a companion volume to his definitive history of
piers, Martin Easdown turns his expert attention westward – to the
Lancashire coast. His highly illustrated survey of the piers
constructed at famous resorts like Blackpool, Morecambe, Southport
and St Annes-on-Sea celebrates structures that are among the most
exuberant and evocative of the Victorian age.
Each of these historic piers has its own character and story, yet
all of them represent the optimistic style of the British seaside
resort at the peak of its popularity. In those days the Lancashire
coast, and Blackpool in particular, became the principal holiday
destination for the workers of the nearby industrial towns during
their Wakes Weeks. The piers that survive are fascinating relics of
that lost age.
In this meticulously researched account, Martin Easdown describes
how these extraordinary buildings came to be constructed, how they
were designed and financed, how they were used, and how hazards
beset them – fire, storm, ship collision, war damage and
ever-present threat of insolvency.
His entertaining book reveals – and records – a neglected aspect of
the history of Lancashire and the northwest.
Yorkshire's Seaside Piers
by Martin Easdown