Weymouth Pier Bandstand, Dorset

Weymouth Pier Bandstand, Dorset, May 2012

Weymouth Pier Bandstand, Dorset, May 2012

Spans:Weymouth Bay/ English Channel
Design:V J Venning
Construction:Reinforced concrete and steel piles
Year opened:1939
Original length:61m
Present length:15m

Weymouth Pier Bandstand was the subject of an architectural competition run under the supervision of the Royal Institute of British Architects.  V.J.Venning’s design was chosen from twenty-six entries and the pier was subsequently built, opening on 25th May 1939. By the mid-1980s, the actual bandstand section had become too expensive to maintain and it was demolished in 1986, leaving just the entrance on the esplanade. It claims to be the shortest pier in Britain, but this is disputed by Burnham-on-Sea and Cleethorpes.

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Weymouth Bandstand Pier
KEY: white circle = pier & black square = venue