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The Town Pier

A Grade II* Listed Building in Gravesend, Kent

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Latitude: 51.4453 / 51°26'43"N

Longitude: 0.3697 / 0°22'10"E

OS Eastings: 564774

OS Northings: 174480

OS Grid: TQ647744

Mapcode National: GBR NMK.B9J

Mapcode Global: VHJLC.CX9W

Entry Name: The Town Pier

Listing Date: 3 July 1975

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1089004

English Heritage Legacy ID: 356437

Location: Gravesham, Kent, DA11

County: Kent

District: Gravesham

Town: Gravesham

Electoral Ward/Division: Pelham

Built-Up Area: Gravesend

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Gravesend St George

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text


8/194 The Town Pier


Pleasure Pier. 1831-4 by WT Clark, Civic Engineer. T-shaped construction of cast iron resting on 2 rows of 4 cast iron Doric columns at the shore end and 3 rows of 6 columns on the river side with cast iron arched ribs. These had 2 pavilions at the angles of the T-portion with shipped roofs supported on decorative columns with cast iron cupolas above with urn shaped finials. These pavilions remain but were later boarded in. Originally one of the cupolas had a clock and the other a bell. Between these pavilions is a 35 feet high cast-iron light-house, cylindrical with blocked light at top surmounted by finial. Later in the C19 the remainder of the pier was roofed over and has 12 wooden pilasters and 12 C20 casements. The base of the walls is of tongued and grooved boards, above C20 corrugated iron. Original stone causeway beneath pier. Front has a C20 addition in yellow brick with wooden canopy with fretted cornice and 4 decorative cast iron columns. Probably the earliest surviving iron pleasure pier in the world.

Listing NGR: TQ6477474480

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