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Boscombe Pier

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of Boscombe, near Bournemouth, Dorset

1884 A pier was proposed as a visitor attraction.

1888 September. The contract for its building was awarded for £3,813, and for making the pier approach £938. The pier was 200 yards (180 m) long, and built in spans of 13 yards (12 m) each with a continuous wrought iron girder frame, which carried timber decking 11 yards (10 m) wide. The pier head was 40 yards (37 m) long and 13 yards (12 m) wide, with a landing stage on each side, at which excursion steamers could call. At the entrance were two toll houses with turnstiles. The architect for the pier construction was James Stuart Campbell McEwan-Brown (1870–1949). His family were originally from Kintyre, Argyll and were closely connected to the Duke of Argyll. It was opened with considerable ceremony on 29 July 1889 by the Duke of Argyll.

1926 The pier head was added

WWII It was partially demolished during World War II to combat the threat of invasion. The pier remained derelict for a number of years

1962 Fully reopened. The borough architect, John Burton, designed the modernist 1950s style entrance building.

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