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Birnbeck Pier

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February 2016
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Original cast iron legs and seat brackets; The deck girder horizontals and diagonals are original wrought iron; deck girder verticals and below-deck bracing - mild steel from c.1911 and post WW2
ISCA Foundry lamp post at the pier entrance

in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

The only pier in Britain linking an island with the mainland.

The pier is in an unsafe condition, and there is no public access.

Efforts to save the pier are being made by a number of organisations, including the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust and the Friends of the Old Pier Society.

A good account is given in the Wikipedia entry.

Built 1864-7. Designed by Eugenius Birch.

The contractors for the bridge, with pier, pavilion and works on Birnbeck Island, at £20,000, were Messrs Toogood and Laybourne of the Isca Foundry, Newport, Mon.[1]

The history and current problems, from an engineering viewpoint, were well described in an I.C.E. Report.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Frome Times - Wednesday 12 June 1867
  2. [1] I.C.E. CARE Newsletter Spring/Summer 2011, pp.11-15