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End of an era as iconic pilot control tower is demolished at Folkestone Harbour

28 August 2014
by Matt Leclere

For decades it has dominated the Folkestone harbour skyline, but demolition teams have been smashing down the iconic pilot tower.

The concrete former control centre for Folkestone Harbour has been derelict for several years since ferry services ceased.

The work started a fortnight after the Office of Rail Regulation ratified the closure of the Folkestone Harbour branch line and old railway station which served the port.

The iconic concrete pilot tower in Folkestone Harbour is demolished to make way for the seafront redevelopment. Picture Freddie Lee Thompson

The iconic concrete pilot tower in Folkestone Harbour is demolished to make way for the seafront redevelopment. Picture: Freddie Lee Thompson

A harbour revision order is being sought be the Folkestone Harbour Company.

It could see the harbour close to commercial shipping ahead of the redevelopment of the whole seafront area into shops, homes, restaurants and leisure facilities.

The control room, equipped with the latest VHF radio, radar and telex equipment, was the 'nerve hub' of the service.

The control room, equipped with the latest VHF radio, radar and telex equipment, was the 'nerve hub' of the service.

The Trinity House Pilot station when it first opened

The Trinity House Pilot station when it first opened

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