Illustrated with over 80 period
photographs and contemporary plans, Simon Adamson's pioneering
study covers the rise and fall of the British seaside pier in all
its aspects - whether social, architectural, technical or
financial. The architecture is surveyed by Anthony Dale, until
recently an Historic Monuments Inspector with the Department of
the Environment. The chapter on pier construction, which has been
Mr Adamson's special field of study, will be of particular
interest to industrial archaeologists, who will also value the two
appendices - a complete, annotated list of all piers ever
constructed and a similarly annotated list of all surviving piers.
This latter gazetteer is based on the report specially
commissioned by the Victorian Society. Both it, and Mr Adamson's
last chapter on 'Piers Today' highlight those piers of special
interest - like the famous West Pier at Brighton - which are
currently threatened with destruction.
Condition: The page edges are a
little foxed but internally clean and sound. Dust jacket is also
in very good condition but price clipped.