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Gravesend Town Pier
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Gravesend Town Pier
Official name Gravesend Town Pier
Type Boat passenger pier
Carries Pedestrians
Spans Thames River
Maintained by Gravesham Borough Council
Design William Tierney Clark
Construction William Wood
Owner Gravesham Borough Council
Total length 39 metres (127 ft)
Width 12 metres (40 ft)
Coordinates 51°26′43″N 0°22′11″E / 51.4454°N 0.3697°E / 51.4454; 0.3697Coordinates: 51°26′43″N 0°22′11″E / 51.4454°N 0.3697°E / 51.4454; 0.3697

The Gravesend Town Pier is located in Gravesend, Kent. It was designed by William Tierney Clark and built in 1834 on the site of the earlier Town Quay. Over 3 million passengers were served between 1835 and 1842, but around 1900, this pier fell into disuse due to the arrival of the railways.

In 2000, this site was restored by the Gravesham Borough Council, partly funded by the organisations English Heritage, English Partnerships, Heritage Lottery Fund, Kent County Council, and Manifold Trust. In 2002, this renovation project was finished. They had also added a restaurant and a bar to the pier. When reopened, the Gravesend Town Pier was initially successful, but it later became a fiscal failure.

Gravesend town pier is the oldest surviving cast iron pier in the world and is a Grade II* listed building.

Current services

Since 2012 the Gravesend–Tilbury Ferry has run from the Town Pier.

Mention of the pier in other media

It is the setting of the 2017 song "Gravesend Pier" by Gone Molly, which describes a scene of poverty and wealth in nineteenth century England.

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