2017

SH5873 : The end of Garth Pier, Bangor

taken 7 years ago, near to Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales

The end of Garth Pier, Bangor
The end of Garth Pier, Bangor
Also referred to as Bangor Pier.
At 1,500 feet long and extending about half way across the Menai Strait, the distance from the tea rooms at the end of the pier to Anglesey is about another 1,500 feet.
The impressive building at the upper left is Bryn Mel Manor which originally belonged to the owners of the White Star line which included the Titanic. It was more recently a nursing home until 2011 when it was sold for redevelopment as luxury apartments.
Garth Pier

Garth Pier is a Grade II* listed structure LinkExternal link in Bangor, North Wales. At 1,500 feet in length, it is the second-longest pier in Wales, and the ninth longest in the British Isles.
Designed by J.J. Webster of Westminster, London. The wooden deck has a series of octagonal kiosks with roofs, plus street lighting, which lead to a pontoon landing stage for pleasure steamers on the Menai Strait.
Opened to the public on 14 May 1896, the ceremony performed by George Douglas-Pennant, 2nd Baron Penrhyn.

Menai Straits

The Menai Strait (Welsh: Afon Menai, the "River Menai") is a narrow stretch of shallow tidal water about 25 km long, which separates the island of Anglesey from the mainland of Wales.
The strait is bridged in two places the main A5 road is carried over the strait by Thomas Telford's suspension bridge, the first of its kind, opened in January 1826, and adjacent to this is Robert Stephenson's 1850 Britannia Tubular Bridge. Between the two bridge crossings there is a small island in the middle of the strait, Ynys Gorad Goch, on which are built a house and outbuildings and around which are the significant remains of fish traps, no longer used.
The differential tides at the two ends of the strait cause very strong currents to flow in both directions through the strait at different times, creating dangerous conditions. One of the most dangerous areas of the strait is known as the Swellies (or Swillies Welsh Pwll Ceris) between the two bridges. Here rocks near the surface cause over-falls and local whirlpools, which can be of considerable danger in themselves and cause small boats to founder on the rocks.
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link


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Geographical Context: Suburb, Urban fringe Estuary, Marine Place: Bangor Menai Strait Primary Subject: Pier other tags: Garth Pier Titanic Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Articles: · Images shortlisted for POTY, 2017 Automatic Clusters: · Menai Strait [53] · Menai Strait at Bangor [35] · Anglesey [19] · Way [7] · Tea Rooms [6] ·
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SH5873, 337 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Robin Drayton   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 28 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 5823 7360 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.4265N 4:7.5506W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 5830 7345
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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