From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present
Bangor - Garth Pier
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Gwynedd
3° 14′ 18.58″ N, 4° 7′ 26.76″ W
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1896
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Bangor Pier, also known as Garth Pier is located on the Menai Strait, in Bangor, Gwynedd.

The pier was designed by J.J.Webster of Westminster, London in the 1890's. It was opened to the public on 14th May1896, by George Douglas-Pennant, the 2nd Baron of Penrhyn. The pier was 1,550ft, making it the second longest pier in Wales, the ninth longest in the British Isles.

The pier had a pontoon, which was used for the pleasure steamers belonging to the Liverpool and North Wales Steamship Company. In 1914, the cargo steamer SS Christiana broke free from the pontoon overnight causing damage to the neck of the pier. The Royal Engineers built a temporary bridge, which remained in place until 1921, due to World War I. The 3ft railway used for handling baggage from the streamers was removed due to the damage.

Due to lack of upkeep, the pier was closed due to safety concerns. The ownership of the pier was taken over by the Arfon Borough Council in 1974. They decided to tear the pier down, but the Bangor City council objected. They obtained a Grade II listing and the planning officer considered it to be one of the three finest piers in the country.

The pier was bought for the fee of 1p in 1975. In 1982, the renovation of the pier was started, taking six years to complete. The pier was reopened in 1988.