Bognor Regis Pier, West Sussex

Bognor Regis Pier, West Sussex, June 2011

Spans:English Channel
Design:Joseph William Wilson, Sir Charles Fox
Construction:Cast iron trestles under a wooden deck
Year opened:1865
Original length:305m
Present length:107m
Fire:1974
Storm damage:1964, 1965
Restoration:1910-12

Unlike the majority of piers of the time, Bognor Pier was a private undertaking built by the Bognor Promenade Company using local labour. In World War I, 200 men were billeted here and in World War II the pier was used by the Royal Navy as an observation station and renamed HMS Patricia. In 1964 and 1965 severe storms caused the seaward end structure to collapse, causing the total loss of its pavilion. For several years the pier has hosted the annual Birdman Rally, which involves human ‘birdmen’ attempting to fly off the end of the pier into the sea.

Bognor Regis
West Sussex
The Esplanade
Bongnor Regis
PO21 1SY

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