Southsea Clarence Pier, Hampshire
|Spans:||The Solent/ English Channel|
|Design:||(i) Mouchel & Partners (deck and landing stage), A E Cogswell & Son, R Lewis Reynish (super-structure)|
|Construction:||(i) iron with concrete extension; (ii) steel frame|
|Year opened:||(i) 1861; (ii) 1961|
The original Clarence Pier was opened by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in August 1882 and, in 1905, a concrete extension was built to accommodate increasing boat traffic. Bombing destroyed the pier on 10th January 1941 but in 1953 the first pile of the reconstructed, lower structure was driven. Billed as ‘the largest amusement complex on the south coast’, the pier is unusual in being a lot wider than its length. The Solent remains a busy shipping channel and Ryde Hovercraft Ferry beaches next to the pier.