Southend-on-Sea Pier :: Shared Description

At over 2 kilometres (1.3 miles) long this is the longest pier in the UK. It was built in 1890 and had two sets of railway lines, there is now only one set with two trains running. In 2005 there was a fire at the end of the pier destroying the station, pub and snack bar. There is now a modern station terminal. The pier has been subject to a number of fires over the years, including in 1959, 1976 and 1995.

At the far end of the pier is a wide area that boats can moor at, and a two storey section with lifeboat museum and a promenade above. The pier is in the Thames Estuary and the sea is too shallow at times too allow larger boats close to the shore, and a long pier was necessary to reach deeper waters.

In 2010 it cost £3 to walk on the pier, and £3.50 for a return train ride.

The pier replaced an earlier wooden pier built between 1830 and 1846.

Further developments are proposed at the end of the pier. See LinkExternal link

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TQ8883 : Railway on Southend-on-Sea Pier by Oast House Archive
TQ8983 : Steaming Away from Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, Essex by Christine Matthews
TQ8884 : Southend Pier by N Chadwick
TQ8884 : Southend Pier by N Chadwick
TQ8884 : Southend Pier by N Chadwick
TQ8884 : Shelter on Southend Pier by Oast House Archive
TQ8983 : Ruddy Turnstone on Southend Pier by Oast House Archive
TQ8884 : Southend Pier by N Chadwick
TQ8884 : Southend Pier by N Chadwick
TQ8983 : End of Southend Pier by Oast House Archive
TQ8883 : Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, Essex by Christine Matthews
TQ8983 : Steaming Away from Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, Essex by Christine Matthews
TQ8884 : Southend Pier by N Chadwick
TQ8883 : End of Southend-on-Sea Pier by Oast House Archive
TQ8983 : Steaming Away from Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, Essex by Christine Matthews
TQ8883 : Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, Essex by Christine Matthews
TQ8884 : Southend Pier by Oast House Archive
TQ8884 : Southend Pier by N Chadwick
TQ8884 : Entrance path to Southend Pier by Oast House Archive
TQ8883 : Casting Off, Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, Essex by Christine Matthews


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Created: Thu, 9 Sep 2010, Updated: Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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