National Geographic 4 months ago

Southport Pier, Merseyside, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #Pierdom Southport Pier is a Grade II listed building in Southport. First opened in 1860, it spans a length of 1,108 metres and is the second longest in Great Britain after Southend Pier. It has had several setbacks in its history, suffering from colissions, gales, and fire. The British pleasure pier follows the story of Britain’s relationship to the seaside, from the early links with the Romantics, to the engineering feats and technical advancement of the Industrial Revolution. They bear witness to the growth of the coast as a pleasure destination for a monied elite, as well as the working class’ enthusiasm for the seaside brought on by the development of the railways and the bank holiday ruling. Britain’s piers trace our changing economic fortunes too, from post-war boom to economic downturn, and now a slow re-awakening of our appreciation of these cultural and historic landmarks. See more at #southportpier #simonroberts

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