Pleasure piers are part of the old British seaside culture, but are they really worth the money it costs to maintain them? Colwyn Bay pier has been demolished, while the owner of the three Blackpool piers is looking for grants to refurbish the buildings so he can spend the repair fund on the steelwork underneath Piers, those iconic symbols of the British seaside, never seem to be out of the news in the UK.
Pleasure piers were once a common feature of many seaside towns across Britain. Although pleasure piers were predominantly located in England and Wales, they could also be found along the coastlines of Scotland, including around Edinburgh. Extensive storm damage forced its removal by the end of the century.
Craig Roberts Photography. Piers of the Realm. Despite the fire and storm damage, over 50 of our Victorian seaside piers are all going strong.
In the early 19th century working people had very little leisure time. However, things improved by the end of the century. In the Bank Holiday Act gave workers a few paid holidays each year.
Portobello Pier was a pleasure pier opened in Portobello, EdinburghScotland. InParliament passed a Bill for the erection of a pier at Portobello with the view of developing and promoting the town "as a place of pleasure and enjoyment to its inhabitants and to the many visitors from Edinburgh and from afar". In August of that year, on the holiday to mark the centenary of the birth of Sir Walter Scottover people visited the pier, at a cost of one penny.
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There is something irresistible about the great British pleasure piers. They combine a wonderful jumble of national passions: our fascination with the coast and the sea, with Victorian engineering and with the beautiful, eccentric folly that architecture provides every now and then. Add to that the idea of pleasure itself — from slot machines to concerts, as well as the simple charm of a walk out towards the ocean, or a stolen kiss at the end of the promenade.
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Clacton Pier is a pier located in the seaside resort town of Clacton-on-Sea in England. Clacton Pier, which opened on 27 July was officially the first building erected in the then-new resort of Clacton-on-Sea. At the end of the First World War, the pier was bought by Ernest Kingsman, and it remained in the ownership of his family until
The first seaside pier was built at Brighton in It was designed in the style of a suspension bridge and was know as the Chain Pier. It was intended purely as a landing stage for the coasting vessels bringing goods into the town before the railways came, then it was found that large numbers of people found pleasure in promenading along the pier deck, and gradually the pier changed from being a utilitarian jetty to a place of entertainment.