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A fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers

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The concept of piers dates back to ancient civilisations, where simple wooden structures were built as landing platforms for boats and ships. These early piers were used for trade, fishing, and transportation. The real development of seaside piers as we know them today began during the Victorian era in the 19th century. The rise of seaside resorts and the popularity of sea bathing as a leisure activity spurred the construction of elaborate piers along the coasts of Britain and other European countries. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, technological advancements in construction materials, especially iron and steel, allowed for the creation of longer and more elaborate piers. These materials offered increased stability and durability, making piers larger and capable of hosting various entertainment facilities. Seaside piers became synonymous with entertainment and leisure. Amusement arcades, theaters, pavilions, and other attractions were constructed on piers to entertain tourists and visitors. Piers also became popular spots for strolling, socialising, and enjoying the sea views.  Sadly, the mid-20th century saw a decline in the popularity of seaside resorts and piers due to various factors, including the rise of affordable air travel. Many piers fell into disrepair or were demolished. However, in recent decades, there has been a resurgence of interest in preserving and restoring historic piers for their architectural value and cultural significance.

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A fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Worthing Pier

Worthing Pier Collection
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Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Southwold Pier and Beach

Southwold Pier and Beach
The surf is lapping at the beach and the pier and rocks are set back against a blue sky

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Clevedon Pier Sunset

Clevedon Pier Sunset
A 3 second shot showing Clevedon Pier on the SW coast of the UK at Sunset. The official opening of Clevedon pier was held on Easter Monday, 29th March 1869

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier
Southwold pier, Suffolk, UK. August 04, 2018. Image shows Southwold pier at dawn with the tide in motion. Dramatic clouds scatter the sky

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Penarth Pier Rainbow

Penarth Pier Rainbow
A rainbow and sunset over Penarth Pier near Cardiff, Wales. Penarth Pier is a Victorian era pier, built in 1898

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Penarth pier, Glamorgan, Wales -

Penarth pier, Glamorgan, Wales -
Penarth pier opened in 1898 in Victorian era when pleasure steamers operated from the pier. It is owned by the vale of Glamorgan Council

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Sunrise over Bognor Regis Pier

Sunrise over Bognor Regis Pier
Dave Porter Peterborough Uk, 904634838

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Skegness Pier

Skegness Pier
The Pier at Skegness, Lincolnshire, circa 1900. (Photo by James Valentine/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier
Holidaymakers on the beach at Clacton, Essex, circa 1925. (Photo by A. H. Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Remnants of Hastings Pier

Remnants of Hastings Pier
Hastings Pier was built in 1872 and was popular entertainment center in town

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Brighton West Pier

Brighton West Pier
The West Pier in Brighton, circa 1870. (Photo by Otto Herschan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Penarth Pier, a fine example of Victorian engineering

Penarth Pier, a fine example of Victorian engineering
Penarth Pier is a fine example of Victorian engineering. It stretches out into the Bristol Channel from the Welsh coast near Cardiff. This is a desaturated image with blue graduated filters applied

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Sunrise over Bognor Regis Pier

Sunrise over Bognor Regis Pier
The original Bognor Regis pier took 18 months to build and was opened on the 4th May 1865. It was build by the Bognor Promenade Company at a cost of £ 5000

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Southend on Sea Pier at Sunset

Southend on Sea Pier at Sunset
The warm glow of a sunset over Southend on Sea Pier

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Ramsgate Sands

Ramsgate Sands
The Sands at Ramsgate, a seaside resort in East Kent, 1878. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Banjo Pier II

Banjo Pier II
Banjo Pier, Swanage, Dorset, UK. April 19, 2014. Scene shows a seaside, coastal pier at sunrise. The sun has just risen and is casting a subtle warm glow over the scene

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Promenade and pier in Penarth town outside Cardiff in South Wales

Promenade and pier in Penarth town outside Cardiff in South Wales
Penarth, Wales

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Penarth Pier Glamorgan Wales

Penarth Pier Glamorgan Wales
Penarth pier opened in 1898 in Victorian era when pleasure steamers operated from the pier. It is owned by the vale of Glamorgan Council

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: View From A Pier

View From A Pier
Circa 1950: A man standing on a pier looking out over the sea off the coast of Peter Port in Guernsey toward warships entering the area. (Photo by Dennis Barnard/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Bognor Regis Beach, 1963

Bognor Regis Beach, 1963
4th March 1963: The beach at Bognor Regis, Sussex, with the pier in the background. (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Carnival Royalty

Carnival Royalty
July 1927: On the pier the carnival King and Queen of Clacton on Sea are being crowned, watched by a large crowd. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Murmuration over the ruins of Brightons West Pier

Murmuration over the ruins of Brightons West Pier on the south coast of England. A flock of starlings swoops in a unified mass over the pier at sunset

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Brighton pier

Brighton pier
Pier in the center of sea

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Swanage old pier

Swanage old pier
Old pier at Swanage, Dorset on UK's Jurassic Coast

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Cathedral sky over The West Pier

Cathedral sky over The West Pier
A beam of sunlight illuminates the decaying ruins of Brightons West Pier

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: The Pier at St Anne's

The Pier at St Anne's
The Victorian pier at Lytham St Anne's in Lancashire, UK

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Bangor Victorian Pier

Bangor Victorian Pier
The Victorian Pier, Bangor North Wales

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Drone shot above a small lighthouse on a pier, Looe, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Drone shot above a small lighthouse on a pier, Looe, Cornwall, United Kingdom
seaside Pier

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Blackpool Tower with massive waves

Blackpool Tower with massive waves
Storm Ciara hits Blackpool with Massive waves and flooding at high tide on Blackpools front

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Royal Suspension Chain Pier, Brighton, Victorian, 19th Century

Royal Suspension Chain Pier, Brighton, Victorian, 19th Century
Vintage illustration of Royal Suspension Chain Pier, Brighton, Victorian, 19th Century. The Royal Suspension Chain Pier was the first major pier built in Brighton, England

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: North Bay and pier, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 19th Century

North Bay and pier, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 19th Century
Vintage illustration the North Bay and pier, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 19th Century

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: West Pier and Kings Road, Brighton, England, woodcut, published 1897

West Pier and Kings Road, Brighton, England, woodcut, published 1897
Historical panoramic view of the Kings Road in Brighton, England, United Kingdom. In the foreground the former West Pier. Built by Eugenius Birch in 1866

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Llandudno Pier study

Llandudno Pier study
Llandudno Victorian Pier study, at sunrise

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Vintage illustration of The West Pier, Brighton, East Sussex, a seaside resort

Vintage illustration of The West Pier, Brighton, East Sussex, a seaside resort. Victorian, 19th Century

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Vintage illustration North Cliff, Castle ruins, Beach, Pier, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Vintage illustration North Cliff, Castle ruins, Beach, Pier, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Victorian 19th Century

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: An aerial view of Brighton Pier - stock photo

An aerial view of Brighton Pier - stock photo
East Sussex City of Brighton, UK coastline

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Antique photograph of Penarth

Antique photograph of Penarth
Antique photograph of seaside towns of Great Britain and Ireland: Penarth. Penarth had been a popular seaside destination, even before the town was started, accessible by water from Cardiff

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Penarth Pier at Early Morning

Penarth Pier at Early Morning
Building of the pier, which was privately owned by the Penarth Promenade & Landing Pier Company, commenced in April 1894. The contractors were James & Arthur Mayoh with a local man

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Penarth pier

Penarth pier
Early start at Penarth Pier in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Penarth Pier Dusk View

Penarth Pier Dusk View
Penarth Pier is one of the last remaining Victorian piers in Wales. Building of the pier, which was privately owned by the Penarth Promenade & Landing Pier Company, commenced in April 1894

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Penarth Pier Sunrise

Penarth Pier Sunrise
A glorious morning at Penarth Pier in the Vale of Glamorgan, a fully restored Victorian pier in all its glory with the intense red sunrise glowing in the distance over the Bristol channel

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Penarth Pier, Wales

Penarth Pier, Wales
Penarth pier opened in 1898 in Victorian era when pleasure steamers operated from the pier. It is owned by the vale of Glamorgan Council

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Monochrome Clevedon Pier

Monochrome Clevedon Pier
Black and White photo of Clevedon Pier, England's only Grade 1 listed pier. Clevedon Pier is a seaside pier in the town of Clevedon, Somerse

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: The Casino and the Pier of Heringsdorf, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Historic

The Casino and the Pier of Heringsdorf, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Historic
4 people, baltic coast, baltic sea coast, baltic sea resort, baltic sea spa heringsdorf, baltic seaside resort, baltic seaside resorts, beach resort, black, black-and-white, black-white, boat jetty

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Pier in Heringsdorf, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Historic

Pier in Heringsdorf, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Historic, Photochrome print from the 1890s
2 people, baltic coast, baltic sea coast, baltic sea resort, baltic sea spa heringsdorf, baltic seaside resort, baltic seaside resorts, beach resort, black, black-and-white, black-white, boat jetty

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Remains of Brighton's West Pier destroyed by fire

Remains of Brighton's West Pier destroyed by fire
Image of the remains of Brighton's West Pier which was ruined by fire in 2003. Only the skeletal frame of the structure at the end of the pier, and some support legs now remain

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Southwold Pier Steel Dawn

Southwold Pier Steel Dawn
Southwold Pier, Southwold, Suffolk, UK. June 16, 2018. Image shows a pier early in the morning, the tide in motion. The long exposure adds a white misty layer across the ocean

Background imageA fascinating collection of images featuring great British piers: Sunset, North Pier, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK

Sunset, North Pier, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK
Sunset on a nearly deserted North Pier in Blackpool, Oct 2011. A couple are taking an early evening stroll with a baby in a buggy on the beach below the pier



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