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South Pier

A Grade II Listed Building in Holyhead (Caergybi), Isle of Anglesey

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Latitude: 53.3122 / 53°18'44"N

Longitude: -4.6209 / 4°37'15"W

OS Eastings: 225489

OS Northings: 382680

OS Grid: SH254826

Mapcode National: GBR GMZY.D2C

Mapcode Global: WH31B.Z0QL

Plus Code: 9C5Q896H+VJ

Entry Name: South Pier

Listing Date: 25 July 1994

Last Amended: 25 July 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14742

Building Class: Maritime

Location: To S of Admiralty Pier; reached via Turkey Shore Road.

County: Isle of Anglesey

Community: Holyhead (Caergybi)

Community: Holyhead

Traditional County: Anglesey

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1820-21, by John Rennie (1761-1821), prominent engineer. In 1810 an Act of Parliament was passed which included much needed improvement to the harbour at Holyhead which had by that time become established as the principal port for communication with Ireland, in particular it was the station for the Post Office steam packets. This work involved the construction of the Admiralty Pier and lighthouse to the east of Salt Island and Harbour-Master’s Offices and Customs House, with later addition of the George IV Arch. The former dry dock to SW of South Pier was possibly the first in Wales.


Masonry pier projects circa 100m northwards from harbour. Large squared masonry blocks. Square projection to NW side; pier broadens at SW angle (where there was formerly dry dock). Stone stairs down to water level and sloping revetted wall to seaward (E) side. Stone wall above beach defining rock zone.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an integral part of this important harbour scheme designed by Rennie.

Group value with Admiralty Pier.

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