Bournemouth Pier, Dorset

Bournemouth Pier, Dorset, July 2011

Spans:English Channel
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
Present length:229m
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.

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Bournemouth Pier
KEY: white circle = pier & black square = venue