Clacton-on-Sea Pier, Essex
|Design:||Peter Schuyler Bruff|
|Construction:||Steel piles, pitch pine deck|
|Original length:||(i) 146m; (ii) 360m, 1893|
|Storm damage:||1978, 1979, 1987|
|Restoration:||1890/3, 1922, 1931/2, 1994|
Originally built as a landing point for goods and passengers Clacton Pier became popular for promenading as the town grew in popularity with day trippers. During World War II, the town was a target for departing Luftwaffe bombers, with the metallic pier on a reflective sea an easy target. The casino and theatre were casualties of war, and were subsequently demolished. In 2009 the pier was sold to two local brothers, Billy and Elliot Ball. In the same year a 50ft-tall helter-skelter was erected as part of their plan to renew the pier’s fortunes.