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S36 6UF, England, United Kingdom
August 24, 2013
From journal In and around Llandudno
SK15, England, United Kingdom
August 4, 2013
October 17, 2006
Back in 1877 the pier, commissioned by the Llandudno Pier Company and designed by Charles Henry Driver in conjunction with an engineer called James Brunlees, took only one year to complete. It’s an unusual shape, insofar as the 1,234-foot pier goes off at a 45º angle after about a third of its distance. I’m not sure if that makes it unique, but I’ve certainly not seen another pier like it. The grand "Grand Hotel" was fully incorporated into the pier’s complex and it’s not too difficult to imagine both of them in their former glory with Victorian gentry enjoying an afternoon promenade down their new classy pier. Latterly, of course, the pier became a centre for entertainment for the hoards of visitors that frequented the seaside resort, both for the week’s "work holiday" and on day trips from the busy port town of Liverpool. The original pier kiosks are still in place (four pairs down the length of the pier and a further three larger ones on the 60-foot T-shaped pier head) and although they are in need of restorative work they are still elegant reminders of that by-gone era. Impressive latticework wrought iron railings are enclosed with a wooden surround and balustrade and although some of the ironwork has been re-cast great care has been made to ensure that the original "feel" and delicate appearance has been retained.
Wandering the length of the pier it was not too hard to admire the architecture of the kiosks and ignore the tatty seaside memorabilia on sale in the shops. The views across to the mainland are simply superb from the vantage point of the sea. Fishermen are almost hugging together in a separate reserved spot for them and I’m intrigued to view the intense concentration on their faces. I’m not a fisherman so I would have expected a bite or two, but they seemed absolutely content despite the inactive at the hook end of their rods!
From journal A Return to Llandudno