[ 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…

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 following year, by the…

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 in 1881 (the boathouse…

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 used in the construction…

Compiled by Anthony Wills Following its disastrous fire, SOUTHEND pier recovered sufficiently to reopen to visitors on 1 December. One of the pier trains was brought back into service (the other is having a repaint from its previous, unfortunate, red colour to blue….) A viewing area was set up approximately one mile from the pier…

Compiled by Anthony Wills Sir Lindsay Bryson, Chairman of the BRIGHTON WEST Pier Trust, died on 24 March aged 80, after a long battle with cancer. The Times carried a lengthy obituary on March 29. A memorial service was held on 11 April. His successor is Glynn Jones. The Gambling Bill scraped through Parliament just…

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, music hall, Shakespearean plays, ballet and…

Compiled by Anthony Wills The long-awaited Select Committee report on the future of RAMSEY (Isle of Man) QUEEN’S was discussed, and its proposals rejected, by the island’s Parliament on 22 June. The committee, chaired by Onchan MP Peter Karran, had recommended expenditure of £4.5 million on a three-year phased restoration using modern materials where necessary,…

Compiled by Anthony Wills The Department of Culture Media & Sport launched an Icons of England competition on 9 January, aiming to raise public interest in heritage. Early suggestions included Alice in Wonderland, the King James Bible, FA Cup, Routemaster double-deck buses, a cup of tea, fish and chips, stately homes, red phone boxes, Stonehenge,…

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