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.
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