Great Yarmouth Wellington Pier, Norfolk

Great Yarmouth Wellington Pier, Norfolk, June 2012

Spans:North Sea
Design:Peter Ashcroft
Construction:Originally all timber, replaced by steel girders on wooden piles
Year opened:1853
Original length:212m
Present length:212m
Restoration:1901/03, 1971, 2003

Suggestions to build a promenade and landing pier at Great Yarmouth were made as early as 1843. However, it was not until 1853 that the 700 foot long ‘Wellington’ pier (named after the famous Duke who had died the previous year) opened.  In 1889, mixed bathing was permitted from the pier provided bathers wore ‘suitable garments’ although nude bathing was permitted for men before 8am. The entertainer Jim Davidson took over the lease of the pier between 1996-2002 but was unable to halt its deterioration. It was refurbished in 2003 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Marine Parade
Great Yarmouth
NR30 3JF

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Great Yarmouth Wellington Pier
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