(Llandudno pier image author)

I’ve always loved piers…

Most partly grown-up small boys do. It’s that sheer expanse of linear possibility…


Piers are usually associated with railway towns. In many ways the railway town was the forerunner of modern urban development. The ‘seaside’ was invented by railway companies who provided the means to get there – in three graduations of ‘wealth: third class; second class and first.

(Above: the ‘Just William’ books by Richmal Crompton. Image – Wikipedia)

The scruffy small boys – all looking like they were from one of Richmal Crompton’s ‘Just William’ books – didn’t seem to mind being bottom of the heap. ‘Wakes Week’ had arrived and dad could come, too…

(Above: ‘Wakes weeks’ – synchronous factory holidays for all of a town)

Seaside towns didn’t always have long piers, but it was a badge of honour if they did.

This one’s in Llandudno, North Wales. It’s privately owned. There are numerous small businesses along its impressive length and a rejuvenated cocktails and drinks bar at the end.

(Above: the view from the bar)

Pint of Guinness with the sunset, anyone?

(Above: the view towards the Great Orme)

©Stephen Tanham 2022

Stephen Tanham is a Director of the Silent Eye, a journey through the forest of personality to the dawn of Being.

http://www.thesilenteye.co.uk and http://www.suningemini.blog

10 Comments on “That ‘end of the pier’ feeling

  1. Yes got to love a pier. My family hols were all in Herne Bay who had the second longest after Southend. Not that it bugged the locals. These days it’s like a lizard who’s lost its tail, just a stump after a fire in the 80s. Nowadays I’m delighted to spend time on Southwold pier which like Ludo’s is privately owned.

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    • Southwold Pier – one of our favourites. So original and full of slightly adult fun. It’s a great town. We have friend in Suffolk and always have a day or two at the end of the trips visiting Southwold.


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