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Whitby West Pier

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Whitby West Pier

Whitby West Pier (Left)

Whitby West Pier can be found at the mouth of the River Esk in Whitby. The pier is much loved by locals and visitors from across the UK and even worldwide.

Some form of harbour protection at the mouth of the River Esk was present in the early 1300’s.

Protection was achieved by a combination of Tate Hill Pier, Scotch Head and West Pier and construction was likely to have comprised timber, boulders and stone collected form cliff falls.

In 1632 West Pier was rebuilt using sandstone blocks. Repairs, rebuilding and lengthening continued throughout the 1600’s, 1700’s and 1800’s. An extension was added to the pier between 1908 and 1914 and an interceptor wall was added to the bullnose of the main arm to reduce the swell entering the harbour.

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Posted by on April 23, 2012. Filed under Buildings,News,Whitby History. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

5 Responses to Whitby West Pier


  1. Peter Boiston Reply

    June 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Ive been on the internet since 2008. I wonder if i will ever be able to walk on the East Pier or even cast a fishing line for a winter cod.
    I have lovely memories of fishing into the kelp beds and reeling up a fresh north sea cod. Last time i fished that side of the town was in 2002 on a freezing cold night with ice everywhere,thats why anglers flock to Whitby for the Cod and the Mackeral . When are the people in power going to listen to the public.

  2. Nigel Ward Reply

    June 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    @admin:

    “Repairs, rebuilding and lengthening continued throughout the 1600’s, 1700’s and 1800’s.”

    and stopped abruptly on All FOOL’S DAY 1974, when SBC took over the statutory duty of maintenance.

    Can I say ‘wankers’? It’s after 9:00pm.

  3. John Field Reply

    July 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I’d delighted to say that the West Pier extension is open again. The footbridge was completed yesterday and the barriers came down this morning.

    Next up – hopefully, we’ll soon be enjoying news that the East Pier footbridge and the leaning lighthouse have been repaired. Hopefully.

  4. admin Reply

    July 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Flying pig alert

  5. p.boiston Reply

    July 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Thats good news for Whitby Town. Now we need some sun and a few weeks of the mackeral showing so that people use the shops and piers.

    Lets hope they do listen and open the East pier.


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