Durdle Pier

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Durdle Pier is a disused 17th-century stone shipping quay, located on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England; part of the Jurassic Coast. It is found close by Yeolands Quarry, on the east side of the island within the area of East Weares and Penn's Weare.[1]


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Cliff path above Durdle Pier (seen bottom left).
File:Durdle Pier Portland Crane Remains.JPG
One of three remaining parts of the destroyed crane lying along the eastern coastline.

Durdle Pier dates back to the 17th century,[2] and became one of the main stone shipping places on the east side.[3] East and Penn's Weares were the location of Sir Christopher Wren's first workings of stone to rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666.[4] During the mid-19th century, the original crane was replaced with one made by Galpin of Dorchester.[3]

Once quarrying in the area ended, fishermen became the pier's main users for lifting boats from the water. The crane became broken and beyond repair in the early 21st-century.[5] During 2014 the pier's crane was destroyed by the sea. Within close proximity to the pier are two World War II pillboxes.[6][7]

The Great Southwell Landslip, Britain's second largest recorded historical landslide, occurred in 1734, between Durdle Pier and Freshwater Bay.[8] The Dorset names Durlston Bay and Head (in Swanage) and Durdle Pier, again without early spellings, can be associated etymologically with Durdle Door.[9]


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