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The Black Middens

Listen to Bill Scott's account

Well that is the famous Black Middens, which stretches, used to stretch right across the river. And of course where you’re looking at these black rocks now, in the early days before it was dredged they were all sand bars and they used to move with every tide. One tide you’d have about sixteen or seventeen foot of water, and then the next tide it would be six foot of water and they couldn’t do anything about it. It’s a hell of a river. The seas used to roar in and you can just imagine that south pier before it was built, coming in from the south the seas would thunder against these cliffs and that. It must have been a very, very dangerous place.

With gracious thanks to Bill Scott

North Pier

The North Pier

 

 

 

 

 

The Black Middens

The Black Middens

Prior's Haven

Prior's Haven

Spanish Battery

The Spanish Battery

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