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Weymouth Pier

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of Weymouth, Dorset

There is little documented history to the origins of Weymouth Pier, but a structure may have existed as early as 1812.

1840 Considerable change was made to the port area when a pile-pier, filled with a mixture of Portland stone and shingle concrete, was built on the northern edge of the harbour

1860 Weymouth Pier was largely rebuilt in timber and at the same time, extended to a length of 273 metres (900 ft)

1877 A cargo stage was added;

1889 A landing stage and baggage handling hall were built;

1908 The Weymouth Pavilion opened;

1930s: The pier was rebuilt;

13 July 1933: The new Weymouth Pier officially opened; the ceremony was carried out by the Prince of Wales, soon to become King Edward VIII;

1954: The Ritz Theatre Renamed after the war) was destroyed in a fire;

1961: A New Pavilion opened;

1971-72 The pier was widened to create a new terminal and a large car park to serve the ferry port and Weymouth Pavilion

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