The low leaden line

Cliffe Pools II

‘Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea… the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dikes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and the low leaden line beyond was the river.’

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1867).

Image from the Cliffe Pools gallery.