Mouth of the River
 


Near the mouth of the river the land rose supported by steep cliffs which had stood for centuries because the river fled to the sea in a long sweeping bend which in rare times of flood climbed the west bank and flooded the plain.

The rich and powerful had for centuries fought over and built massive complexes and ramparts on the high ground which climbed yet higher from the cliffs which fell several hundred metres into the river. The quality of the building made the towns permanent and envied by neighbours but the wealth sustained the strong defensive walls. Likewise the port was well protected by its position where every boat could be watched from the ramparts and recognised as friend or foe many hours before their vessels closed with the port.

On the west bank permanent buildings of the kind opposite had never taken root. Firstly, the people though hardy and thrifty were prevented by law and custom from settling on the opposite heights although it was their agricultural produce and meat and fish that fed the towns. Secondly, there were from time to time raids by outsiders who were usually bought off by goods. Even if it had not been forbidden it hardly seemed worth the trouble to create fine houses which would need fine furnishings when these were liable to confiscation. Thirdly, when the river rose, whilst the mud and foliage descending from above was a blessing for the fields, it required months of replanting and so the main need was to keep their dwellings simple and above the flood levels.Why did the rich never build a bridge?

Why did the traders from the east bank always have the trouble of ferrying their products across the river
and then carrying their produce to the market heights on their backs?

Did they make bake bread and make pies?

What did they take in return for their agricultural produce - vegetables, fruit and meat.