My choice today for ABC Wednesday Letter I is Ironwork photographed on Bangor Pier during a visit last Autumn.
|Detail of Pier Side Railings.|
|Entrance to Bangor Pier|
|Detail from the gate.|
I have included here a brief history of Bangor Pier courtesy of Website - The Pier where you can read the full article.
'Bangor pier was designed by Westminster based JJ Webster and was built for a total of £14,475. The pier was completed in 1896, and was opened to the public on May 14th.Once construction had finished pier was 1550 feet (470m) long. The amazing length of the pier made it the ninth longest in England and Wales.
The pier was built mainly of steel and iron columns; the decking was wooden and had covered kiosks at regular intervals along its length. At the end of the pier a boat landing stage was constructed, this was initially linked to a narrow gauge railway link for baggage carrying. After careful thought and planning the railway link was removed not long after it was built.
In 1971 it was decided that the pier was no longer safe for the public to use and it was closed. The arfon borough council took ownership and in 1974 decided demolition was the only answer. The local council put in an objection and gained a preservation order. The preservation order made the pier a grade 2 listed building. The listed status helped the seaside pier considerably as it was considered one of the finest 3 piers in Britain at the time.
Later on in 1975 the local council bought the pier for a mere one pence, the next task was raising funds for the repairs. The fund rising took a total of seven years to complete. Later on down the line, after the funding was in place the rebuild of the pier took a further six years to finish off.
The project was helped considerably by the national heritage memorial fund. On the 7th May 1988 the seaside pier was reopened to the public'.
However by 2011 more expensive renovations were needed, the timeline of which can be read on The National Piers Society Website. Thankfully the Pier remains open.
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More can be learnt about this Victorian Pier by visiting the following links.
Trip Advisor - Bangor Pier Bangor Pier National Piers Society