Heritage Stories from the Archive

The contents of our archive provide a rich source of material to interpret our heritage and tell its story. This is a work in progress. Check back for updates or follow us on Facebook or Twitter – look for ‘ArchiveClevedon’.

Letter from Clevedon Pier Company records. Held in private collection. From the Pier Archive Digital Collection.

When is a Piermaster’s Assistant an occupation or a wife? Follow Ann Mants story to find out……wife and assistant of Piermaster Mants for 20 years at the end of the 19th century. Follow this link for more https://clevedonpierarchive.com/2020/09/19/the-piermasters-wife/

2012 Clevedon Civic Society Booklet. Part of the Austin Davis Collection.

Re-opening the Pier 1989. A fascinating article by long standing Pier Supporters Club Secretary Austin Davis


From the Clevedon Civic Society’s booklet – 2002

Citation: British Newspaper Archive online

Erecting Clevedon Pier. The Early Days. A dip into the early attempts at getting a pier built at Clevedon from 1828 and the advert for someone to draw up a plan, specification and estimate, for 10 Guineas to 1835 and a visit by the Bristol Harbourmaster to check out the lay of the land and have a good lunch in Clevedon.


Close up of flagstaff detail from 1863 drawings submitted to Board of Trade. Held in a private collection. Image: Clevedon Pier Digital Archive Collection

The Ups and Downs of the Pier Flagstaff

With the help of local historian Jane Lilly and stalwart supporter of the Pier, Jackie English, combined with items from the archive this story is a little romp through the ups and downs of the Pier’s flagstaff.


From Clevedon Pier Digital Archive Collection

Specifying how to build Clevedon Pier

A fascinating insight of building a large iron marine structure from the transcription of the original Specification of Works written in 1867. Follow the link or click on the image for the story.