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Yarmouth Pier

REF NR: 261

In 1870 the Yarmouth Corporation considered building a pier - but one intended for the cross-Solent passenger service, not a promenade pier as elsewhere on the Island. The Yar Pier Order was passed by Parliament in 1874, and work began on building a purely wooden pier in June 1875. On July 19th 1876 it opened, at a length of 685 feet. Shortly after opening, 150 feet of the pier was smashed when the Prince Leopold crashed into it on a clear, fine day. The Corporation wrote to the vessel's owners, apologising, now wanting to discourage vital trade from calling.