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150 Years of History at Clevedon Pier - Abbie Edbrooke (Ladies Invited)

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Today we welcomed the ladies to join us for our meeting.

Abbie Edbrooke gave an enthusiastic talk on Clevedon Pier illustrated with slides, video and sound. She covered the history of the pier from how it came to be built to serve the steamer trade, with Brunel’s redundant broad gauge wrought iron rail section, to being described by poet Betjeman as “the most beautiful pier in England”.

There had been many technical and financial challenges involving false starts, bankruptcy, rework of the pier head to make docking less hazardous, storm damage and the collapse of a main span during safety testing.

This collapse could have been the end of the pier had it not been for the enthusiasm, drive and money raised by volunteers who formed the Preservation Trust.

Money is always needed for the maintenance of this historic structure.

This year is the 150th celebration year with many special events.

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