these troops happened to successfully engage the crew of a crashed German airplane on nearby Graveney Marsh, and in 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the pub.[10]

Famous residents with homes or holiday houses in Seasalter include Gregg Wallace, Harry Hill and Janet Street-Porter.[11] The late Peter Cushing used to live further along the coast in Wave Crest, Whitstable.

Whitstable's Oyster Fishery uses[12] oyster beds lying in the mud approximately a mile offshore from the Seasalter. These are usually submerged and only revealed at low tide.

In 1976, a free rock festival was held in Seasalter after a forced move away from the chosen site in Tangmere.[13]


Despite the Chatham Main Line Railway passing through Seasalter, there is no station. It has long been proposed to build one, with railway maps noting a possible site; this is unlikely given the proximity of Whitstable Station. Currently the village is served by Stagecoach buses from Canterbury, Whitstable and Faversham.

In popular cultureEdit

Author Russell Hoban repurposes Seasalter as "Littl Salting" in his 1980, post apocalyptic novel Riddley Walker.[14]


  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  2. ^ St Alphege Church History
  3. ^ "St Alphege Church, Seasalter in Whitstable - St Alphege Church, Seasalter - Part of the Anglican Whitstable Team Ministry". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Seasalter Old Church, St Alphege, Non Civil Parish - 1084929 | Historic England". Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  5. ^ History of Whitstable Shoreline
  6. ^ "Wreck of Old Brig, Non Civil Parish - 1451624 | Historic England". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Captivating Sites Across England Listed During 2020 | Historic England". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  8. ^ Guardian report on Sportsman Pub
  9. ^ "The Sportsman – Seasalter - a MICHELIN Guide Restaurant". MICHELIN Guide. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Kent battle between German bomber crew and British soldiers marked after 70 years". The Daily Telegraph. 20 August 2010. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  11. ^ Telegraph Article about Whitstable
  12. ^ Seasalter Shellfish
  13. ^ Seasalter People's Free Festival
  14. ^ "Places - Riddley Walker Annotations". Errorbar. Archived from the original on 29 July 2021. Retrieved 21 August 2022.

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