Eastbourne Pier, East Sussex

Eastbourne Pier, East Sussex, September 2011

Spans:English Channel
Design:Eugenius Birch
Construction:Raked and vertical cast iron screw piles supporting lattice girders; iron and wood frame
Year opened:1870 (completed 1872)
Original length:305m
Present length:305m
Storm damage:1877
Restoration:1878, 1888, 1889-1901, 1912, 1925, 1951, 1971, 1985, 1990/01

The first 400-seat theatre was constructed for just £250 at the seaward end of Eastbourne Pier in 1888. It was replaced by a 1000-seat theatre, bar, camera obscura and pier office complex in 1899-1901, and the theatre became a home for machine guns in World War II.  The pier has undergone numerous redesigns and restorations, and in 1991 the Duke of Devonshire opened a new £500,000 entrance building. In 1996 it was  voted ‘Pier of the Year’ by members of the National Piers Society.

Grand Parade
East Sussex
BN21 3EL

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