Postcards of the Wellington Pier and Winter Gardens

The changing face of the pier in the 20th Century

By John Layton

The Wellington Pier has undergone less changes than its sister pier, the Britannia, but it still has changed somewhat.

It was bought by the comedian Jim Davidson in the 1990s to be refurbished, but has now become derelict, the iron skeleton being all that remains of its once proud pavilion.  (The tops of the turrets of the pavilion can be found in an enclosed area nearby)

The first postcard is undated, but the view is assumed to be c1900.  If anyone can help us date it more accurately, please get in touch.

The second postcard is dated 1935.

Also included here is a photograph of the interior of the Winter Gardens Building, which was purchased from Torquay and brought to Yarmouth as an attraction.  It later became a German Biergarten, then an adventure playground for children.

Photo:Postcard of Wellington Pier, c1900

Postcard of Wellington Pier, c1900

Gt Yarmouth Museums

Photo:Postcard of Wellington Pier and Winter Gardens, posted 1935

Postcard of Wellington Pier and Winter Gardens, posted 1935

Gt Yarmouth Museums

Photo:Postcard showing interior of Winter Gardens

Postcard showing interior of Winter Gardens

Gt Yarmouth Museums

This page was added by John Layton on 25/05/2007.
Comments about this page

What a large crowd of -police? security men? -surrounding the 1900 Wellington Pier entrance. Maybe it was reserved for the posh and not open to the working class families.

Lovely and fascinating pictures. More are in Norfolk Library Picture Records

By frank
On 18/06/2007

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