Once upon a pier – Weekly Photo Challenge

The original Swanage Pier, built between 1859 and 1861 was used by the local stone quarrying industry, and included a tramway which ran the length of the pier and along the seafront.  This is all that remains of that particular pier today.

A second pier was built in 1896, primarily for passenger steamers.  That fell into disrepair when the passenger steamer service was discontinued in 1966.  Swanage Pier Trust took ownership in 1993, and thanks to the help of many dedicated volunteers and officials, over £1M was raised to produce today’s pier.

Ongoing maintenance of the pier is partly financed by the ‘Sponsor a Plank’ scheme, where for £120, you can have a plaque of your choice attached to the pier structure. Some commemorate loved ones, others simply record a magnificent holiday at our beautiful seaside resort.

I wonder if she did?


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About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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9 Responses to Once upon a pier – Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. This is marvelous. The sort of detail I love to notice when traveling.


  2. A great thing to find, although I’d have to pass on the personalized plate and use my money elsewhere. 😉



  3. Sue says:

    Love the remains of the pier


  4. Sandra says:

    I’m still angling to find the right time of the day to take that photo. And the right weather. Thanks for visiting, Sue.


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  6. I love those plaques!


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