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Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare
Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare
associated engineer
P. Munroe
date  November 1903 - June 1904
era  Modern  |  category  Pier, seaside  |  reference  ST314614
photo  Paul Dunkerley
Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare was one of the last traditional iron piled seaside piers to be built in England.
Because the ebbing tide goes out a long way at Weston-super-Mare, Grand Pier was originally intended to be 6,600ft long. The first 1,080ft were completed by Mayoh & Haley in June 1904. This work included the huge 2,000 seat pavilion.
A further 1,500ft with a timber landing stage was completed by 1906 but only three steamers were ever able to use it because of the local tides and currents. Plans to extend it further were shelved and steamer services ceased. The extension was dismantled in 1916-18.
Grand Pier is one of the last of the traditional iron piled seaside piers -- the actual last being Victoria Pier at Fleetwood, Lancashire, built in 1910.
It has a long uncluttered deck carried by wrought iron lattice girders on clusters of 10 cast iron columns. The pierhead pavilion has turrets at its corners, and there are numerous kiosks at the landward end. The pavilion was destroyed by a fire in January 1930 and was rebuilt with a funfair instead of the theatre, re-opening in 1933.
The pier was still owned by the Grand Pier Company in the 1970s, when the entrance was re-developed to provide shops and amusements. Glass windshields were installed along the centre of the neck. In 1993, a bowling alley was built and the following year a fun house and Ferris wheel were added.
It was named 'Pier of the Year 2001' by the National Piers Society.
Main contractor: Mayoh & Haley
Research: PD
reference sources   SPSurv

Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare