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Clacton-on-Sea Pier
Clacton-on Sea, Essex
associated engineer
Peter Schuyler Bruff
date  1870 - 1871
era  Victorian  |  category  Pier, seaside  |  reference  TM176143
ICE reference number  HEW 1658
At a width of 100ft, this is Britain's second widest pleasure pier. The original was built of wood on concrete piles, and was constructed as part of the development of the fishing village of Clacton-on-Sea into a popular seaside resort.
The first design, by Peter S. Bruff of the Eastern Union Railway, was of a clear deck, intended as a landing stage for passenger steamers.
The deck was extended in 1890-3 to designs by Kinipple & Jaffrey to 1180ft in order to accommodate passenger traffic. A pavilion and refreshment rooms designed by Murdock & Cameron, supported by timber piles, were built at the pierhead by contractor William Hocking.
The timber piles were eventually replaced by concrete and the shore end widened, bringing the total deck area up to five acres.
Most of the decking is still made of wood except for the newer shore end, which supports an amusement arcade, fairground and pool.
This pier is considered to be "the concept of a pleasure pier taken to the ultimate degree".
Research: PD
reference sources   CEH E&CSurvSP

Clacton-on-Sea Pier