Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier, Norfolk
|Design:||(i) A W Morant; (ii) James and Arthur Mayoh|
|Construction:||Pier neck, 104 screw piles supporting steelwork; pier head 200 karri wood piles|
|Year opened:||(i) 1858; (ii) 1901 (temporary), 1902|
|Original length:||(i) 153m; (ii) 168m|
|Fire:||1909, 1914, 1932, 1954|
|Restoration:||1901/02, 1910, 1914, 1933, 1946/7, 1957/8|
The Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier has suffered an unusual number of accidents in its history. The length of the pier was reduced by a ship collision in 1859 and storm damage in 1868. A replacement was started in 1900 to the design of Joseph and Arthur Mayoh, however, it was destroyed by fire in 1909. The second pavilion was completed in 1910, but was itself burnt down on 17th April 1914, allegedly by suffragettes, who had been refused permission to hold a meeting there.