The 37th Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held online this year, via Zoom, due to Covid restrictions. While the Society recognise that an online meeting cannot replace our highly enjoyable weekend of events, we do hope that our online programme will entertain and inform you. The online events will begin at 2pm…

Go to Latest Entry Penarth Pier is one of the last remaining Victorian piers in Wales. Building of the pier, which was privately owned by the Penarth Promenade & Landing Pier Company, commenced in April 1894. The contractors were James & Arthur Mayoh with a local man, Herbert Francis Edwards, being the engineer for the…

Bournemouth University’s Online Public Lecture series shares the best of BU through a series of free online public lectures. This free online lecture commences at 7pm on Thursday 24th March. Dr Anya Chapman & Dr Duncan Light will explore the iconic past of the Great British seaside, while Dr Sam Goodman will discuss creative uses for…

Go to Latest Entry A 100 foot wooden jetty was completed on 2nd August 1856. It was replaced in 1861 by a 1000 foot wooden pier designed by George Rennie. This opened on 17th September 1861 having cost £3,418. The piles were replaced in cast iron in 1866 and the ‘T’ shaped head was swept…

Go to Latest Entry The foundation stone of this Birch-designed pier was laid in 1864. It opened on 5th June 1867 and consisted of a 1040 foot cantilever construction to Birnbeck Island and a short jetty extending westwards from the island. 1872 improvements included the 250 foot wooden north jetty. A lifeboat station was added…

Go to Latest Entry The pier was built just before the First World War and was the first concrete structure of its type in Europe. Granite chippings from Penryn Colliery in Cornwall, which were used in the pier’s original construction, are still used today for routine maintenance. Intentions to lengthen the pier did not materialize…

Go to Latest Entry Work began in 1899 to the design of Maynall and Littlewood of Manchester. The pier opened on 1st June 1900 to a length of 220 feet, including a 2500 seat pavilion. The Bijou Theatre, built in 1916, accommodated 600. In 1922, the main pavilion was burnt down. It was replaced the…

Go to Latest Entry Designed by W.Sutcliffe Marsh, the 835 foot pier opened on May 10th 1898. It had cost £10,000. It was the terminus for the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, the promoter being John Jones Jenkins of the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway. Amusement Equipment Co. Ltd (AMECO) gained a licence to operate the…

Go to Latest Entry Grade II listed Aberystwyth Pier, the oldest in Wales, was one of 14 designed by master pier builder Eugenius Birch (1818-84). Built in 1864 for the Aberystwyth Pier Company and engineered by John Dowson, it was the principality’s first purpose-built pleasure pier (as opposed to a landing jetty), cost £13,600 and…

Plans for a pier at Fleetwood were originally proposed by Richard Edmunds in 1892 but were rejected. Revised plans from G.T.Lumb were submitted and approved in 1909. The 492 foot pier opened on Whit Monday 1910. A pavilion was added in 1911 and further improvements took place in 1930 and 1938. A projection room became…