Hayling Island

At the time of the Domesday Book (1086) Hayling Island probably had a population of around 300. The Domesday Book also mentions a saltpan where salt was made. Making salt from seawater was an industry on Hayling Island for centuries. So were mackerel fishing, shellfish harvesting and, of course, farming. In the year 1824 when a wooden bridge was built across the channel to Langstone. Before you could wade across at low tide or you could pay to use a ferry. In February 1955 work began on building a new concrete bridge, slightly east of the old wooden one. Travellers still had to pay a toll to use Hayling Bridge. Tolls were finally abolished on 11 April 1960.