What is that thing? It looks like a partially sunken barge in the satellite photo. But, in your photo I'm not so sure...
Yes it is of historical importance as it used to be a Pub namely the Royal Oak. It's also where my wife grew up.
As an experiment, I took this photo and aligned it using the Google Earth 4.2 PhotoOverlay. It turned out pretty good. Check it out here:
Yes...same Frank Taylor as Gearthblog.com, and thanks!