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BURNHAM-ON-SEA PIER

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A Post Medieval jetty, visible as a structure, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1940. Located on Burnham-on-Sea beach opposite the entrance to Pier Street, the stone-built pier is aligned West-North-West by East-South-East, 244 metres long and about 7.5 metres wide. It runs at right angles from the Esplanade across the beach towards the sea. Built by the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, it was opened in May 1858 for the purposes of connecting with a railway-owned paddle-steamer ferry service to Cardiff in South Wales, which ran from 1858 to carry passengers, livestock and other goods until the service ceased in 1888. From Burnham railway station, the railway track ran across the Esplanade and along the length of the jetty alongside which the ferry berthed although, with the jetty's down gradient of 1 in 23, this required rolling stock to be lowered by wire ropes from the top of the jetty. The Burnham lifeboat also used the jetty for launching. The pier was altered in the late 20th century by the removal of rails and the cobbled surface.

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