Cost of plugging Southsea sea wall

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We have all read about the caving in of the sea wall along Southsea Esplanade in recent weeks, but it happened before – 90 years ago.

I do not know the cost of bringing huge boulders from Cornwall to Southsea today to shore it up, but I wonder if the bill will come anywhere near the cost in 1925?

In the minutes of a council meeting on October 13, 1925 the War Office intimated the contractors’ outstanding claim in connection with the re-construction of the sea wall to the west of Southsea Castle had been settled.

The cost was £14,604 less £7,302 chargeable to Army Funds.

With inflation, the same sum today is £793,000.