The manor was seized by King Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, and was given to the Minter family (an old noble family, originally from Ickham.Branches of this family still survive today in the same area).Around the mid-18th century, goods and passengers began to be transported by ship between London and Whitstable, and a toll road was built to the cathedral city of Canterbury.
In 1790 the manor was sold to private landowners, and three years later the rights to harvest the oyster beds were bought by the newly established Company of Free Fishers and Dredgers of Whitstable, Between roughly 17 the well smacks or early longliners out of Barking and other local fishing ports would collect lugworms and whelks from Whitstable's bait-diggers and dredgers before beginning their tour for prime fish north to Iceland.
Whelks suspended in net bags in the well could live for a while due to circulating fresh water.
Designed by William James, the line ran six miles (10 km) from Westgate in Canterbury to Whitstable town centre.
The railway line's initials—C&WR—and Whitstable's shellfish industry eventually led to its nickname, the Crab And Winkle Railway.
8 kilometres (5 mi) north of Canterbury and 3 kilometres (2 mi) west of Herne Bay. Whitstable is famous for oysters, which have been collected in the area since Roman times and are celebrated at the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival.
In 1830, one of the earliest passenger railway services was opened by the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway Company; in 1832, the company opened Whitstable harbour and extended the line to enable passage to London from the port.The railway has since closed but the harbour still plays an important role in the town's economy.which stretched from the coast to the village of Blean, 3 kilometres (2 mi) north of Canterbury.In addition to Witenestaple, the hundred contained three manors at Seasalter, Northwood and Swalecliffe.The Seasalter and Swalecliffe manors were owned by the church, and the manor at Northwood was run by a noble family on behalf of the king.Fisheries were located at the Seasalter manor, saltworks were at the Northwood manor, and pigs were farmed at the forest in Blean.