By Martin Easdown,Linda Sage

regardless of their well known organization with enjoyable and frivolity, the functionality of piers as either an entertainment centre and touchdown degree used to be diversified, and nowhere used to be this greater illustrated than at the coasts of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and east Dorset. the realm s organization with piers dates correct again to 1814 with the outlet of Ryde Pier, usually considered as the earliest within the uk. Southampton opened a touchdown pier for steamers in 1833 and Portsmouth and Gosport go well with within the 1840s. via the 1860s, seashore piers have been turning into trendy promenades over the ocean and a must-have for any self-respecting watering position. many of the earliest touchdown piers, akin to Ryde and Southampton Royal, took on a dual-purpose functionality as a landing/pleasure pier and pavilions and different points of interest have been supplied on them. The Isle of Wight, more and more renowned as a vacation vacation spot, observed quite a few piers sprout from its coast, while in Hampshire excitement piers have been erected at Southsea, Lee-on-the-Solent and 3 within the Bournemouth sector at Southbourne, Boscombe and Bournemouth. Piers have been additionally erected for railway, army, commercial and enjoyment boat reasons, and the interesting, varied and fascinating histories of the entire zone s piers are available during this complete and well-illustrated volume.

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