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Camber is a small holiday village lying on the western edge of the Romney Marsh .
It lies between Rye and Lydd on the coast road. The village lies on what once was
an island which had its main habitation at Lydd, Camber was then a spit of land
extending towards Rye . Its name is derived from La Chambre , which described
the protected harbour which lay inland , this changed to the Camera then the Camber .
In 1539 the harbour was looked on as important by King Henry VIII and
the small defensive fort of Camber Castle was expanded to provide cover to
the harbour in the Camber(Chambre) between present Camber , East Guldeford ,
Rye and Winchelsea. The fort became obsolete by 1637 as the
Camber had silted so badly.
Camber was known as a good place for the smugglers and goods were landed
at Jew's Gut (Jury Gut) just to the south of the village and on Camber beach
the dunes of which provided cover for those taking part. The Excise
built a Watch House in the early 1800's which is now adjacent to the
Lydd Ranges at Jew's Gut.
In February 1821 the Battle of Brookland took place between the
Customs and Excise men and the Aldington Gang of smugglers. The
smugglers had sent 250 men down to the coast between Camber and
Dungeness . The party was seen by the Watch House at Camber and
a fight took place over Walland Marsh, the outcome was that one
of the leaders of the gang Cephas Quested was captured. The
injured were treated by Dr Ralph Hougham who lived in Brookland
at Pear Tree House.
During the Second World War , the village was evacuated to allow
testing of new tanks and weapons at Lydd Ranges.
The village nowadays is a holiday village with camps and caravans
available for traditional English seaside holidays. The sands make
it safe for children, and sand yachting takes place at low tide.
| Camber is well served with local services, however they are seasonal as is the
main holiday business.
Rye is the nearest major shopping town , providing a wide range of services, including
main line train services to Ashford and Hastings .