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Burnham on Sea

Somerset

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This page shows postcards and images of the lighthouses and pier of Burnham on Sea in Somerset.

Burnham Pier official website:- www.burnham-on-sea.com/pier2.html



 

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Burnham on Sea

Somerset

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Burnham on Sea Pier

The pier was built just before the First World War and was the first concrete structure of its type in Europe. Granite chippings from Penryn Colliery in Cornwall, which were used in the pier’s original construction, are still used today for routine maintenance. Its centenary is in 2014.

Intentions to lengthen the pier did not materialize and, consequently, the pier remained the shortest in Britain, consisting of little more than a pavilion on piles. The pavilion was constructed between 1911 and 1914 and incorporates many design features associated with Brunel (1806-1859) sharing similarities with Bristol Temple Mead and Bath Spa railway stations.

Harry Parkin took over the derelict pavilion in 1968. Many years of effort have since been spent on renovation, trying to maintain its traditional concept. An application for Lottery funding was made in 1996 for further work on the roof and substructure. Facilities in the pavilion include amusements, bingo and a pizza counter. In front is a courtyard where ice-cream and burgers are sold. One of the two side walkways is open. The pier won a ‘Britain in Bloom’ award seven years running.

In March 2011, along with 30 other piers, Burnham participated in the Party on The Pier event to mark the start of British Tourism Week.

A seasonal sweet shop, the Candy Stall, was opened at the front of the pier's forecourt in December 2011. However, a dispute arose with Sedgemoor District Council who issued an enforcement notice requiring the the new shop to be demolished because it had been erected without permission and was felt to be out of keeping with the rest of the area. Then in February 2012, the council halted its proceedings against the pier while it investigated the matter further. In November 2012, Council officers rejected a retrospective planning application from the owner but later in the month the Council's Development Control Committee overruled their officers and gave a temporary 5 year approval to enable discussions to continue on the building's future.  (ref: www.piers.org.uk)

Plans on display at the pier in March 2014 showed a proposed large retractable roof in front of the pier for its 100th anniversary this year. However, the plans have obviously been delayed since they hoped to install it in February 2014.

Official Pier Website:   www.burnham-on-sea.com/pier2.html
 


Burnham on Sea Pier Postcards

Postcards of Burnham Pier
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Burnham on Sea Pier Images


Burnham-on-Sea Pier
Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle, 10th March 2014
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Burnham on Sea Jetty (Old Pier)

Designed by Maynall and Littlewood of Manchester, Colwyn Bay Victoria Pier was one of the later British piers to be built, opening on 1st June 1900. As first constructed, Colwyn Bay Victoria Pier was just 316ft (96m) long and 40ft (12m) wide, comprising a timber promenade deck with seating and railings along its length, and a large 'Moorish' style pavilion. The pavilion was set to the right of the deck, with a walkway allowing access to the pier-head to the left. A modern feature of the pier was the illumination by electric light, and this proved to be quite a spectacle at night.


 
Burnham Jetty Postcards

Postcards of Burnham Jetty
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Burnham Jetty Images

Burnham-on-Sea Jetty
Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle, 10th March 2014
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Burnham on Sea Lighthouses

The story or the lighthouses of Burnham-on-Sea are quite complex. In around 1750 an old fisherman and his wife lived in a cottage close to the church. One stormy night, anxious about her husband not returning home after dark, the wife put a candle in the window of the cottage to help him find his way home. It saved his life and the grateful sailors decided to pay her small sums of money from that time on to keep a candle burning in order to safely guide them on their homeward journeys.

Later, the sexton of the church gave the fisherman's wife five pounds for the rights to place a light on the church tower - it being higher and therefore more effective. He, in turn, was given twenty pounds by the Reverend David Davies, Curate of Burnham, who built the structure now known as the Round Tower.

 

Burnham Round Tower Light

Burnham Round Tower Light
Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle, 10th March 2014
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Burnham High Light Postcards

Burnham High Light postcards
Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle, 10th March 2014
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Burnham High Light Images

Burnham High Light
Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle, 10th March 2014
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Burnham Low Light Postcards

Burnham Low Light postcards
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Burnham Low Light Images

Burnham Low Light images
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Burnham St Andrew's Church Postcards

Burnham St Andrew's postcards
Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle, 10th March 2014
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Burnham St Andrew's Church Images

Burnham St Andrew's images
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