Royal Pier-Southampton.(50).

Opened 8th. July 1833 by Princess Victoria (later- Queen).

Sadly, the Royal Pier is now a ruin (other than the ‘Gatehouse’ which is a restaurant. Rebuilds took place in years 1840, early 1890s & 1926.
Facilities on the Pier included a Hall for meetings, dances,etc. The ‘Red Funnel Line’s’ paddle steamers- ‘Lorna Doone’, etc., enabled the public to visit the ‘Isle of Wight’,etc. Fishing from the Pier was great fun. Development plans are underway to improve the situation. John Edgar Mann’s ‘Southampton Past & Present’-1985, is well worth a read. The Central Library has a copy. The illustration is included with his courtesy.

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