Burnham-on-Sea Pier, Somerset

Burnham-on-Sea Pier, Somerset, May 2012

Spans:Bristol Channel
Construction:Reinforced concrete and steel
Year opened:(i) 1910; (ii) 1914
Original length:37m
Present length:37m
Storm damage:1981
Restoration:1990s

The great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the inspiration for Burnham Pier, the first to be constructed in reinforced concrete. Granite chippings from Penryn Colliery in Cornwall, which were used in the pier’s original construction, are still used today for routine maintenance. Plans to lengthen the pier did not materialize and, consequently, it has remained one of the shortest in Britain, consisting of little more than a pavilion on piles.

The Esplanade
Burnham-on-Sea
Somerset
TA8 1BG

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Burnham-on-sea Pavilion
KEY: white circle = pier & black square = venue