Eastbourne Pier, Eastbourne, East Sussex
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    Eastbourne Pier Information

    Work on the Eastbourne pier began on 16 April 1866 and it was opened by Lord Edward Cavendish on 13 June 1870, although it was not actually completed until two years later. On New Years Day 1877 the landward half was swept away in a storm. It was rebuilt at a higher level, creating a drop towards the end of the pier. The pier is effectively built on stilts that rest in cups on the sea-bed allowing the whole structure to move during rough weather. It is roughly 300 metres (1000 ft) long. During World War II the decking was removed and machine guns were installed in the theatre providing a useful point from where to repel any attempted enemy landings.

    The pier features a camera obscura which existed in Victorian times but was restored in 2003. A number of traditional pier theatres were built over the years but after the last one was destroyed by fire in 1970 it was replaced by a nightclub and bar which remain to this day. On the landward half of the pier stands a fish and chip kiosk, an amusement arcade and a fast food outlet. Further out as well as the club there is a cafe, a restaurant, shops and fishing platform.

    The tower at the end of the pier (often used as a viewing point during the annual air show) contains one of the earliest camera obscuras ever made.

    In May 2009 the Listed building status of the Pier was upgraded from Grade II to Grade II*

  • Weather

    7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain today through Sunday, with high temperatures bottoming out at 17°C on Tuesday.

    Today's Forecast
     Partly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the afternoon.
       60%  44%   19 mph
      6:44 am    7:01 pm
    Saturday, Sep 22nd
     Rain starting in the evening.
       64%  90%   10 mph
      6:46 am    6:59 pm

    Sunday, Sep 23rd
     Windy starting in the afternoon and light rain in the afternoon.
       98%  92%   4 mph
      6:47 am    6:57 pm
    Monday, Sep 24th
     Clear throughout the day.
       0%  4%   13 mph
      6:49 am    6:54 pm

    Tuesday, Sep 25th
     Partly cloudy in the morning.
       8%  9%   10 mph
      6:51 am    6:52 pm
    Wednesday, Sep 26th
     Partly cloudy overnight.
       0%  2%   8 mph
      6:52 am    6:50 pm

    Thursday, Sep 27th
     Mostly cloudy starting in the evening.
       5%  17%   2 mph
      6:54 am    6:47 pm
    Friday, Sep 28th
     Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
       0%  52%   9 mph
      6:55 am    6:45 pm

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