Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 35. Chapters: Herne Bay Pier, Southend Pier, Birnbeck Pier, Hastings Pier, Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, West Pier, Hythe Pier, Railway and Ferry, Saltburn Pier, Wigan Pier, Clevedon Pier, Brighton Pier, Eastbourne Pier, Ryde Pier, North Pier, Blackpool, Cromer Pier, Clarence Pier, South Pier, Blackpool, The Royal Suspension Chain Pier, Clacton Pier, Central Pier, Blackpool, Worthing Pier, Fleetwood Pier, Gravesend town pier, Sandown Pier, Cleethorpes Pier, Swanage Pier, Wellington Pier, Weymouth Pier, Southwold Pier, Southport Pier, Paignton Pier, South Parade Pier, Grand Pier, Teignmouth. Excerpt: Herne Bay Pier was the third pier to be built at Herne Bay, Kent for passenger steamers. It was notable for its length of 3,787 feet (1,154 m) and for appearing in the opening sequence of Ken Russell's first feature film French Dressing. It was destroyed in a storm in 1978 and dismantled in 1980, leaving a stub with sports centre at the landward end, and part of the landing stage isolated at sea. It was preceded by two piers: a wooden deep-sea pier designed by Thomas Rhodes, assistant of Thomas Telford, and a second shorter iron version by Wilkinson & Smith. First pier, by Edmund Evans, 1850According to The Illustrated London News of 1850, Herne Bay had fewer than a dozen inhabitants at the beginning of the 19th century, until a military encampment prompted expansion of population. This small development in turn attracted visitors who disembarked via hoys from passing London-Margate steamers. After a few bumpy rides in hoys the visitors decided they needed a pier and family accommodation at Herne Bay, and so the first Herne Bay Pier began. At the behest of a group of investors led by Surrey building contractor George Burge who had worked for Thomas Telford in St Katharine's Dock, a 3,613 feet (1,101 m) long and 24 feet (7.3 m) wide p...
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