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Southport Pier

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Original Pier:

  • Length, 3600ft.;
  • Length across head, 100ft. :
  • Breadth of head, 30ft.;
  • Breadth of body. 16ft. ;
  • Distance from end of head to line of low-water springs, 500ft.:
  • Total cost, £9,000;
  • Price per foot super, 3s. 7d;
  • Price per foot forward, £2 10s.
  • This pier had only 7in. columns, was constructed entirely on dry ground, and only one small entrance house 9ft. square, and two flights of steps at pier head.
  • Contractors price for cast iron fixed complete was £8; wrought iron, £14; and the contractor's loss was £2000.


Pier present in 1875: Outer portion of structure.

  • Length, 805ft.;
  • Greatest breadth of head 190ft.;
  • Lesser breadth of head, 40ft.;
  • Total length to head, 135ft.;
  • Length of body, 640ft.;
  • Breadth of body, 29ft.;
  • Length across enlargement, 100ft.;
  • Breadth across enlargement, 30ft.;
  • Greatest depth of water at low spring tides, 13ft.;
  • Total cost, £16,OOO;
  • Price per foot super, 11s. l 1/2d;
  • Price per foot forward, £19 17s. 6 1/2d·
  • The body of this pier is supported upon Dixon's cast iron driven piles;
  • The head is of timber construction piles, 2in. by 12in.
  • The enlargement shown at the commencement of this pier formed the head of the original pier.
  • The Old body being enlarged to 29ft. in breadth.
  • Total cost of pier, not including tramway, £34,642;
  • Price per foot super, 5s. 8 3/4d.;
  • Price per foot forward, £7 18s. 4 3/4d. [1]

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