Blackpool North Pier :: Shared Description

The oldest and longest of Blackpool's piers, North Pier was designed by Eugenius Birch and opened on May 21st 1863. A landing/fishing jetty was added in 1866 and extended in 1869, bringing the pier's length to 1410 feet.

The pier was damaged in 1867 by wreckage from Nelson's former flagship, the "Foudroyant", which had been moored off the pier for an exhibition. In the 1870s, the pier-head was enlarged and the Indian Pavilion and bandstand were built. There were further ship collisions with the pier in 1892 and 1897

The deck was widened in 1896, and shops and an arcade were added to the shoreward end in 1903. The Indian Pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1921, but a new pavilion was built, unfortunately also being destroyed by fire in 1938. However, a new 1500 seat theatre was completed in 1939. Also in the 1930s, the bandstand became the Carousel bar and Venetian sun lounge.

In the 1960s, amusements and the Merrie England bar were opened. In the 1980s, £350,000 was spent rebuilding the entrance in Victorian style, and in 1991, a 35 foot carousel and a pier tramway were installed. The pier suffered further, severe storm damage in December 1997, severing the jetty from the main structure and leaving the pier theatre perilously close to the edge.

In April 2011, the pier was sold by Six Piers Ltd to Blackpool family firm, Sedgwick's. Mr Sedgwick vowed to restore the pier to its former Victorian look, bring back its tram and remove the entrance tolls. The theatre was renovated and relaunched in November 2011.

A storm in December 2013 severely damaged the sun lounge, but it was repaired the following year.

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SD3036 : Merry-go-round - North Pier, Blackpool  by Stephen McKay
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SD3036 : Blackpool Air Show, Beach and North Pier by David Dixon
SD3036 : Looking north from the North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Merry-go-round - North Pier, Blackpool by Stephen McKay
SD3036 : North Pier Theatre by Gerald England
SD3036 : North Pier - out of season by Keith Edkins
SD3036 : North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Anglers at the end of the pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Restoring The Sunset Lounge by Gerald England
SD3036 : Blackpool North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Ice cream parlour on North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Blackpool Airshow 2012 by David Dixon
SD3036 : Evening view near North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : End of the Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Evening sun by North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Shoreside end of Blackpool North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : A Flock of Birds by Gerald England
SD3036 : Helter-skelter on North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Kiosk finial by Gerald England
SD3036 : Sun lounge at Blackpool North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Cenotaph from North Pier by Gerald England
SD3036 : Sun Lounge by Gerald England
SD3036 : Sunset over Blackpool North Pier by Malc McDonald

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Created: Thu, 28 Nov 2013, Updated: Sun, 23 Jul 2017

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