Cleethorpes Pier

Cleethorpes pier was opened on the 4th August 1873 during the golden age of pier building and like many, it was originally considerably longer than it is now: it used to be 1,200 feet long, because the tide went out so far.

As with so many other piers, it was built to accommodate pleasure boats docking, bringing visitors into the town and beach.

In 1883 a concert hall was erected at the pier head, which burned down in 1903.  In 1905 a new pavilion was built on an extension, about a third of the way down the pier from the entrance.

At the outbreak of the second world war, again like so many others, Cleethorpes pier was cut to stop it being used as a landing stage for the enemy, then in 1949 the seaward end was badly damaged in a storm and the council demolished part of its connecting jetty.

Since then, it has been a long sad story of changes of ownership, an apparent lack of interest from the council, lots of money spent on refurbishments that never seems to bear fruit, long term and poor management.

It was briefly renamed Pier 39, after the one in San Francisco, despite having no resemblance at all to its American counterpart.  Its club was closed down because of poor hygiene and had its drinks license suspended because of rowdy behaviour.

The latest owners bought it in 2016 and claim that it is the largest fish and chip restaurant in the country.

Painting of Cleethorpes Pier