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Ha’penny Charm At Harwich

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 8th June 2014

After my visit to Felixstowe, I headed across the Orwell Bridge and along the north Essex coast to the charming little Harwich Ha’penny Pier as my second location for the project. It has a surviving Victorian ticket office which is an iconic local landmark.

Harwich Ha'penny Pier Ticket Office

Harwich Ha’penny Pier Ticket Office

After wandering on the boards, the café offered a selection of cakes – I chose a nice slice of Victoria Sponge to go with my tea.

Victoria Sponge On The Pier

Victoria Sponge On The Pier

View the full gallery of images for Harwich Ha’penny Pier.

Felixstowe The First

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 8th June 2014

Today I visited the first two piers on my list – Felixstowe and Harwich Ha’Penny. Felixstowe beach was quite busy on a sunny, warm Sunday – the perfect way to kick off the project. Plenty of folks were out sunning themselves on the sand or outside their beach huts.

Felixstowe Beach

Felixstowe Beach

As well as photographing each pier, I also plan to take tea and cake, wherever possible on,  or close to, the pier. My first treat was a strawberry cupcake and a cup of tea from the Boardwalk Café on the shoreward end of the pier – as far as you can go, as most of the rest of the way is barred to the public.

Tea & Cake, Felixstowe

Tea & Cake, Felixstowe

View the Felixstowe Pier gallery for more images.

Piers Of The Realm

Posted by Caz on Friday, 6th June 2014

I’ve been thinking of ideas for a new photography project for a while now, something which would give me a definite goal to work towards while still taking me to interesting places where I’ve never been before. Inspired by photographic friend Mandy Charlton‘s project to photograph all 69 of Britain’s Cities, I’ve decided to document the UK’s seaside piers – hence I’m launching this new section of my website featuring Piers Of The Realm.

The National Piers Society has a list of all the surviving piers around the coast and those which have already been lost. There are 58 still standing, but I’m also counting Brighton West which is just about hanging on.

Brighton West Pier

Brighton West Pier

Several other piers are in serious danger of falling apart, while others are being lovingly restored and gaining a new lease of life. Each will have its own character and attractions, which I hope to capture through my images. I have already been to some of the piers on the A-Z list such as Southwold, Walton, Clacton, Southend and the three in Blackpool while visiting their respective towns in the past. But I intend to revisit each of these piers again to fulfill the project fully. I will be posting regular updates as I visit each pier or plan a trip to more seaside towns.