Southsea South Parade Pier, Hampshire

Southsea South Parade Pier, Hampshire, May 2012

Spans:The Solent/ English Channel
Design:(i) G Rake; (ii) G E Smith
Construction:(i) timber; (ii) cast iron trestles under and wooden and concrete deck
Year opened:(i) 1879 (ii) 1908
Original length:(i) 305m; (ii) 183m
Present length:183m
Fire:1904, 1966, 1974
Storm damage:1964, 1965
Restoration:1906/08, 1910-12, 1966/7, 1974/5

Southsea South Parade Pier was built on the spot where Henry VIII witnessed the sinking of his flagship the Mary Rose on 19 July 1545. Initially its main purpose was as a steamer jetty for Isle of Wight passengers before a spacious pavilion and 1200 seat theatre were built in 1908. The theatre was damaged by fire in 1966 and removed the following year. A further blaze in 1974, during the filming of ‘Tommy’, badly affected the pier, which re-opened the following year after a £500,000 rebuild.  The Grade II listed pier was put up for auction on 12 December 2012 with a guide price of £190,000 to £210,000, however no buyer was forthcoming.

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KEY: white circle = pier & black square = venue