Before the western town wall was built in the 14th century, the gravel was a spit of land that projected out into the water at the south east angle of the town. It may originally have been a natural feature, but there is reason to believe that it was built up with gravel to form a hard or landing stage. It was mentioned a few times in the medieval records of the town, most notably in connection with the French Raid of 1338, when it was reported that the raiders landed their ships at The Gravel before sacking the town.


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