Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 3 January 2009

The "cut" Margate








The "cut" Margate as it seen today was once the site of the Margate Jetty constructed in 1853 on the site of the previous wooden Jarvis landing stage constructed in 1824. The cut and the concrete landing stage was well used in its time as the early 1900 postcard shows. Even before that in the 1700's small boats carrying out maritime activities would use the area well.
After the final demolition and clearance of the Jetty remains in 1998 the most of the visible history went with it and there is very little evidence of the activity that took place apart from the concrete landing stage. The remaining evidence now lies buried beneath the sand and the storm of January 1978 which downed the Jetty uncovered many items dating back to George III prooved many things. During 1978 to 1998 there were so many items recovered and removed from the area that it is almost barren of anything from the past. Today anything to be found is still buried in the deeper areas of the sand, so today out of curiosity I went for a scratch about just to see what was there. I took a few pictures of what I came across which I have attached. Surprisingly the pictures are of wooden remains, one is of a wooden collar that surrounded one of the screw piles from the 1853 Jetty also in the foreground of another there is a stump protruding from the chalk. This stump is English oak and is the remains of a wooden pile from the 1824 Jarvis landing stage. After a good storm more stumps appear all the way back to the shore and the line of the Jarvis landing stage can be mapped out. Another feature in the area is pieces of Terra cotta from the storm of November 1897 from the Marine Palace site of which I picked up and put in the photographs.









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