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Engineering and Architecture History of the Pier

George Double Building Contractor

George Double was the builder appointed to rebuild the Pier Head and Landing Stage at Clevedon Pier in 1891. Recently, the pier archive team have had some interesting correspondence with people trying to save another George Double structure – a bridge in Boxted, Essex.

Below are a few titbits about the reopening of Clevedon Pierhead. Further on is some information about George Double, Boxted Bridge and links to Cleopatra’s Needle on the Embankment in London.

The new Clevedon Pier Head and Landing Stage was officially reopened in April 1893. The Pier Archive has some interesting images and newspaper reports on the event shown below.

Brass Plaque commemorating opening of new Pier Head and Landing Stage. One is fixed to the pier. A second, unused plaque, is held in the Pier Archive.

Opening of the new Pier Head and Landing Stage April 1893 photo Jane Lilly
Clevedon Mercury April 1st 1893 provided by Jane Lilly citation: British Newspaper Archive

George Double, Boxted Bridge and Cleopatra’s Needle

The Pier was contacted by the folks of Boxted in Essex who are campaigning to try and save their village bridge built by George Double. You can read all about their campaign and their pretty bridge on this link. They would be grateful for any support or interest in saving their bridge.

For Clevedon and the Pier it is intriguing to learn that George Double also had dealings with erecting the Egyptian obelisk, known as Cleopatra’s Needle, on the Embankment in London. The Boxted Save Our Bridge campaigner, Lucinda, sent us this interesting image and newspaper clippings to share. Clearly, George Double was a busy and well thought of builder in the 1890s and travelled all over the country to build fascinating structures.

Photo of George Double and his team of 25 builders erecting Cleopatra’s Needle on the Embankment, London image: L deJasay, Boxted Village Save our Bridge committee

Information about ‘This Obelisk’ mentioning George Double as Manager of Works. image: L DeJasay, Boxted Village Save our Bridge committee

By Clevedon Pier Archive

Stories that tell the history and heritage of Clevedon Pier and town using the collections held in the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust Archive

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