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Piers of Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

Publication Date15th September 2011

Book FormatPaperback

pages256

Illustrations290

Height248

Width172

This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which the piers of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have changed and developed over the last century.
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ISBN
9781445603551

Despite their popular association with fun and frivolity, the function of piers as both an amusement centre and landing stage was varied, and nowhere was this better illustrated than on the coasts of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and east Dorset. The area's association with piers dates right back to 1814 with the opening of Ryde Pier, often regarded as the earliest in the United Kingdom. Southampton opened a landing pier for steamers in 1833 and Portsmouth and Gosport followed suit in the 1840s. By the 1860s, seaside piers were becoming fashionable promenades over the sea and a 'must have' for any selfrespecting watering place. Some of the earliest landing piers, such as Ryde and Southampton Royal, took on a dual-purpose function as a landing/pleasure pier and pavilions and other attractions were provided on them. The Isle of Wight, increasingly popular as a holiday destination, saw numerous piers sprout from its coast, whilst in Hampshire pleasure piers were erected at Southsea, Lee-on-the-Solent and three in the Bournemouth area at Southbourne, Boscombe and Bournemouth. Piers were also erected for railway, military, industrial and pleasure boat purposes, and the fascinating, diverse and interesting histories of all the region's piers can be found in this comprehensive and well-illustrated volume.

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