Southwold Pier, Suffolk
|Design:||(i) W Jeffrey; (ii) Brian Howard|
|Year opened:||(i) 1900; (ii) 2001|
|Storm damage:||1934, 1955, 1979|
|Restoration:||1948, 1987/8, 1998, 2000/1|
Southwold pier was constructed in 1900, following the passing of the Southwold Pier Order in 1899. ‘Belle’ steamers called from London, Clacton and Great Yarmouth until the 1930s. The pier was sectioned as a war precaution in 1940 and later damaged by a drifting sea mine. It was restored in 1948. A further major refurbishment programme began in 1999 and was completed in 2001 almost 100 years after the pier had first opened. Britain’s third post war pier, it features a collection of modern coin-operated novelty machines designed and constructed by the inventor Tim Hunkin, and is enjoying renewed popularity.