Saltburn Pier, North Yorkshire

Saltburn Pier, North Yorkshire, March 2011

Spans:North Sea
Design:John Anderson
Construction:Cast iron trestles under a wooden deck
Year opened:1868
Original length:458m
Present length:206m
Storm damage:1874, 1875, 1900, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1973, 1974
Restoration:1877, 1930, 1952, 1978, 2000

It wasn’t until 1861, when the Stockton and Darlington railway was extended to Saltburn, that the town became a famous Victorian resort, complete with the Zetland Hotel, the Ha’Penny Bridge and the pier itself. It is England’s most northerly pier and has survived the rigours of the North Sea for over 140 years, despite being damaged by storms at least eight times.  The Pier is connected to the Saltburn Cliff Lift, one of the world’s oldest water-powered funiculars, as after the pier opened in 1869 it was concluded that the steep cliff walk was deterring people from walking to it from the town.

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