Blackpool North Pier, Lancashire
|Construction:||Cast iron and wrought iron piles spanned by plate girders under a wooden deck|
|Original length:||(i) 430m; (ii) 1869: 503m|
|Fire:||1921, 1938, 1985|
|Storm damage:||1987, 1997|
|Restoration:||1870, 1980, 1991|
The North Pier is the oldest and longest of the three piers in Blackpool. Unlike Blackpool’s other piers, which attracted the working classes, North Pier catered to the ‘better-class’ market, with orchestral concerts and respectable comedians. It was damaged in 1867 by wreckage from Nelson’s former flagship, the ‘Foudroyant’, which had been moored off the pier for an exhibition. It is designated as a Grade II listed building, due to its status as the oldest surviving pier designed by Eugenius Birch.