1895 Print over 100 years old Boulogne View West Pier (also available unframed)


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Antique print dated 1895.

The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a 
gold frame, your choice.  RtW.4.

Entitled – Boulogne General View from the West Pier.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Boulogne. – A fifty minutes’ run from Calais by the Northern of France Railway takes us right into the Grand Gare of Boulogne-sur-Mer, which has a population of 46,001 (a searching census this).

The town is divided into two parts, the Haute Ville, or old town, on the height to the east, and the far larger Basse Ville, or lower town, which includes the harbour.

The Haute Ville, is inclosed by ramparts, dating from the thirteenth century, 430yds. long and 350yds. broad, flanked by round turrets 55ft. high.

Three of the four gateways are still extant, the south-western gate having disappeared since 1588.

The harbour is increasing in commercial importance.

In 1879 extensive operations with the view of enlarging the port were commenced with truly Gallic impetuosity, but the completion of the works was deferred through lack of funds.

The cathedral was erected from 1827 to 1866, and the lantern surmounting the dome is crowned with a colossal statue of the Virgin, which is the most conspicuous object in the town.

There are over a thousand English residents in Boulogne.

The East Pier stretches into the sea for 650yds., and is a favourite promenade on summer evenings, especially at full tide, when the mail boats are entering or leaving the port.

Our view was taken from the Jetee de l’Ouest (West Pier, which is 765yds. long), and it shows the English packet boat steaming down the River Liane.

Most of the shops are in the Rue Victor Hugo and the Rue Nationale.

There is a museum in the Grand Rue, and also a library containing 50,000 volumes.

For the more worldly, there are the Casino and the races;  and it is fairly well known that the London “turf and commission agent” is not unknown in Boulogne.

The town possesses a fleet of about 250 fishing boats, whose gross catch during a good season is valued at £60,000.

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original and not a photocopy.

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