Shorncliffe Pier has existed in one form or another since 1884. Its most recent incarnation reached the end of its useful life in 2013, when it was permanently shut due to safety concerns; marine borers had had a feast. The pier is much loved by locals, included in regular strolls along the foreshore, played on and under by kids, fishers often found at the end, and countless wedding photos have been taken here. As newcomers to the area, my husband Will and I were lucky enough to enjoy it for a year or so before it was closed. The community rallied in support of the pier, petitioning to fix it, and when that proved impossible, working to ensure the new pier would retain the gorgeous late Victorian character that has made it such a delightful landmark all these years. The community was successful, and so work began on removing the old pier to make way for the new. This week, the last of the pier has come down, with only a few supports left. These will be moved out to sea to preserve the homes of the multitude of marine life that live on them.
Below is Will's favourite photo of the pier, and how it appears now. More pier photos under sunrise, sunsets, and full moons can be seen in my Shorncliffe Pier gallery.