With a history intertwined with the growth and transformation of the seaside resort, the Bournemouth Pier holds a captivating narrative. Its origins can be traced back to the mid-19th century, reflecting the dynamic shifts and evolving preferences of British seaside vacations.

It all began in 1856 with a simple 100-foot wooden jetty, offering a modest platform for venturing into the sea.

After just five years, hopes and dreams escalated, leading to the construction of a magnificent wooden pier.

Bournemouth Echo: Postcard of visitors on the pier at Bournemouth during Victorian era submitted by John Gillard.

Designed by renowned engineer George Rennie, it stretched 1,000 feet into the waves and featured a T-shaped head.

Despite the best efforts of mankind, nature's power proved to be insurmountable. The wooden structure succumbed to storm damage and shipworm infestation, forcing its demolition in 1876.

A remarkable transformation took place along the shores of Bournemouth in 1880, forever changing the seaside landscape.  Emerging from the depths of the sea, a magnificent structure stood tall, embodying the vision of Eugenius Birch.

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At a cost of £21,600 the pier marked a new era for Bournemouth's seaside experience.

Throughout the following decades, the pier underwent a series of remarkable improvements. It began with the addition of shelters and a bandstand in 1885, which was soon followed by expansions in 1894 and 1905.

The 20th century brought further developments, including a pier theatre in 1960 and extensive restoration work in the 1980s to combat corrosion and ensure the pier's longevity.

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth Pier..

During the tumultuous era of the Second World War, the pier's unwavering strength became evident.

In a proactive effort to safeguard against potential German invasion, certain sections were deliberately dismantled in 1940.

However, the pier's indomitable spirit prevailed as it was meticulously reconstructed and joyfully reopened to the public in 1946.

Standing proudly as a symbol of Bournemouth's vibrant past and unwavering adoration for the coast, Bournemouth Pier stands tall, beckoning visitors to immerse themselves in its lively atmosphere and breathtaking ocean views.