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1847 Excerpt: ... make a cut through the land on the north side,
ending directly south, or opposite to Harraton Hall. In this cut he
proposed to place a lock, with a dam of stone, in the river, to pen
the water, seven feet in height, which would give three feet six
inches of water at Newbridge. This work was to assist in making the
river navigable to Durham, for which an Act of Parliament was
obtained in the following year, by parties interested in the
welfare of that city. Nothing, however, has been done to improve
the river any higher than Biddick Ford. In 1758, the Commissioners
examined a plan projected by Mr. Bobson (Plate 26), for building
moles upon the North and South Rocks, with the view of obtaining a
depth of 12 feet at low water, at the entrance; and they were so
well satisfied with the design, that in 1759 they petitioned
Parliament to grant them powers to carry it into execution. The
Parliamentary Committee made their report in favour of the
petition, and the Act was passed. For some time afterwards nothing
appears to have been done to carry this project into execution;
for, in a Report addressed by Mr. Robson to the Commissioners, on
the 6th May, 1767, he states, --"The constant operation of
dredging, harrowing, and cleansing, to keep up an indifferent
channel over the flat ground, without the pier, and on the bar,
appears to have been attended with considerable expense; and yet
the said bar and flat ground has been constantly increasing in
height, and expanding further to sea." And to strike at the root of
this perpetually growing evil, he recommends the erection of a pier
upon the South Rocks, pursuant to the plan laid before Parliament
in 1759. Mr. Robson's reasons for building a pier upon the South
Rocks was, to prevent, as he said, the ballast f...
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Institution of Civil Engineers
||246 x 189 x 11mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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