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The pier at St. Annes


The evening sun catches the side of the pier at St. Annes.

The pier was one of the many constructed during the victorian era. It was opened in 1885 and was 914 feet long, costing £18,000 to build. Around the turn of the century a Moorish pavillion was added at the end of the pier and a Floral Hall at the pier head, where concerts, operas and vaudeville acts with performers such as Gracie Fields, George Formby and Bob Monkhouse graced the stage.

Tragedy struck twice however in the latter half of the twentieth century when fire destroyed the Moorish Pavillion and the jetty at the end of the pier. Some years later the Floral Hall was burnt down, the end of the pier was demolished and the length shortened to 600 feet. The pier is now a shadow of it's former self.

The pier at St. Annes


The evening sun catches the side of the pier at St. Annes.

The pier was one of the many constructed during the victorian era. It was opened in 1885 and was 914 feet long, costing £18,000 to build. Around the turn of the century a Moorish pavillion was added at the end of the pier and a Floral Hall at the pier head, where concerts, operas and vaudeville acts with performers such as Gracie Fields, George Formby and Bob Monkhouse graced the stage.

Tragedy struck twice however in the latter half of the twentieth century when fire destroyed the Moorish Pavillion and the jetty at the end of the pier. Some years later the Floral Hall was burnt down, the end of the pier was demolished and the length shortened to 600 feet. The pier is now a shadow of it's former self.

comments (5)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Apr 2008, 11:11
Great picture and nice contrasting with the colours and clouds.

It must have been something in its heyday with all those performances going on.
Les Auld: I would have liked to see it but we never traveled that far when I was young, thanks for the comment.
Nice shot Les with a great sky, and the green paintwork is excellent.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, I was after the big sky look.
I think you have another great image here by cropping out above that line of horizontal clouds. richard
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, I was after the big sky look for this one but I agree it would also suit a letterbox crop and focus on the foreground.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 15 Apr 2008, 19:30
Great shot Les. Wonderful sky, great light on the pier and wonderful crispness in the foreground grasses.
Les Auld: Thanks Ian, it did just come together.
Love the picture Les. Shame that many piers have suffered over the years. There is something very English about them
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, not just English but Victorian English in their heyday as well.

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