You Make Me Hole

As with any construction, before you build up, you must dig down and excavate your foundations.

This archive image from 10th June 1973 gives a view of the very early excavation of the Hessle Pier, and you can see the cofferdam on the far side of the hole (looks like a black fence/wall) which was erected to keep the river at bay.

(Photograph by Arthur Dennison)