Herne Bay Pier, Kent

Herne Bay Pier, Kent, October 2011

Spans:River Thames/ North Sea
Design:(i) Thomas Telford and Thomas Rhodes; (ii) Wilkinson and Smith; (iii) E Matheson
Construction:(i) timber; (ii) wood and iron; (iii) iron piles, steel supports, timber deck
Year opened:(i) 1832; (ii) 1873; (iii) 1899
Original length:(i) 1108m: (ii) 98m; (iii) 1155m
Present length:98m
Fire:1928, 1970
Storm damage:1860s, 1953, 1978
Restoration:1873, 1896-99, 1946, 1976

Herne Bay Pier has had three incarnations. The first in 1832 was a wooden pier 1832 metres long, the second was a more modest wood and iron affair. After a virtual rebuild (completed in 1899), Herne Bay’s ‘third’ pier measured 1155 metres. An electric tramway (used during construction work) was retained . During World War II, the pier’s pavilion was turned into a factory for making camouflage netting. In 2011, the Herne Bay Pier Trust revealed plans to light up the old pier head using solar panels and lighting posts.

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