Marco says: When J and M took me onto Clarence Pier, I thought it was like going onto a large boat. The pier is built along the coast, not out to sea. But a boat with good entertainment, plus a totally new meaning to the term ‘peer – ir is it pier? pressure’.
J says: Tim Lambert’s history of Southsea describes that the Clarence Esplanade was built by convict labour in 1848. Clarence Pier was opened in 1861 by the Prince and Princess of Wales. Both the esplanade and the Pier are named after Lord FitzClarence who was once the military governor of Portsmouth. The pier had a regular ferry service to the Isle of Wight.
Tim also reveals that Southsea has been home to authors Rudyard Kipling who lived in Campbell Road in the 1870’s. In 1882 a doctor called Arthur Conan Doyle came to Southsea. He lived in Elm Grove and he wrote his first Sherlock Holmes story A study in Scarlet there. The comedian Peter Sellers was born in Southsea in 1925.
Marco says ; the pier is right next to the Hovercraft and M and I watched it come in from the Pier.
A new meaning to the term ‘Pier Pressure’, the people on it must have had a fantastic view of the hovercraft! I wouldn’t have the head for heights…..or the grip with my paws.
Tim Lambert’s guided tour of Southsea