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Thread: Birnbeck Pier

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    Join Date
    September 2005


    Site type: Seaside pier

    Date built: Foundation stone laid 28th october 1864, opened 6th june

    Hazards: Unknown. Timbers and buildings in a poor state.

    Status: Pier suffered extensive damage by a storm in 1990. Future

    Recommended: Not sure. It looks tempting, but could be tricky.
    Life boat station is still operational. Possible security/cctv?


    I've not done a recce yet. Access looks difficult, possible security
    and cctv due to active life boat station. During ww2 the pier was
    taken over by the Admiralty and named HMS Birnbeck (1941). It
    was used for secret weapon development, on one occasion it was
    seriously damaged by a large piece of concrete dropped by a
    Lancaster bomber.

    Bit dipped in sea with the red doors at the top is the ramp
    for the lifeboat. I think the bit on the right is the section damaged by
    the storm in 90? Strange to see a place that I knew so well as a kid in
    such a state.

    Bish :)

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    turkey Guest

    Default Re: Birnbeck Pier

    Hey...the situationn with the pier is/could be a bit dodgy.

    The RNLI still use the pier for its station, and they do check on it when it isnt manned.

    went to it today...cracking little place, the walk over the gantry to the small hut on the outstanding jetty style thing isnt for the weakhearted.

    definately worth a trip, will be putting an update on my site about it at the weekend.'

    turk ;)

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