Weymouth Pleasure Pier, Dorset
|Spans:||Weymouth Bay/ English Channel|
|Construction:||(i) concrete and stone; (ii) reinforced concrete & steel piles|
|Year opened:||(i) 1840, (ii) 1933|
|Original length:||(i) 275m; (ii) 397m|
There are two parts to Weymouth Pier. The south-side harbour pier – a solid groin – is reserved for commercial use, with ferries to the Channel Islands and France. On the north side is a piled pier built as a promenade pier, which was opened on July 13th 1933 by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII. The imposing Alexandra Garden Theatre, rebuilt after being damaged by fire in 1993, provides an amusement outlet on the pier forecourt and the pier itself is a popular haunt for anglers.