Thursday 17 November 2011: Deal Pier and the Final Pier on the Mainland.....
Mrs BM and I went first to Gravesend and the Town Pier which was under construction with a Steel Pontoon at the end of the Pier.
We also came across Gravesend Royal Terrace Pier which is not listed under the Pier Organisation, I will drop them a line with pictures and see if it can be added.
We left and went down the A2 to Deal and we found the Sea Front quite easily, and there was the Pier and the sun was shining.
The first pier at Deal was built in 1838 just 250 feet was completed due to financial problems. Steamers did call, but the pier decayed due to storm damage and sandworm attack. It was washed away in 1857 and its remains were sold for £50.
Work on a new 1100 foot pier began in Spring 1863 but Ship collisions in 1873 and 1884 caused damage that was subsequently repaired. Deal Council bought the pier for £10,000 in 1920.Winston Churchill gave the army permission to demolish the pier to allow coastal guns a clear line of sight, leaving only the tollhouses remaining. These were removed in 1954, the year work on the present pier commenced. The new Pier was Built from reinforced concrete, the 1026 feet structure was opened on November 19th 1957 by the Duke of Edinburgh. It had been designed by Sir W.Halcrow and Partners and had cost £250,000.
There is now only one Pier left to do and it is on the Isle of Man, I will get a picture of it but it will be in the new year sometime. I have priced up the ferry and it varies between £200 and £350 depending when you go, so I will have to save up for this trip as it will take more than a day trip, I have no more holidays left this year.
So that is the end of 58 Piers done within a year and many hundreds of miles of driving.
I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have producing them, Now on to my next Project, Mmmmmmm, what will that be????