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Lancashire's Seaside Piers (Paperback)

Also featuring the Piers of the River Mersey, Cumbria and the Isle of Man

Local History Yorkshire and Humberside England

By Martin Easdown
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781845630935
Published: 19th November 2009
Last Released: 2nd November 2009



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In this, a companion volume to his definitive history of Yorkshire’s pleasure piers, Martin Easdown turns his expert attention westward – to the Lancashire coast. His highly illustrated survey of the piers constructed at famous resorts like Blackpool, Morecambe, Southport and St Annes-on-Sea celebrates structures that are among the most exuberant and evocative of the Victorian age.

Each of these historic piers has its own character and story, yet all of them represent the optimistic style of the British seaside resort at the peak of its popularity. In those days the Lancashire coast, and Blackpool in particular, became the principal holiday destination for the workers of the nearby industrial towns during their Wakes Weeks. The piers that survive are fascinating relics of that lost age.

In this meticulously researched account, Martin Easdown describes how these extraordinary buildings came to be constructed, how they were designed and financed, how they were used, and how hazards beset them – fire, storm, ship collision, war damage and ever-present threat of insolvency.

His entertaining book reveals – and records – a neglected aspect of the history of Lancashire and the northwest.

Two page image led feature 'Disaster at the promenade' published by

The Gazette, 22nd March 2019

Two page image led feature 'Disasters at the pier' published by

Lancaster Guardian, 14th March 2019

Author article: 'A beginning for the end of the pier show' as featured by

Blackpool Gazette, 15th March 2019

As featured by

Lanashire Post, 13th March 2019

Author article: 'A beginning for the end of the pier show' as featured by

Lancaster Guardian, 7th March 2019

Author article: 'A beginning for the end of the pier show' as featured by

Lancashire Post, 6th March 2019

The author tells each piers history. It is also illustrated with more than 100 photos.

The Lancashire Magazine
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