British Seaside Piers

    Brighton Palace Pier in the 1900s. © Brighton Museum Archive, Brighton
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    We take a sneaky peek at just a few of the fantastic images included within English Heritage’s latest book commemorating the bicentenary of the opening of the first public pier in Britain.

     

    British Seaside Piers, £25, www.english-heritageshop.org.uk
    British Seaside Piers, £25, www.english-heritageshop.org.uk

    If you’re planning to make the most of the summer sun by grabbing your bucket and spade and heading to one of Britain’s famous seaside resorts, you’re likely to encounter one of the country’s many iconic piers. Although not all have survived the test of time, there are still plenty of these icons of British seaside holidays dotted across the UK.

    The first public pier was opened in 1814 at Ryde on the Isle of Wight and to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the occasion, a new book has been published by English Heritage which highlights a variety of piers past and present across Britain. Take a look at just a few of the incredible images included within the new title.

    Falmouth. © Richard T Riding Collection
    Falmouth. © Richard T Riding Collection

     

    Great Yarmouth. © Richard T Riding Collection
    Great Yarmouth. © Richard T Riding Collection

     

    Southsea Parade. © Leisure Parks Archive
    Southsea Parade. © Leisure Parks Archive

     

     

     

    Cleethorpes pre-WWII. © Richard T Riding Collection
    Cleethorpes pre-WWII. © Richard T Riding Collection

    Cleethorpes Pier

    This image shows the pier prior to the Second World War.

    To find out more about the pier today, visit www.thepiercleethorpes.co.uk

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Belle steamer approaching Clacton Pier Head. Falmouth. © Richard T Riding Collection
    Belle steamer approaching Clacton Pier Head. Falmouth. © Richard T Riding Collectio


    Clacton Pier Head

    www.clactonpier.co.uk

    Blackpool North Pier, c.1890.  © Leisure Parks Archive, Blackpool
    Blackpool North Pier, c.1890. © Leisure Parks Archive, Blackpool

    Blackpool North Pier

    A few of the pier c.1890 with the famous tower in the background.

    www.northpierblackpool.co.uk

     

    Bournemouth Pier entrance c.1910. © Leisure Parks Archive, Blackpool
    Bournemouth Pier entrance c.1910. © Leisure Parks Archive, Blackpool


    Bournemouth Pier entrance

    This images was taken around 1910.

    www.visitbournemouth.com

     

    Cromer Pier opening June 1910. © Cromer Reference Library
    Cromer Pier opening June 1910. © Cromer Reference Library


    Cromer Pier

    An image taken from the opening of the pier in 1901.

    www.cromer-pier.com

     

     

    Hastings c.1905. © Richard T Riding Collection
    Hastings c.1905. © Richard T Riding Collection


    Hastings Pier

    This image, with flags flying and billboards on show, was taken around 1905.

    www.hpcharity.co.uk

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