National Piers Society
History of Teignmouth Grand Pier

Work began in 1865 and the 700 foot structure opened in 1867. Designed by J.W.Wilson, its construction incorporated cast-iron screw piles.

It was later purchased by Mr Arthur Ryde Denby who planned to relocate the pier in Paignton. However, because of structural difficulties, a new pier was built at Paignton and Teignmouth was restored, re-opening on July 24th 1876.

Improvements included a 260 foot pavilion at the shoreward end and development of the seaward end. Work on the Castle pavilion was completed in 1890. During the summer months, excursion steamers called on a daily basis.

In the early 1960s, a bridge connecting the landing stage to the rest of the structure was removed, reducing the pier's length by 75 feet.

New steel piling was inserted under all the pier buildings. A groyne scheme caused the undermining of many of the old wooden piles and additional work became necessary at the shoreward end to repair the damage.

The shoreward end pavilion housed shops and amusements, whilst the rebuilt deck had fairground rides and a go-kart track on the site of the old Castle pavilion, which had been destroyed by fire many years earlier.

In February 2014, the pier was closed after being badly damaged by huge waves and strong winds, with repairs estimated in the hundreds of thousands of pounds. The pier eventually reopened in July, with new retail units and new machines having been provided.

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  Pier Statistics
 
Length Opened Status Owner
Initially 700ft
now 625ft (191m)
1867 Unlisted Grand Pier Teignmouth Ltd

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