Day 93: Weston-super-Mare to Portishead – A Pier Trilogy

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Avon, England
Remnants of Dismaland, a temporary art project organised by artist Banksy in August 2015, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Remnants of Dismaland, a temporary art project organised by Banksy in August 2015, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

DO NOT feed the seagulls, Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

DO NOT feed the seagulls, Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Wonkey Donkey gift shop, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Wonkey Donkey gift shop, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Derelict Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Derelict Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Fallen off the perch, near Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Fallen off the perch, near Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Danger of Death, Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Danger of Death, Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Derelict Cliffs Tearooms, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Derelict Cliffs Tearooms, Weston-super-Mare, Avon.

Sand Bay Dirt Jumps I, Weston Woods, Avon.

Sand Bay Dirt Jumps I, Weston Woods, Avon.

Sand Bay Dirt Jumps II, Weston Woods, Avon.

Sand Bay Dirt Jumps II, Weston Woods, Avon.

Sand Bay Dirt Jumps III, Weston Woods, Avon.

Sand Bay Dirt Jumps III, Weston Woods, Avon.

Sand Bay Dirt Jumps IV, Weston Woods, Avon.

Sand Bay Dirt Jumps IV, Weston Woods, Avon.

Birnbeck Island from Sand Bay, Brean down beyond, Avon.

Birnbeck Island from Sand Bay, Brean down beyond, Avon.

Steep Holm from Sand Bay, Avon.

Steep Holm from Sand Bay, Avon.

Birnbeck Island and pier, Avon.

Birnbeck Island and pier, Avon.

Mud ridges, Sand Bay, Avon.

Mud ridges, Sand Bay, Avon.

Low tide, Sand Bay, Avon.

Low tide, Sand Bay, Avon.

Limestone promontory of Sand Point, Avon.

Limestone promontory of Sand Point, Avon.

Woodspring Priory, a former Augustinian priory founded in the early 13th century and dedicated to Thomas Becket. Dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536. Middle Hope, Avon.

Woodspring Priory, a former Augustinian priory founded in the early 13th century and dedicated to Thomas Becket. Dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536. Middle Hope, Avon.

Duckweed & Container, drainage ditch, Wick St Lawrence, Avon.

Duckweed & Container, drainage ditch, Wick St Lawrence, Avon.

Clevedon Marine Lake, Avon.

Clevedon Marine Lake, Avon.

Swimmer, Clevedon Marine Lake, Avon.

Swimmer, Clevedon Marine Lake, Avon.

Crazy Golf, Avon.

Crazy Golf, Clevedon, Avon.

Clevedon Pier, the only pier to be Grade I listed building and described by John Betjeman as “the most beautiful pier in England”. Built 1869, Avon.

Clevedon Pier, the only pier to be a Grade I listed building and described by John Betjeman as “the most beautiful pier in England”. Built 1869, Avon.

Pavilion & wrought Iron structure of gangway, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Pavilion & wrought iron structure of gangway, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Gangway shadow, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Gangway shadow, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast Iron lamp posts, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron lamp posts, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast Iron columns, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron columns, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

The pavilion, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

The pavilion, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron capital detail I, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron capital detail I, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron floral balustrade I, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron floral balustrade I, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast Iron column detail, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron column detail, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron floral balustrade II, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron floral balustrade II, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron capital detail II, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Cast iron capital detail II, Clevedon Pier, Avon.

Underside of Clevedon Pier from the Porthole Room, Avon.

Underside of Clevedon Pier from the Porthole Room, Avon.

Clevedon Pier from the coast path, Avon.

Clevedon Pier from the coast path, Avon.

Clevedon Pier Pavilion and paddle steamer embarkation point, Avon.

Clevedon Pier Pavilion and paddle steamer embarkation point, Avon.

Dusk at Black Nore lighthouse, Portishead, Avon.

Dusk at Black Nore lighthouse, Portishead, Avon.

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9 thoughts on “Day 93: Weston-super-Mare to Portishead – A Pier Trilogy”

  1. Beth Hope says:

    Can’t decide my favorite today: Fallen off the perch or Duckweed & Container. Feeling a partiality for the odd ones, I guess.

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  2. Peter Singleton says:

    I can recall Birnbeck Pier when it was still open in the early 60s and taking a steamer trip to Ilfracombe with my grandmother from there. If my memory serves me correctly the derelict Cliffs tearoom is what used to be the Toll Road gatehouse where you paid your tolls. Surprisingly, while I knew both of the WSM piers, I had never come across nor visited the Clevedon Pier – what a wonderful construction and excellent photos. Great stuff.

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    • Interesting to hear your memories, Birnbeck deserves to be saved and it must have been magnificent to travel from it by steamer. I was wondering why there would be a building at cliffs tearooms so the toll booth makes sense. Clevedon is a beauty, hope you get the chance to visit one day.

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  3. Gorgeous photographs. Also I must commend you for being so brave to post your photos without a watermark. I am a huge advocate of doing that. Spent a day in Weston Super Mare a while back and wrote about it on the blog, but your scenes capture a side that I did not see. Wrote about it on the blog. Truly wonderful.

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    • I tend to think that an organisation that would pay for photos would do so irrespective of watermarking. Not to mention that outside of commercial archives the size of watermark tends to be inversely proportional to the quality of the photography! Enjoyed reading your account – a side that i didn’t see either

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