Worthing Pier, West Sussex

Spans:English Channel
Design:Sir Robert Rawlinson
Construction:Concrete, iron and timber
Year opened:1862
Original length:293m
Present length:300m
Storm damage:1913
Restoration:1888/9, 1913/14, 1925/6, 1935, 1946-9, 1963-69, 1980-2, 1983/4, 1985, 1995-2008

Worthing Pier has a mixture of structures: concrete beams under the shore-end pavilion, triple iron trestles supporting the neck, and square timbers for the lower fishing platform. From its opening on 12 April 1862 it was popular with promenaders, and orchestras often played for the public, weather permitting. On Easter Monday 1913, the McWhirter Quintet was performing an evening concert as winds rose to 80mph. The concert was rapidly concluded and audience and players all battled back to shore. Shortly after midnight, most of the pier deck collapsed into the sea.

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BN11 3PX

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