19th-century Channel Bridge proposal
The English Channel is just big enough to keep the rest of the world comfortably out of sight, but there is an inevitable need for contact. This illustration from the Chicago Sunday Tribune of June 11, 1893 shows the then-current plan to link England with France via either a tunnel or a huge bridge. The "old" bridge route shown at left, originating at Folkestone (green circle), is where the 20th-century Channel Tunnel eventually went. [EB]
A friend in Deal writes that you can see some leftover digging equipment from the original, aborted project"part of an old boring machine (at least, that's what I was told it was) ... in a grassy dell near the Warren." Photos of such machines, and of the surrounding area, can be found in [BJB]'s Riddley Guide.