Fire-dogged South Parade Pier - a pictorial history | Nostalgia

The first South Parade Pier opened in July 1879.

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South Parade Pier on fire, July 19, 1904. Picture: The News PP4143
South Parade Pier on fire, July 19, 1904. Picture: The News PP4143

It was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt in 1908 on cast iron supports.

Fire again struck the pier in 1974 during the filming of the Ken Russell film Tommy.

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Southsea firefighters put out the flaming pier on June 11, 1974. Picture: The News PP4153

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The new South Parade Pier being built in May 1908.
A band gives a deck concert on South Parade Pier with a ferry at the end of it. Picture: Courtesy of Portsmouth City Council
Pier Mansions is in the background of this unusual shot of roller-skating Edwardians on South Parade Pier. The picture is dated 1909. Picture: costen.co.uk