Skegness Pier, Lincolnshire

Skegness Pier, Lincolnshire, September 2012

Skegness Pier, Lincolnshire, September 2012

Spans:North Sea
Design:Charles Clarke and Robert Pickwell
Construction:Screw piles, cast iron columns, iron lattice girders and bracings
Year opened:1881
Original length:554m
Present length:118m
Storm damage:1882, 1953, 1978
Restoration:1898, 1929/30, 1936/9, 2005/6

In 1877, the Earl of Scarborough, who had brought the railway to Skegness, formed the Skegness Pier Company.  There was a competition to design the pier and Clarke & Pickwell’s design was chosen from 44 entries.  Construction cost £20,840, and it was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh on the 4th June 1881.  The sight of a defrocked rector, a certain Harold Davidson, preaching from inside a lion’s cage, was apparently not uncommon during the late 1930s.  Unfortunately he was mauled by a lion in 1938 and died a few days later.

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