Central Pier Blackpool, Blackpool

Central Pier Blackpool, Blackpool (must see)

Central Pier is one of three piers in the town of Blackpool. The pier is central in that it is located between the other two, but it was close to the site of the now-defunct Blackpool Central railway station about 500 metres south of Blackpool Tower. Since the coastline is very straight and flat, the pier simply extends at right angles to the sea front, roughly level with the promenade.

Central Pier is constructed mostly of cast iron with wooden decking. The piles on which the structure rests were driven using the screw pile method pioneered by Eugenius Birch. This involved twisting screw-tipped cast iron piles down through the sand until they hit bedrock. The materials and building techniques were similar to those used for North Pier but the structure of Central is a little more delicate in appearance. The pier has suffered relatively little damage save for fires in 1964 and 1973 which gutted the theatre buildings. The main structural alterations have been the removal of the obsolete 120-metre low tide jetty in 1975 and the construction of the ferris wheel in 1990. The addition of the wheel required the mid-section of the pier to be strengthened to cope with the extra weight.
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Central Pier Blackpool on Map

Sight Name: Central Pier Blackpool
Sight Location: Blackpool, England (See walking tours in Blackpool)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Blackpool, England

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Blackpool Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Blackpool's Great Promenade

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles