The pier, Southend-on-Sea, England (1890-1900). Public domain /

By Liana Jacob

STRIKING coloured photographs illustrate England’s most popular and in some cases now lost piers from the nineteenth and twentieth century highlighting their rich history.

Admiralty Pier, Dover, England (1890-1900). Public domain /

The picturesque landscapes embody the charming personality of the pier in Skegness, the breath-taking scenic view of the Central Pier in Blackpool, looking remarkably like Westminster, and the eloquent scenery of the Howtown Pier in the Lake District.

Other colourised photographs display the touristic attractions of Clacton-on-Sea Pier, the dignified image of the Promenade and Tower from South Pier and the Herne Bay Pier.

The North Pier, Blackpool, England (1890-1990). Public Domain /

During the Second World War, the Skegness pier was closed and parts of the decking was removed as part of anti-invasion policies and did not re-open until 1948 following repairs

A drifting ship, Europa, rammed into the pier in 1919 and it took 20 years to raise the money, £20,840, to fully repair it.

From the pier, Clacton-on-Sea, England (1890-1900). Public domain /

The majority of Herne Pier was destroyed in a storm in 1978.

The National Piers Society is a registered charity founded in 1979 by Sir John Betjeman, dedicated to promoting and sustaining interest in the preservation of seaside piers.

The pier, Weston-super-Mare, England (1890-1900). Public domain /