We have several old photographs and postcards for you to browse. They give a flavour of the building of the old and new Piers, the people who were part of it and the holidaymakers who enjoyed Swanage's heyday as a visitor resort in the early part of the twentieth century.

Postcards from the Pier

Some of the postcards sent from Swanage in the last century.

The 19th Century

Building the first two Piers at Swanage, 1859 and 1897.

The 20th Century

The old and new Piers working together and the early-century heyday of paddle steamer tourism.

The End of the Boom Times

The Pier falls into disrepair in the late 20th Century until the Swanage Pier Trust takes over management in 1994. Repair and restoration begins.

We are indebted to the David Haysom Collection for the use of the images on this page and throughout the site.