Sandown Pier, Isle of Wight, off Culver Parade, Sandown. Apart from Ryde pier, which is actually for transit rather than pleasure (although it affords both), Sandown is the oldest pier on the Isle of Wight, dating originally from 1879. The supervising engineer then was William Binns (1815-95), and the contractors were a London firm, Jukes and Coulson. "Two attractive square toll booths, with hipped roofs and small spires, fronted the entrance and a small shelter was placed on the pier head. Continuous seating ran along both sides of the pier, which had cast iron piling, wrought iron girders and timber decking" (Easdown and Sage). However, it was shorter than originally planned, and it was extended in 1895, when a pavilion was erected at the far end. The shore-end pavilion dates from later still — the 1930s, but, say David Lloyd and Nikolaus Pevsner dismissively, it "does not call for architectural comment," say (254). Later still, the pier had to be partly reconstructed. That was in the early 1970s.

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Easdown, Martin, and Linda Sage. Piers of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Electronic ed. Stroud, Glos.: Amberley, 2013.

Lloyd, David W., and Nikolaus Pevsner. The Buildings of England: Isle of Wight. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006.

"Sandown Culver." National Piers Society. Web. 2 November 2017.

Created 2 November 2017