Withernsea Pier History


Withernsea Pier
Withernsea Pier in 1877.

The pier was first proposed in 1870 to be built near the bandstand. The site of the pier was then moved south to what is now Pier road, as this would enable cargo to be unloaded at the end of the pier and shipped directly to the railway station.

Work began on Withernsea Pier in 1875 with Thomas Cargill as the engineer. By August 1877 the work was completed having cost £12.000 to build. It opened to the public summer 1878 charging 1 penny for admission. At the pier entrance, a large castle gataway was errected, and its ornate iron girders reached 1196 ft across the beach out to sea.


Withernsea Pier 1880
View of the Pier summer 1880 seen from the north promenade.



Withernsea Pier and Safron
The life of Withernsea Pier was to be short. Only 2 years after completion, the pier suffered damage in a great storm on the 28th of October 1880. The coal barge "Saffron" punched a 200ft hole through the middle, and the "Jabez" hit the end of the pier.


Withernsea Pier 1891

Many ships collided with the Pier over the next few years. In 1890 it was hit by the fishing boat "Genesta" destroying more than half the pier. (picture from Wendy Graves)


Withernsea Pier 1893
In 1893 it was struck by the Grimsby bound Henry Parr. The piles of the pier were knocked down span after span until there were only 50ft remaining of the once grand pier.


Withernsea Pier 1905
What was left of the pier was deemed unsafe and the last remains of the pier were removed leaving only two support legs on the beach.
This view from around 1905 shows the pier head tidied up and in splendid isolation before construction of the central promenade. (from Jack Whittaker)


Withernsea Pier Towers and Beach
Similar picture to above showing a packed beach with the Pier towers and the last two support legs of the pier.
(Picture from Jane Biglin Keelty)



Pier Towers Withernsea
All that remains today is the Pier towers and a model of the pier on the promenade.



Below are the architect’s drawings of the Withernsea Pier from 1871. Click on each drawing for a high resolution version

Cross Section of Withernsea Pier


Withernsea Pier Elevation


Withernsea Pier Plan


Withernsea Pier Architects Drawing


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