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The Hoo Peninsula

THE HOO PENINSULA

My first published book was The Story of the Hoo Peninsula (1979). Not surprisingly, it is still my favourite book. At the time of writing I was a parish councillor on the Isle of Grain and I wanted to do something that would help create a greater sense of community.

The Peninsula has an unusual past as it is one of the few places in the country where malaria was once indigenous. While I was living on the Isle of Grain it was normal practice for households to be issued with an anti-mosquito spray (courtesy of the now defunct Strood Rural District Council) as part of a campaign to prevent the disease returning. During World War Two, anyone with a history of malaria was not permitted on to the Peninsula for fear of setting off a malaria epidemic.

Also about the Hoo Peninsula:

"Malaria: its influence on a North Kent Community" in Archaeologia Cantiana 95 (1979), 255-64 (available from the author as an off-print)

The Isle of Grain Defences (1979)


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