The Secret Of Aldwych Strand: – Where it all started
Keeping two blogs going gets confusing at times! Apologies to those of you who get this twice 🙂
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…
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