The Pier at Harwich

The Quay, Harwich, CO12 3HH, United Kingdom
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The Ha'penny Pier

by johngayton

Harwich's Ha'penny Pier was built in 1853 as the jetty for paddle steamer services to the Continent and several British coastal destinations. It is so-called because a fee of half a penny was charged to anyone using it to see off or greet the steamers' passengers (like a platform ticket).

The steamer services were discontinued after World War I and in 1927 about half of it was burnt down and not replaced.

The pier no longer charges a fee and makes for a pleasant place to sit and watch the working boats in the small harbour or to cartch the local foot ferry across to Shotley and Felixstowe. The former ticket office has been restored by The Harwich Society and is now the local Tourist Information Centre and hosts a small, free to enter, Mayflower exhibition.

Also on the pier is a little cafe which specialises in local seafood which can be eaten in or taken away.


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Forum Posts

Question about early documents

by crystaloftedahl

Hi! I'm looking for quotes from Christopher Jones or others of his time about preparing for the Mayflower Voyage, charting the course, etc. Does anyone know of a place where I could look?

Re: Question about early documents

by hawkhead

Does it have to be in Harwich? 'cos I would have thought the best place to go would be to the British Library.

Re: Question about early documents

by johngayton

Contact the Harwich Society. They are one of the most enthusiastic voluntary societies in the UK and I'm sure someone there will be able to help. Here's the website:

Re: Question about early documents

by Sjalen

Or the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Travel Tips for Harwich

Where To Get Your Laundry Done

by johngayton

If travelling to or from the Continent via Harwich as part of a longer trip then a stop-off in town can allow you to catch up with your clothes washing. This little laundrette on Kingsway, just up the road from Dovercourt railway station, is cheap and friendly and you can either do your own or take advantage of their service wash.

The service was is about £2 more expensive than doing it yourself but your clothes come neatly folded and for a small further fee you can get your shirts and trousers ironed.

High & Low Lighthouses

by Ash59

There are two prominent lighthouses in Harwich and they are named as the High & Low Lighthouses. The Low Lighthouse, foremost in the picture, is on the sea front. The other, seen as a spire to left of the white lighthouse, sits quite comfortably 150 yards (approx 140mtr) further inland, almost inside the town. They were built in 1818 and took over from a light that was installed over the Town gate in 1665 and a wooden structure that sat on the sea front.

The idea of these two lighthouses was to guide ships into the harbour. When a ship aligned itself so that both lights were in line with each other (know as leading lights), they knew that they were following the cleared channel into the port.

Over a period, they became know as “misleading lights”, as the channel became silted up and they no longer led ships clear of the surrounding shoals. They were acquired by Trinity House in 1836 and discontinued in 1863. They were replaced by iron lighthouses, further down the coast in Dovercourt.

The Low Lighthouse depicted is now the local Maritime Museum. .
Opening times: - 1st May to 31st August
10am to 5pm Daily
Cost: - £0.50

Shakers - If You Need A Freebie WiFi Connection

by johngayton

Shakers pub, formerly the Mariners Hotel, is sortof self-styled as a trendy bar but is in fact more of a local boozer. It's a friendly enough little place and whilst it doesn't offer real beer does a pretty decent pint of Guinness.

It's especially useful for us travellers in that it offers freebie WiFi to customers - ask at the bar for the code. The pub is located on West Street which is the first main road to your left as you come out of the town's railway station.

It also has rooms to let which seem reasonably-priced and I'll probably consider staying there on my next visit.

The High Lighthouse

by Ash59

At present, Tendring District Council owns the High Lighthouse. They renovated it in 1975 to commemorate the European Architectural Heritage Year. Towering over the surrounding buildings, the nine-sided brick tower stands at 90 foot (approx 28 mtr) tall and now houses the National Vintage Wireless and Television Museum.

The High Lighthouse marks the end of an 81-mile (110km) footpath that starts in the south of the county, in Epping.


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