TQ8883 : End of Southend-on-Sea Pier

taken 11 years ago, 3 km from Southend-on-Sea, Great Britain

End of Southend-on-Sea Pier
End of Southend-on-Sea Pier
Afon Goch docked at the end of the pier.
Southend-on-Sea Pier

At over 2 kilometres (1.3 miles) long this is the longest pier in the UK. It was built in 1890 and had two sets of railway lines, there is now only one set with two trains running. In 2005 there was a fire at the end of the pier destroying the station, pub and snack bar. There is now a modern station terminal. The pier has been subject to a number of fires over the years, including in 1959, 1976 and 1995.

At the far end of the pier is a wide area that boats can moor at, and a two storey section with lifeboat museum and a promenade above. The pier is in the Thames Estuary and the sea is too shallow at times too allow larger boats close to the shore, and a long pier was necessary to reach deeper waters.

In 2010 it cost 3 to walk on the pier, and 3.50 for a return train ride.

The pier replaced an earlier wooden pier built between 1830 and 1846.

Further developments are proposed at the end of the pier. See LinkExternal link

Read more at Wikipedia LinkExternal link

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TQ8883, 148 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Thursday, 9 September, 2010   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 9 September, 2010
Geographical Context
Coastal  Sport, Leisure 
Primary Subject of Photo
Pier 
Category
Pleasure Pier   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 889 830 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.8857N 0:43.3229E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 890 830
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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