Tuesday, 29 December 2009


beach sands donkeysHere are more photos of Rhyl pier, originally named the Victoria Pier. It was fashionable to name things after Victoria (Queen from 1837 to 1901), especially piers as she expressed a liking for them. Other piers have the same name including the one at Colwyn Bay.

The photos are dated 1890 but may have been taken a year or two earlier. The structure halfway along is a small theatre originally named Bijou Pavilion. At the time, the pier was under private ownership and there was an admission charge. The nearest picture shows pay booths at the entrance.

In the last few weeks I’ve received messages asking where it was located, so let me repeat here that the pier was opposite Church Street. If the pier were there today, it would be behind the Seaquarium.


THU 19th AUG 2010 UPDATE: In response to a query from reader Michael White, I can confirm that there was an admission charge on the pier until after World War 2. The pier was made toll-free in time for the 1947 summer season.