SZ0378 : View towards Swanage Pier

taken 3 years ago, near to Swanage, Dorset, Great Britain

View towards Swanage Pier
View towards Swanage Pier
Swanage's Victorian pier is over 100 years old and is one of two built, although it is the only one that survives complete today.
The original Swanage Pier was built between 1859 and 1861 for use primarily by the local stone quarrying industry, and included a tramway which ran the length of the pier and some way along the seafront. The old tracks can be seen to this day, inset into the seafront walkways.

When local businessman George Burt introduced regular steamer services between Swanage and nearby towns Poole and Bournemouth in 1874, a need became apparent for a second pier to be built primarily for use by passenger steamers. Construction on the new pier began in 1895, and by 1896 was first used by a steamer. The pier was officially opened for traffic in 1897. While regular steamer services ran on the new pier, up until 1966, the older original pier declined along with the stone industry it served some years earlier. Today all that remains of the old pier are some of the timber piles.
After steamer services discontinued in 1966 the remaining pleasure pier also began to fall into disrepair. After a failed attempt to restore the pier by a development firm in 1986, Swanage Pier Trust took over ownership of the pier in 1993.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 16 February, 2019
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Sport, Leisure  Business, Retail, Services  Docks, Harbours  Estuary, Marine 
Place (from Tags)
Swanage  Isle of Purbeck  Swanage Pier 
County (from Tags)
Dorset 
Pier (from Tags)
Swanage 
Primary Subject of Photo
Pier 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 0347 7866 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:36.4588N 1:57.1394W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 03413 78646
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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