Sheppey, Isle of

Sheppey, Isle of, an islet in the estuary of the Thames, at the mouth of the Medway, belonging to Kent, from which it is separated by the Swale (spanned by a swing-bridge); great clay cliffs rise on the N., and like the rest of the island, are rich in interesting fossil remains; corn is grown, and large flocks of sheep raised; chief town is Sheerness (q.v.), where the bulk of the people are gathered; is gradually diminishing before the encroaching sea.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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