St Helier Harbour - early pictures

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The first jetty in 1770, some distance from the town of St Helier
And another view by an unknown artist in 1776
The North Pier in the mid-19th century
A panoramic view of the Harbour in the first decade of the 19th century. From left to right: La Folie with two boats in the English Harbour in front. The harbourmouth is formed by the ends of the South Pier on the left and the North Pier on the right. That appears to slope towards the beach from half way down and not to be connected to anything. What is now known as the Weighbridge area has not been reclaimed. That work started around 1825; the North Pier was in use by 1798. So the picture can probably be dated to the first decade of the 19th century. But what are all those buildings shown at the bottom of Westmount? This area was sand dunes at the time. The only town buildings were out of the picture on the right, but perhaps this was artistic licence
This magnificent etching of Elizabeth Castle in 1786 shows how tantalisingly close to the St Helier shoreline the castle stands, but plans which have surfaced on several occasions over the past 200 years to create a large, deep-water harbour linking the castle to the shore have never materialised. The unknown artist's work shows just how tiny the embryo St Helier Harbour was, and how isolated it was from the town it was intended to serve
Before the harbour was dredged, water used regularly to drain out entirely, as this painting of the pierhead by Edward William Cooke shows. The work is not dated, but a painting by Cooke of Elizabeth Castle is known to have been executed in 1841, when the artist was 30
A 1785 painting by Thomas Whitcombe
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