Each of Sheppey's towns and villages is steeped in history and heritage. The island was where British aviation was born and came of age. The former dockyard is now little more than an industrial estate and the riotous dockside area, Blue Town is today just a quiet backwater. It's now hard to think of people like Pepys, Nelson, Collingwood, et al walking the streets of Blue Town but they once did.The area connecting Blue Town to Queenborough was once a thriving community known as West Minster but that has gone, following flooding in 1953. The abbey at Minster, once the epicentre of the island, and a magnet for medieval pilgrims is now just a ruin. But despite all the changes the Isle of Sheppey remains a favourite destination for holidaymakers and day-trippers, and is a fascinating place to explore with much awaiting discovery.
John Clancy is a keen local historian and avid postcard collector. He is a member of several organisations including the Kent Archaeological Society, the Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust and the Sittingbourne Heritage Museum. He is also a founder member of the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne and edits their monthly magazine The Archive. Brought up in Milton Regis John now lives in Sittingbourne.