TQ8884 : Southend Pier

taken 7 years ago, near to Southend-on-Sea, Great Britain

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Southend Pier
Southend Pier
Southend-on-Sea Pier :: TQ8883
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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Pleasure Piers
Seaside pleasure piers were first built during the early 19th century, and became popular during the Victorian era of the mid to late 1800s. During this period, the railways were expanding allowing mass tourism to the coastal resort towns. Pleasure piers allowed holiday makers to promenade over and alongside the sea at all times. Since the introduction of commercial flights from the 1950s holiday makers flocked abroad and the seaside towns lost the tourist trade. Many piers became unprofitable and fell into disrepair. Many have since been destroyed by storms, demolished, or lay derelict. The earliest pier was built at Ryde and opened 1814. It is still open to this day.
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TQ8884, 124 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 3 March, 2012   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 16 May, 2012
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Coastal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8852 8477 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.8216N 0:42.9894E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8848 8515
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