Herne Bay in 1836
A few miles east of Whitstable, on the estuary of the Thames, is the new watering-place Herne Bay, which contains many good houses and several hotels ; but the place has been laid out on so extensive a scale that it will long have an unfinished appearance. There is a pier, or jetty, built on wooden piles, extending three-quarters of a mile over the sand or ooze, which is left dry at low water. A handsome clock-tower stands near the jetty. Steam boats ply between London and Herne Bay during the season. Herne church, which is about a mile from Herne Bay, has some good portions in the early English and perpendicular style. There is a chapel at Herne Bay.