Aberystwyth Royal Pier, Mid Wales

Aberystwyth Royal Pier, Mid Wales, April 2013

Aberystwyth Royal Pier, Mid Wales, April 2013

Spans:Cardigan Bay
Design:Eugenius Birch
Construction:Raked cast iron piles concreted into well holes; cast iron trestles under a wooden deck
Year opened:1865
Original length:214m
Present length:91m
Storm damage:1866, 1938
Restoration:1866-72, 1896, 1965/8, 1986/7

In the health conscious Victorian era, Aberystwyth developed quickly as a holiday resort becoming known as the ’Biarritz of Wales’. Its pier was the first in Wales and cost £13,600. Unlike most piers, Aberystwyth’s is built on solid rock foundations. A convenient outcrop allowed Eugenius Birch to design well holes for the supporting piles which were then concreted in. Wallace Henry Hartley played his violin on British shores for the last time on Aberystwyth Pier in 1911 before perishing on the Titanic when he famously kept his orchestra playing until the very end.

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