Bournemouth Pier, Dorset
|Design:||(i) unknown; (ii) George Rennie; (iii) Eugenius Birch|
|Construction:||(i) timber; (ii) wooden piles replaced by cast iron in 1866; (iii) wrought iron, concrete sub-structure placed in 1960/ 1979|
|Year opened:||(i) 1856; (ii) 1861; (iii) 1880|
|Original length:||(i) 305m; (ii) 256m|
|Storm damage:||1867, 1876|
|Restoration:||1946, 1950, 1960, 1979-81, 1997-2007|
In common with many piers in the south and east of Britain, Bournemouth Pier was substantially demolished by soldiers from the 18th Field Park Company of the Royal Engineers on the 5th July 1940 as a precaution against German invasion. It is possibly the only British seaside pier to have been the target of an IRA bombing campaign. On 13 August 1993, two incendiary devices were set on the pier: one exploded, but no-one was injured. A zip line that would launch riders from the pier and across the sea to the beach is among new attractions proposed for it.