Boscombe Pier, Dorset

Boscombe Pier, Dorset, July 2011

Boscombe Pier, Dorset, July 2011

Spans:English Channel
Design:Archibald Smith
Construction:Original wood and iron; reinforced concrete head, 1929; reinforced concrete neck, 1958
Year opened:1889
Original length:183m
Present length:229m
Restoration:1924/5, 1927, 1958-60, 2007-09

A slightly unusual feature to grace Boscombe Pier was the skeleton of a 65ft whale that had been washed up on a nearby beach in 1887. Displayed for several years, and often used as an impromptu slide by local children, the skeleton was eventually removed and ground down as fertiliser. The pier head was added in 1926, and like most piers it was breached during World War II to combat the threat of invasion. It remained derelict for a number of years and was reopened in 1962 with a modernist style entrance building.

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