Oyster Walk - The Neptune

  • This is not the original building - it was destroyed in the 1897 floods. The current building replaced it, though lack of defences caused it to be flooded again in 1953.
  • The sea wall was built round it in 1955 and later again the landward wall was increased in height. You can see three distinct levels as the sea wall was built up.
  • The last time was in 2006 when the beach was built up again. The whole beach is of manmade construction and if it were left to nature the shingle would be much lower.
  • Photo 1 Earth Moving Trucks
  • If you look along the beach you will see a series of groynes that run out from the seawall. These play a vital role in beach protection.
  • The pub’s Beer Garden is the beach in front of it! This is an area where some of the most spectacular of the summer sunsets can be viewed.
  • During the 2012 London Olympic Games, the BBC’s website used a backdrop of the Neptune with an athlete running towards it. But not hundreds of happy people having ‘sundowners’!
  • It is interesting to see what was going on here in Victorian times.
  • Photo 2 Neptune and West Beach with Marine Terrace in background
  • Photo 3 Marine Terrace
  • The woman in the photo is standing outside No.7  These cottages originally had the beach at their front doors before the sea wall was constructed.