Published: 01/11/2020 By Allan Fuller
The answer to October's trivia question is: Southend Pier
Southend Pier is a major landmark in Southend-on-Sea. Extending 1.33 miles (2.14 km) into the Thames Estuary, it is the longest pleasure pier in the world. The bill to build the new pier, to replace a previous timber jetty, received Royal Assent in May 1829 with construction starting in July 1829. The timber pier was replaced by an iron pier that opened to the public in August 1889. The Southend Pier Railway, opened during the early 1890s, was the first pier railway in the country.
The pier played a role during both of the world wars, such as during World War I when ships containing captured German soldiers were moored off the pier head. During the Second World War, the pier was taken over by the Royal Navy and was renamed HMS Leigh, closing to the public in September 1939. The pier has experienced several fires during its existence, notably in 1959, 1976, 1995 and 2005, with the latter causing significant damage to the old pier head and surrounding structures.
Sir John Betjeman once said that "the Pier is Southend, Southend is the Pier". The pier is a Grade II listed building.
Congratulations to Mrs L. Hawkins whose name was picked out of the hat to win October's QUIZ - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the means of receiving the bottle of champagne.