Welcome to the National Piers Society
The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a powerful
reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and
entrepreneurs. At the turn of the last century, almost a hundred
piers existed: now only half remain and several face an uncertain
At Colwyn Bay,
for example, strenuous efforts are being made to secure funding to save the now
dilapidated Victoria Pier from being demolished.
Birnbeck Pier at
Weston-Super-Mare, unique in being built partially on an island, is also in mortal danger of
being lost forever.
And, at Hastings, the fierce battle by local people, led by
the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust, to save their beautiful
pier following the devastating fire on October 5th 2010 looks at last to be achieveing a successful outcome, proving that piers at risk can still be saved.
The National Piers Society was founded in 1979 under Sir John
Betjeman, at a time when some of the finest piers were threatened
with demolition. Over the years the Society has grown steadily and
has become well established as the leading authority on piers.
Through its efforts, several piers that would otherwise have
vanished, remain for the enjoyment of everyone.
The Society's aims are to promote and sustain interest in the
preservation and continued enjoyment of seaside piers. It
publishes a Guide to British Piers and a quarterly magazine, and
advises heritage bodies, lottery boards, local authorities and the
media on pier matters. It maintains links with the British
Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (representing
pier owners) and the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, whose
ships operate excursions from pier landing stages.
The Society has instituted an award scheme for engineering
in pier restoration. It organises visits and talks and
holds its Annual General Meeting in a different resort each year.
In the longer term, the Society wishes to establish a network of
regional branches and a National Piers Museum.
We organise visits and talks and hold our Annual General Meeting
in a different resort each year. The 2013 AGM was held at Southwold Pier
on Saturday June 8th and included a dinner in the evening and a
coach trip the next day.
The 2014 AGM will be held in Ryde on the Isle of Wight to celebrate Ryde Pier's 200th anniversary.
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PIER OF THE YEAR
Clevedon is PIER OF THE YEAR 2013.
Stretching gracefully 850 ft into the Bristol Channel, Clevedon Pier was once memorably described by Sir John Betjeman as “delicate as a Japanese print in the mist”.
OTHER BRITISH PIERS &
Here we provide a list of the large number of structures,
additional to those detailed in the main sections of this
website, but referred to nonetheless as 'piers' or 'jetties',
which were built throughout Britain
Piers and other pier-like structures have
been built in a number of countries outside the United Kingdom.
The most significant of these structures are listed on this
page with links to reference websites where available.