1. The elegant pier at Clevedon in Somerset was built in the 1860s, partially from discarded Isambard Kingdom Brunel railway lines. Sir John Betjeman once described it as “the most beautiful pier in England”.
2. There are said to be 67,000 lights illuminating Brighton’s Palace Pier at night, where locals still head to have a ride on the carousel or dodgems. During the Second World War, to stop it being used by invading forces, an entire section of the pier was removed.
3. Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier has had a rather unfortunate history; its first pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1930 and the second also by fire in 2008. In 2010, the pier reopened after a £39 million renovation.
4. At 1.34 miles, Southend-on-Sea’s pier is the longest pleasure pier in the entire world – it’s so long, it even has a train line. It was built in the 19th century because boats could not stop near the beach at low tide, and it was feared the resort was losing tourism.
5. Blackpool was so popular during the Victorian period that three piers were built. The most famous is probably the Central Pier, which has a 100-feet ferris wheel adorning it.
6. The original pier at Southwold in Suffolk was built in 1900 as a landing stage for steamships travelling from London Bridge. Rebuilt after a storm in the 1930s, it’s now said to be Britain’s only 21st-century pier.
7. The graceful pier at Boscombe, a suburb of Bournemouth, was opened in 1889, though its entrance was added in the 1950s.
8. Not many piers can boast a setting as pretty as this pier, found in the Scottish coastal town of Dunoon. Before the 1960s, paddle steamers carrying holidaymakers from Glasgow would often dock beside it.
9. Penarth in South Wales is home to a Victorian pier with a wonderful art deco pavilion, opened in the 1930s.
10. A local barrister financed the building of Paignton Pier in Devon, which opened to the public in June 1879.
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