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 Designed by Peter Bruff, Manager and Engineer of the Eastern Union Railway, the pier opened on 18th July 1871. A lifeboat station was added in 1878 and extensions in 1890-3 took the pier’s length to 1180 feet. A new polygonal head incorporated a pavilion with concert hall, stalls and refreshment and…

[ Go to Latest Entry ] The first pier was planned in 1828 and and a 600 foot wooden section opened in 1830. The length had increased to one and a quarter miles by 1846, making it the longest pier in Europe. A baggage line was adapted for passenger use. In August 1885, a replacement…

[ Go to Latest Entry ] Work on the 910 foot pier, designed by Eugenius Birch, began in December 1869 and it was opened on the first ever August Bank Holiday (1872). It had cost £23,250 and incorporated a very handsome 2000-seat pavilion at the seaward end. One of the tollhouses was damaged by a…

Go to Latest Entry Building began on this 1760 foot pier in 1891 and it opened on 20th May 1899. The designer was R.St.George Moore. A 1500 seat theatre at the seaward end opened on 3rd April 1901 and there were smaller pavilions for dining, smoking and reading. Ornamental archways carried illuminations. A tramway was…

Go to Latest Entry Cromer Pier has been famous for many years for its traditional summer and Christmas holiday season variety shows and concerts staged on he seaward pavilion. The impressive ambience of the pier is maintained by the complete absence of any amusement machines or other modern artefacts. A 210 foot jetty was built…

Go to Latest Entry The Clevedon Pier Company issued a prospectus in March 1867. Designed by J.W.Grover (1836-92) and R.J.Ward (1817-81), this unique structure used discarded wrought iron railway lines formed into eight, 100 ft arched spans standing on trestles of the same material. The pier is 842 feet long and 48 feet high, to…

[ Go to Latest Entry ] Plans for a second pier at Weston date back to 1880 but work did not commence until 7th November 1903 to the design of P.Munroe. It opened on 11th June 1904. It measured 1080 feet and had cost £120,000, including the 2000 seat pavilion that was home to opera,…

Go to Latest Entry The Worthing Pier Company was formed in 1860 to build a 960 foot pier. Designed by Sir Robert Rawlinson, the first pile was driven on 4th July 1861, and the pier opened on April 12th 1862. A band provided the first pier entertainment in 1874. In 1881, there were daily performances…

[ Go to Latest Entry ] After the passing of a parliamentary act in 1812, plans were drawn up by John Kent of Southampton. Work commenced on 29th July 1813, and the 1740 foot pier opened on 26th July 1814. It was extended in 1824 to 2040 feet and the pier-head was enlarged in 1827.…

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