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West Bay Harbour. A harbour has existed at West Bay for some 600-700 years, but the contemporary arrangement of twin piers that intercept drift to maintain a navigable entrance dates back to the 1820s. Extensive renovation of the harbour and coastal defences has been undertaken in 2004 (compare the two photos). The main works undertaken include reconstruction of a longer west pier and gravel replenishment of West Beach (far side of piers) with construction of a controlling rock groyne. This site has a long history of coastal defence problems associated with depletion of West Beach so that extensive studies were undertaken to provide appropriate designs for the new structures.