TR1669 : Herne Bay pier in the 1960's

taken 52 years ago, near to Herne Bay, Kent, Great Britain

Herne Bay pier in the 1960's
Herne Bay pier in the 1960's
Looking towards the seaward end of the pier, which at one time was a landing stage for visiting steamers. This was the third pier to be built at Herne Bay, opened in 1897. Estimates of its length vary from 1097m to 1147m, putting it second to the one at Southend-on-Sea. The length was sufficient to justify the provision of a small electric railway, the rails of which are visible in the photo. Steamboat services from the end of the pier ceased in 1963 and public access to the pier was denied in 1968 when it was considered to be in a dangerous state. Winter storms in 1978 and 1979 caused the collapse of the central section leaving the landing stage as it is now, adrift at sea (LinkExternal link ). The landward stub of the pier now houses a sports centre (see LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link ).
The full length pier made an appearance in Ken Russell's first feature film "French Dressing" in 1964.

Best estimate for the date of this photo is 1965-1967.

An equivalent view in 2010: TR1669 : The end of two piers

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TR1669, 14 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
1966   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 5 August, 2008
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure 
Piers > Piers   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 168 692 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.8563N 1:6.9146E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 170 688
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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