British Seaside Piers from 1391

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Clacton pier front

Clacton pier


Whatever the weather, you and the family will have a great value fun day out at Clacton Pier.
Packed with indoor and outdoor activities, events, rides and amusements there is always something going on… Clacton Pier offers a host of fun indoor activities for the kids. Encounter the creatures of the deep lurking in our very own sea life aquarium “The SeaQuarium”. Don’t get road rage get even and release the beast on our hilarious bumper cars.

As an Island race and surrounded by water I thought as English Seaside Piers are well-liked with us Brits I believed I would tell the history of Piers and list all the English Piers with dates of building. There have been extremely few piers built since the Initial World War. Nevertheless, due to the precarious nature of piers – they are frequently prey to fires, collisions, and storm damage. Right now several piers have been completely changed in the period from the thirties to the present day.

The oldest Pier in England is in Cramer where there has been a pier or jetty in Cromer, Norfolk, England given that 1391. Letters granting the appropriate to levy duties for repairs recommend that attempts at maintenance appear to have gone on until 1580. In 1582, Queen Elizabeth I granted the correct to the inhabitants of Cromer to export wheat, barley and malt for the upkeep of their town and towards the rebuilding of the pier.

The oldest cast iron pier in the world is Gravesend Town Pier in Kent which opened in 1834. However, it is not recognised by the National Piers Society as becoming a seaside pier.

There are still a substantial quantity of piers of architectural merit nevertheless standing, even though some have been lost.

The most well known piers are possibly the two at Brighton in East Sussex and the 3 at Blackpool in Lancashire.

Two piers, Brighton’s now derelict West Pier and Clevedon Pier have been Grade 1 listed: Brighton West lost its status right after a series of fires and storms. The Birnbeck Pier in Weston-Super-Mare is the only pier in the globe that is linked to an island.

The National Piers Society gives a figure of 55 surviving seaside piers in England and Wales.


Herne Bay Pier

Blackpool Pier

Bognor Regis Pier

Boscombe Pier

Bournemouth Pier

Brighton Pier

Burnham-on-Sea Pier

Clacton on Sea Pier

Clarence Pier

Cleethorpes Pier

Clevedon Pier

Cromer Pier

Deal Pier

Eastbourne Pier

Felixstowe Pier

Fleetwood Pier

Great Yarmouth Pier

Harwich Pier

Hastings Pier

Herne Bay Pier

Hythe Pier

Lowestoft Pier

Lytham St Annes Pier

New Brighton Pier

Paignton Pier

Portsmouth Pier

Ryde Pier

Saltburn-by-the-Sea Pier

Sandown Pier

Southend-on-Sea Pier

Southport Pier

South Parade Pier

Southsea Pier

Southwold Pier

Swanage Pier


Totland, Isle of Wight Pier

Walton on the Naze Pier

Weston-super-Mare Pier

Weymouth Pier

Whitby Pier

Wigan Pier

Worthing Pier

Yarmouth Pier


Aberystwyth Pier

Bangor Pier

Beaumaris Pier

Colwyn Bay Pier

Llandudno Pier

Mumbles Pier

Penarth Pier

Isle Of Man

Ramsey Pier

In their heyday, there were many pleasure piers across England. These were found in most fashionable seaside resorts throughout the Victorian era.

One comment to British Seaside Piers from 1391

  • EastAngliaUK  says:

    I must get one some time as they are? so cheap.

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