Birling Gap cliff edge cottage slowly dismantled

Demolition continues at Birling Gap
Demolition continues at Birling Gap

This dramatic picture shows how part of the cottage closest to the edge of Birling Gap cliffs has been partially dismantled after demolition workers moved in.

This week contractor Best Demolition started to take down part of the cottage closest to the edge of Birling Gap cliffs.

One week in and this picture taken on Tuesday by Express photographer Peter Cripps shows how a section of the cottage’s main body has been removed.

Bad storms and waves caused the rock face to crumble putting the building precariously close to the cliff edge after seven years’ worth of erosion crumbled into the sea.

The owner of the cottage was advised by Wealden District Council to demolish the building in February in a bid to stop it from falling over the cliff edge.

Last week the Express reported how work had begun on the cottage and now workmen have removed the tiles on the cottage’s roof and removed a section of the cottage.

The National Trust owns three of the cottages and four, including the cottage being demolished, are privately owned.

Due to the cliff erosion the National Trust took down the cottage next door to the threatened cottage 12 years ago.

The cottages are the second to be built after the former cottages were abandoned because of the cliff erosion.

The National Trust had to take down its sun lounge and ice cream parlour at the site in February following rock falls at the cliffs.

To purchase pictures of the iconic cottage being demolished you can visit and search for L1412014.