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Birnbeck Pier, Weston Super Mare

Birnbeck Pier is perhaps better know as the ‘other pier in Weston’ – tucked away to the north of the town it sits forlorn and in a state of total dereliction.

Designed &  Build in 1867 by Eugenius Birch it pre dates the ‘Grand Pier’ by nearly 50 years.  It is grade II listed but has been closed to the public since 1994.   It was taken over by the Admiralty but after the end of WW2 reverted to being used as a steam boat terminal before passing through many different owners, the last being urban splash, who’s plans never materialised.

Urban Splash sold the pier in late 2011 to Wahid Samady and Michael Ross – who also owned the royal hotel nearby until a fire resulted in complete collapse of the remaining structure.

As yet plans are unclear to its future use of both sites and weather they will be a part of a major redevelopment of the nearby area.  One would imagine that the hotel site will be a key enabling development to allow the restoration/redevelopment of the pier.

The pier is  continued to be used by the RNLI who have  lifeboat station and jetty to the left of the main pier span.

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6 comments

  1. That’s extremely odd, the people in the shop are usually the ones who go apeshit if you even breath near the thing. It’s pretty dicey on the main island pier platform too – even the lifeboat people don’t walk on most of it.

  2. I walked along the board walk today as everything was left open, the pier view shop was open but they left me to walk along while taking some pictures, it felt great to walk along it but a shame to see it getting worse. There was a strange feeling as I entered the pier grounds but that made the trip more interesting. It was strange though that everything was open including the house for people to go into and that no one come to tell me to get off the pier. Hopefully I can take another trip down the board walk again.

  3. Something to bear in mind! Thanks for the info.

  4. Access might seem obvious but watch the tide because if you walk out when it comes in you might get stranded for 10+ hours. Where you walk can be 20ft underwater later on in the same day!

  5. I was going to say the same thing. If its that straightforward then I’m on my way..
    Nice work.

  6. What great but sad images you have taken, I do hope something is done very soon, how did you get onto the pier? Did you just walk over as I have been tempted and would love to do. If that what you did then I will to just to see for myself.

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