2000

TQ8884 : Southend Pier

taken 24 years ago, near to Southend-on-Sea, England

This is 1 of 22 images, with title Southend Pier in this square
Southend Pier
Southend Pier
Looking towards the end of the pier from the railway passing loop.
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

Read more at Wikipedia LinkExternal link


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Geographical Context: Coastal Sport, Leisure Railways Place: Thames Estuary Primary Subject: Pier other tags: Pier Pier Railway Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
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TQ8884, 136 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Stephen McKay   (more nearby)
Date Taken
February 2000   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 22 February, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8871 8403 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.4190N 0:43.1298E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8870 8404
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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