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18 May 2023
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18 May 2023
The pleasure pier was an integral part of the development of the great British seaside, which reached its apogee in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. However, for every pier that was built in the ‘Pier Mania’ years of 1860-1910, there were others that were proposed but never sprouted from the seabed. This lecture, which ties in with a book to be published by the NPS, will explain some of these ‘Piers that never were’, including examples of piers that were started but never finished, and will also detail some of the resorts which failed to build a pleasure pier despite many attempts.
Martin Easdown is recognised as one of the leading authorities on the history of the seaside pleasure pier and has been the Archivist of the National Piers Society since 1994. He is also a prolific writer on piers, as well as other seaside attractions, and is a well-respected local historian who has been researching and publishing books on Folkestone, Hythe and other areas of Kent for nearly thirty years.
This is event is free to attend for NPS members/ £4 for non-members.