Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Isle of the Dead

Was “Thanet” the isle of the dead? Read the BBC story and listen to the programme.

The name "Tenet" was listed in the Domesday book of 1086, whereas in the 18th century classical dictionary of John Lemprise it is states "Tane'tus, a small island of Albion. Ptolemy calls it Tolianis. It is now Thanet."

Robin Gibson takes a ‘Walk Through Time’ to take a closer look at the mystical "Isle of Death"

Read on.

7 comments:

Eastcliff Richard said...

Does anyone know how The Wantsum got its name? And I'm not referring to the jocular derivation 'Do You Want Some?' (see Eastcliff Richard passim).

Anonymous said...

anon again!

looking at the old folks appartments along the Thanet seafronts, I would say that Thanet has been upgraded to the Isle for the dying! Not a huge change in all those years, but never-the-less a change.

Chris. said...

I think it is great that the Island could have been so mysterious and maybe a 'no no' place to go for the frightened sea farers of the dark ages.

Typical though..That they interview a young teenage girl who says ' I didn't even know it was an Island' obviously studied hard in history at school.

Still 'Island of Death' or 'Island of light'...I just wish it was still an Island.

Snailspace said...

Maybe it wasn' the Wanstum. It might have been: You know that river wossname.
It'll come to me in a jiff.
Thats it The Styx

Anonymous said...

Look at Isle of Sheppey and that's what Thanet would have looked like from the mainland a thousand years a go, then be grateful we're joined to the mainland!

Snailspace said...

Also known as The Bright Isle
see www.roman-britain.org/places/tanatus/html

worm said...

Fascinating! It would be much better to try and exploit this aspect of Thanet history for tourism purposes than the endless bleating on about recapturing the glory days with Deadland being restored to an amusement park and all that. That kind of tourism is so over!
Thanet is tailor-made for romano/celtic type tourism. It has a rich and colourful history just waiting to be explored.