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‘…Back behind of her there’s steeples settin’ beside churches, an’ wise women settin’ beside their doors, an’ the sea settin’ above the land, an’ ducks herdin’ wild in the diks…the Marsh is justabout riddled with diks and sluices …You can hear ’em bubblin’ and grummelin’ when the tide works in ’em…’


This is from “Dymchurch Flit” , in Puck of Pook’s Hill.

It describes the strange landscape of Romney Marsh, on the Kent coast, where the ‘People of the Hills’ (the Fairies) flitted out of Old England after the Reformation in the time of Henry VIII. ‘Fair or foul’, they said, ‘we must flit out o’ this, for Merry England’s done with, an’ we’re reckoned among the Images’.