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The Old Piers, Engraving c1850 from an earlier painting of c.1740-50, Littlehampton, Sussex - Ref- 071
The Arun has always had a problem with silting and a number of river mouth channels were cut over time as river silting occurred and in 1730 the main channel
was only 5 feet deep. It was not until 1735 that a new channel was cut and two piers were built at the mouth of the Arun to finally fix its position.
The West Pier caught the sand and silt which would have clogged up the river and allowed the formation of shallow sand flats and sand dunes on the West Beach.
The successors to these original piers are what you see today.
Chris Richardson

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Keys- West engraving from painting Littlehampton piers c.1740