CULTURE & ARTS
12/09/2013 01:44 pm ET

Simon Roberts photographs Britain’s pleasure piers in “Pierdom” (PHOTOS).

In Britain, seaside piers are a national treasure. Constructed mostly during the 19th century, they were built as landing strips for steamboats and then became destinations in themselves, particularly for visitors traveling by rail. While quite a few were once home to grand ballrooms and theaters, most now host slot machines and merry-go-rounds. A few retain their original architecture, while some have lost important structures. Of the approximately 100 piers that stood at the turn of the century, only 58 remain.

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