Paving the Pier – 1864

Isle of Wight Observer January 9 1864

All the new portion of the pier will, in a few days, be paved with wood bricks, laid in asphalt, and, it is presumed, will be all ready for the locomotive in about a fortnight. Messrs Langdon, the contractors, have now a steam engine, with circular saws, at work, by which it seems they can cut out the blocks of wood to a nicety.

“Healthy Weather” – Popular prejudice calls severe cold healthy; and if it be, health has prevailed since New Year’s Day, but we know that the severity terribly pinches the under-fed and under-clothed, of whom there are plenty around us. Ice wells are filled with good sound ice, so the ends of luxury will be served by the frost.

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