12 photos that capture the true beauty of Blackpool’s North Pier

PUBLISHED: 00:00 26 January 2018

Starlings ready to roost at sunset, Blackpool North Pier by Annette Regan

Starlings ready to roost at sunset, Blackpool North Pier by Annette Regan


A look at a threatened site that has entertained generations of holidaymakers

Think of Blackpool and a succession of landmarks spring to mind: the tower, the miles of golden sand and the Pleasure Beach. But some of the resort’s most famous sites have now been listed alongside the Al-Hadba Minaret in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Souk of Aleppo in Syria and the disaster sites of the Caribbean which were ravaged by storms last year.

Blackpool’s three 19th century piers have been included on the World Monuments Fund’s 2018 ‘At Risk’ list because of the threat of rising sea levels and extreme weather.

The local council have said they are pleased with the piers’ inclusion on the list and hope it will prompt action to preserve the attractions and encourage more people to visit.

Nationally, it is hoped that the spotlight on Blackpool’s piers will draw attention to others around the country – the national piers society estimates that around a fifth of Britain’s piers are currently at risk of being lost.

North Pier was Blackpool’s first, opening in 1863, and it is the oldest remaining example of a pier designed by celebrated seaside architect Eugenius Birch whose other works included the now long-gone Lytham Pier and Hastings Pier which last year won a prestigious award after a major refurbishment.

In 1868, Central Pier was the second pier to open in Blackpool, with South Pier – originally called Victoria Pier – following in 1893.

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