The Original Saltburn Pier
Before we discuss the modern-day pier, it is important to understand the history of the pier and how the original was opened in May 1869.
The first Saltburn Pier had a length of 1500ft and was designed by John Anderson – however, the pier head and end of the pier was sadly destroyed in a storm in October 1875.
Modern-Day Saltburn Pier
The “modern-day” grade II listed pier was re-opened to the public in 1877 and is now 681ft in length, however, over the years it has been subject to alterations and improvements.
In May 1924 when the boat the Ovenbeg collided with the pier, a small theatre building was then created to help close the gap that was caused by the damage – this was later fully repaired in 1930.
In 1947, Saltburn Pier was rebuilt at a cost of £20,000 and was re-opened in 1952 – however it was then damaged again in 1953 by strong gales. This meant that Saltburn Pier was closed for a number of years, until it re-opened in 1958.
1959, and 1961 saw two further instances of storm damage, and in 1973 it was concluded that the Pier wasn’t in fact safe in anything but calm weather.
Over the course of a number of years, 1971 to 1974 to be exact, a number of piles were lost, meaning that the pier was permanently closed in December 1973. On October 29 1974 another strong storm damaged the rest of the pier whilst washing the pier head away.
Discussions with the local council were had in 1976 to replace the pier or significantly restore it. Restoration costs were estimated to be in the region of £52,500 and it eventually re-opened 2 years later.
As can be seen, there has been a number of significant upgrades and improvements to the pier including £1.2 million of National Lottery funding – which helped the pier to re-open again in 2001.
Saltburn Pier Today
Today the pier stands proud on the beachfront, with many visiting this historical attraction every day. Whether you want a casual stroll, a photo opportunity or a spot to eat your fish and chips, Saltburn pier is always worth a visit.
Where To Find Saltburn Pier
Saltburn Pier Photographs
Quite possibly the most picturesque part of Saltburn is the pier, especially when a sunrise or sunset is involved.