Margate Pier and Harbour Company

buddybetsy

Birchington,, United Kingdom

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The work on the Rennie designed stone Pier began immediately, but before the actual construction could get underway there was an immense amount of preparation required to draw up plans and acquire sufficient stock of materials, and it wasn’t just for the pier involved either, as it had been decided to carry out remedial sea defence works in stone at the Parade. A prodigious amount of stone and timber was needed and enough of this had been gathered together to allow the Harbour Commissioners to start building work in April 1810. But the job was fraught with problems for Rennie as his preferred choice of Whitby stone was unavailable, so Perbeck stone had to be substituted, and there was the problem too of a shortage of shipping to transport it due to our conflict with the French. And the local architect William Edmunds, who the Commissioners had appointed to carry out the building work to Rennie’s design, tried to make changes to it, much to Rennie’s ire! Somehow the job limped on, but the war of wills between Rennie and Edmunds came to a head in 1811 when, during yet another fierce storm, a large section of the new work collapsed. Edmunds had criticised Rennie’s depth of piling as being inadequate, and Rennie had frustrated attempts to install longer piles, and now disaster!

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