Dignitaries assemble on Roker Pier to watch a block being laid during the visit of the Channel Fleet to Sunderland, 10 September 1895 (TWAM ref. 3768/8).
The Sunderland Daily Echo reported that on 10 September 1895 “Admiral Lord Walter Kerr, in the presence of his staff, members of the River Wear Commission and many influential gentleman laid a 45 ton block in the new Pier.
This set of images relates to Roker Pier, Sunderland and is taken from a scrapbook kept by Henry Hay Wake, chief engineer to the River Wear Commission.
Henry Wake designed Roker Pier and also oversaw its construction from beginning to end. The Pier' s foundation stone was laid in September 1885 and it was formally opened on 23 September 1903. The Pier is 2,800 feet long and was built of Aberdeen granite and concrete cement at a total cost of £290,000.
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