Clacton-on-Sea Pier, Essex

Clacton-on-Sea Pier, Essex, May 2013

Clacton-on-Sea Pier, Essex, May 2013

Spans:North Sea
Design:Peter Schuyler Bruff
Construction:Steel piles, pitch pine deck
Year opened:1871
Original length:(i) 146m; (ii) 360m, 1893
Present length:360m
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.

Clacton-on-Sea
Essex
CO15 1QX

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Clacton-on-sea Pier
KEY: white circle = pier & black square = venue