These are the shots Lucy was after the day she persuaded her BF Mark to help her with a school history project. Like me, Lucy knew that simply re-hashing the history of the pier would not nail her the A*. After all, everyone knows:
- It started life as a 300 foot (ft) wooden pier which opened in 1830
- It got into financial difficulties and was sold in 1846 for £17000
- By 1848 it was the longest pier in Europe (7,000 ft)
- The iron replacement pier was designed by Scots engineer Sir James Brunless.
- Although not completed until 1889, the new pier actually opened to the public in the summer of 1887
- The first extension opened in 1898 as a response to the increased number of steam boats visiting the pier.
- The upper deck opened in 1908 (one year after the opening of the doomed Aldwych Strand Station)
- Further extensions opened in 1927
- The Prince George Extension opened in1929, making Southend the Longest Pleasure Pier in the world at 1.34 miles.
- The electric railway was extended to its present run in 1931
- on the 27th June 1931 – Ernest Turner ( on a works outing from the Ansell’s Brewery Birmingham) fell off the tram and died instantly.
- It celebrated its centenary in 1935
- It’s been beset by fires 1913/14 (allegedly), 1976, 1995 & 2005
- During WW2 it was closed and became part of HMS Westcliff
Of course, Lucy and Mark can’t possibly explain why there’s a link between Southend Pier and Aldwych Strand Station; nor can they explain time travel. But hey: they’re doing a History Project – Not a science experiment