Baker's Island

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The island viewed from the top of Portsdown Hill

Baker's Island is an island in Langstone Harbour, Hampshire, England.[1] It is 400 m (1,300 ft) long and up to 300 m (980 ft) wide but only rises to a little over 2 m (7 ft) above Ordnance Datum.[2] Mesolithic and Neolithic flintwork has been found on the island along with Bronze Age and Romano-British pottery.[2] There are a number of structures on the island including the remains of a flint walled building and five 5 by 1.5 m (16.4 by 4.9 ft) brick shelters believed to be part of a World War Two starfish decoy site.[2] In 1978 the island along with the other islands in Langstone Harbour was acquired by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds who turned it into a bird sanctuary.[3] Since that time unauthorised landings have been forbidden.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Havant Borough Townscape, Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment February 2007" (PDF). Havant Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Adam, Neil J; Momber, Gary (2000). "Baker's Island". In Allen, Michael J; Gardiner, Julie (eds.). Our Changing Coast a survey of the intertidal archaeology of Langstone Harbour Hampshire. York: Council for British Archaeology. pp. 100–104. ISBN 1-902771-14-1.
  3. ^ a b Tweed, Ronald (2000). A History of Langstone Harbour and its environs in the County of Hampshire. Dido Publications. pp. 159–160. ISBN 0-9533312-1-0.

Coordinates: 50°49′39″N 1°00′52″W / 50.8274°N 1.0145°W / 50.8274; -1.0145