Walton-on-the-Naze Pier, Essex
|Design:||(i) John Penrice; (iii) Peter Bruff|
|Year opened:||(i) 1830; (ii) 1871; (iii) 1898|
|Original length:||(i) 244m; (ii) 162m; (iii) 793m|
Walton Pier was originally built to a length of 162 metres in the 1870s. However, the lack of water at the pier-head meant that passengers often had to transfer to small boats to come ashore. The pier was, therefore, extended. It re-opened in 1898 and included a single line electric tramway, which survived until 1935 when it was replaced by an unusual battery-powered carriage. Facilities today include a large undercover amusement arcade at the shoreward end with ten-pin bowling, fairground rides and a rail-less ‘train’ that takes passengers to the pier-head.