Sumary of The six new ‘seaside gems’ awarded Grade II listed status, from Skegness Townhall to Hythe Pier :
- It is still running today and is believed to be the oldest continuously operating public pier train in the worldHythe Pier stretches 640 metres (2,099ft) from the centre of Hythe out into the channel of Southampton Water, explains Historic England.
- ‘The pierhead buildings have good architectural detailing, and the pier’s well-surviving steel and cast-iron substructure, slender columns and cross bracing make it a strong example of a late 19th-century pier with a touch of elegance.
- It is still running today and is believed to be the oldest continuously operating public pier train in the world.
- It continues: ‘It was designed by (John-Baptiste) Sebastian Comper for Lieutenant Commander Charles E Evans RNVR, the owner of the village of Bantham and its surrounding area, to commemorate the coronation of King George VI in 1937. This is marked by the Royal insignia and wall plaque to the east gable end.
- It says: ‘Eight shelters are already listed at Grade II and the list entries of these are being updated today at the same time as the listing of a further eight shelters.
- ‘Most of the shelters were made between 1903 and 1904 by renowned iron-founders Walter MacFarlane and Co (MacFarlanes), of Glasgow and the Lion Foundry Company, of Kirkintilloch.