Torquay Princess Pier, Devon

Torquay Princess Pier, Devon, May 2012

Spans:English Channel
Design:Alfred Thorne
Construction:Steel lattice and timber on mass concrete groin
Year opened:1894
Original length:238m
Present length:238m
Restoration:1906, 1957-64, 1978/9

The Princess Pier in Torquay, the self-proclaimed English Riviera, is perched atop the harbour wall with one set of legs in the sea. The harbour groin was built in 1890 and the steel lattice and timber structure on top was added in 1894, followed by a landing quay on the seaward side of the pier-head in 1906. One of the few buildings constructed on the pier was the ‘Islander’ entertainment complex at the pier-head but it was severely damaged by fire in 1974 and subsequently demolished.  The pier was a favoured spot for crime-writer Agatha Christie to go roller-skating.

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