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Garth Pier, Bangor
Bangor, Gwynedd
associated engineer
John James Webster
date  1896
era  Victorian  |  category  Pier, seaside  |  reference  SH582734
ICE reference number  HEW 427
One of several late nineteenth century piers at resorts along the north coast of Wales. It was built purely for promenading and ship embarkation, as no amusement facilties were constructed.
Like several later piers, Garth Pier had timber plank decking on joists carried on steel cross-beams and lattice girders, supported by cast iron columns and screw piles.
It measures 1,500ft in length and is generally 24ft wide with ornate handrails and lamps. The deck has widened sections at 250ft intervals, where there are braced towers with kiosks and shelters. The pierhead was widenend twice and has a stairway leading to a jetty and the foreshore. Onion-domed kiosks stand at the shore entrance.
The use of steel for the beams and girders resulted in considerably more corrosion than occurred with the more commonly used wrought iron. This ultimately led to the closure of the pier in 1971.
Garth Pier was rebuilt over a six year period using hollow steel sections. It re-opened in 1988 with a restored Victorian bandstand, winning it a conservation award.
Contractor: Alfred Thorne, London
Research: PD
reference sources   SurvSPSPd

Garth Pier, Bangor