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History

Bournemouth Pier History

1856 – A 100ft wooden jetty was completed.

1861 – The jetty was replaced in by a 1000ft wooden pier.

1876 – A storm rendered the structure unfit for steamers and it was demolished.

1877 – A temporary structure was put in place.

1880 – At a cost of £21,600, the new Bournemouth Pier was opened by the lord mayor of London in August 1880.

1885 – Covered shelters and a bandstand were added.

1894 & 1905 – Extensions were added increasing the piers length to 1,000ft.

1950 – The pier head was reconstructed.

1960 – A substructure was built to hold the new pier theatre.

1979 – Work commenced to re build the pier after corrosion damage was found and cost £1.7 million.

2006 – Operation of the pier was taken over by Openwide International Ltd.

2011 – It was announced that the pier theatre would close.

2013 – In November plans were approved for a zip wire and indoor attractions with work due to commence in January 2014.

2014 – In May the new RockReef indoor adventure attraction opened, with 25 Climbing walls, an aerial obstacle course, Pier caves, Vertical slide, Leap of faith jumping challenge and a café. Then in September 2014 the world’s first pier to shore zip wire opened.

Photo credit: Tim Phillips/National Piers Society
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