Deal Pier, Kent

Deal Pier, Kent, October 2011

Spans:North Sea
Design:(i) J Rennie; (ii) Eugenius Birch; (iii) Sir W Halcrow & Partners
Construction:(i) timber; (ii) wrought and cast iron, (iii) hollow steel piles surrounded by concrete, steel beams encased in concrete, concrete decking
Year opened:(i) 1838; (ii) 1864; (iii) 1957
Original length:(i) 76m; (ii) 336m
Present length:313m
Storm damage:1949, 1953, 1976, 1978, 1990
Restoration:1905, 1908, 1930, 1955, 1968, 1993

Deal Pier was the first new post-war pier, but there were two other piers here previously. On January 29th 1940, the Dutch vessel ‘Nora’, having been beached following damage by a mine, drifted against the pier, destroying 200 feet of ironwork. Winston Churchill gave the army permission to demolish the pier to allow coastal guns a clear line of sight. Work began on the present pier in 1954, which was opened in 1957 by the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Deal Pier
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