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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 19:25:34 »
Old photo of Sun Pier,Chatham.


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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008, 11:09:28 »
Apparently the floating metal section got punctured and sank, therefore making the moving walkway bit fall off the end. Hopefully the council will get it sorted soon, but they don`t seem to be rushing with Strood pier which has been out of action for ages!

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Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008, 17:17:38 »


Sun Pier, Chatham, is the only historic jetty to remain open to the public in Medway, with Rochester and Strood piers both shut. The Victorian pier was originally used as a mooring for Paddle Steamer pleasure boats, as well as some commercial shipping. In the 1960's a massive blaze destroyed the buildings on the main part of the pier and it came under threat of demolition. It remained closed until 1987 when it was refurbished at a cost of ?85,000. The Sun Hotel stood near to the site for 150 years but was pulled down in the 1960's, again due to fire, it was replaced by Anchorage House followed by other offices in the early 80's.



Old picture of the pier before the 1960's fire






Recently, in the spring of this year, part of the lower section collapsed into the river after strong winds damaged it. The walkway and lower section are now closed off. Medway Council hopes to re-open the lower section when funds become available to repair the damage.










 

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