PIER and CONCORDE G-BOAF
Designed by architect Hans Price of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon Pierin
Somerset, represents one of the finest surviving Victorian Piers in the
country. It wasofficially opened on 29 March 1869, with a parade, bands
and a cannon volley by the First Somerset Artillery. Designed in a Scottish
Baronial style, the romanticism of its design, contrasted strongly with
the functional engineering of the pier. The entrance gates and railings
were made in Clevedon in the foundry of Turner and Sons.
Large quantities of Barlow rail, discarded from Brunel's broad-gauge South
Wales Railway, were used to make superbly slender and strong supports
for this iconic Pier.
Clevedon Pier is located eight miles by road from Weston-super-Mare and
stretches gracefully, 850 ft into the Bristol Channel.
Like all piers, it was created primarily as a landing stage for steamers.The
paddle steamer "Waverley" first visited the pier to take on
passengers in 1886. More recently, a replica of the "Matthew"
makes frequent tourist trips to the Pier as well as the Balmoral. This
magnificent Pier,built during the 1860s, has since beendescribed by Sir
John Betjeman as: "delicate as a Japanese print in the mist"
and has drawn comments from Society Members such as "elegant in its
simplicity" and "a real gem that raises one's spirit".
It has been described as the most beautiful Pier in England" and
was designated a Grade I listed buildingin 2001. At present, it is the
only Grade 1 listed Pier in the whole of the U.K.
In 1999 itwas awarded the Pier of the Year from the National Piers Society.
In 2013 Clevedon Pierwon the National Piers Society's coveted Pier of
The Year award. Today, Clevedon Pier, once again, offers a landing stage
for Steamers and is a popular attraction for tourists and anglers.
The Pier is open every day of the year except for Christmas Day.
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