200 year anniversary for Britain's oldest pier

Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight is celebrating its 200th anniversary today. Designed by John Kent of Southampton, the pier opened on 26 July, 1814, and became a template for piers throughout the country.

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Ryde Pier celebrates 200 year anniversary

Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight in 1935 Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Image

The 200th anniversary of the opening of Britain's first seaside pier is being marked today.

Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight opened on July 26 1814, and today still stands as a reminder of the feat of Victorian engineering.

It was the original seaside pier and paved the way for dozens of others up and down Britain, from Dunoon in Scotland to Falmouth in Cornwall.

Along with fish and chips and rock, piers became a staple of British seaside life and a magnet for holidaymakers before the boom in international travel.

Royal Thames Yacht Club races in 1935 with Ryde Pier in the foreground Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Image
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