The Downs is a roadstead in the southern North Sea near the English Channel off the east Kent coast, between the North and the South Foreland in southern England.
Latitude 51.213° or 51° 12' 46.8" north Longitude 1.4654° or 1° 27' 55.5" east
Open Location Code 9F336F78+65 GeoNames ID 2651022
Cities serving The Downs include Dover/South Foreland at the south end, Folkstone, Deal, Walmer, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Kingsdown, and Ramsgate/Broadstairs/North Foreland at the north end.
In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Goodwin Sands like this:
Goodwin Sands, an extensive and dangerous shoal, off the E. coast of Kent, opposite Sandwich and Deal, about 5 miles from the mainland. N. to S. it is about 10 miles long; its breadth ranges from 1½ to 3 miles, and it forms a natural breakwater for the well-known roadstead called the Downs."
For more info., see