If you’ve been entertaining your family over the half term break, it’s always possible that you’ve been to one of Britain’s seaside resorts and taken a stroll along a pier recently. These structures, often known as pleasure piers, started appearing in the 1800s, once the railway network brought mass tourism to the seaside resorts. Due to tidal ranges at certain resorts, the sea wasn’t always visible and the pier enabled tourists to walk out over the sea even if the tide was out (although no pier seemed long enough to account for the tidal range at Weston-super-Mare when I was a child).
According to Wikipedia, the world’s longest pleasure pier is here in Britain, at Southend-on-sea, and extending some 1.3 miles into the Thames Estuary. It can’t compete with the world’s longest pier in Mexico though. The town of Progreso sits on a limestone shelf that drops away gradually as it gets further out to sea. As a result, when they built a pier to allow cruise ships to dock here, it had to be long – over 4 miles long in fact.
Piers in Britain form a part of the 450 million features in our detailed master map of Great Britain. So, we dug into our database and came up with eight examples of piers for you to identify. Post your answers on our blog and claim the glory as an expert pier identifier. Continue reading “Enter our piers quiz”