Originally constructed as landing stages for trippers by boat in the nineteenth century, piers later developed into attractions in themselves, with ornate pavilions, delicate ironwork and exotic lighting. Lynn F. Pearson, an architectural historian, outlines the fascinating history of pier and pavilion construction, using colour illustrations and photographs to show the development of these attractions from simple wooden structures to complex entertainment venues. This book explores the allure of seaside developments from the Victorian charm of Weston-super-Mare’s grand pier to the seaside developments of the twenty-first century, such as Ilfracombe’s Landmark Theatre, which continues to impress and entertain to this day.
Table Of Contents
Pleasure Piers and Pavilions Modern Piers The People’s Pleasure Palaces Entertainment Ashore Living and Working at the Seaside Further Reading Places to Visit Index