owner for Burnham-On-Sea's historic pier is revealed
historic seafront Pavilion which is the UK's shortest pier
has a new owner this week.
and Sons, a nationwide entertainment and gaming company, has bought
the seafront landmark from the Parkin family, who had owned it for
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, a spokeswoman for J Holland and Sons confirmed
the deal this week: "We are delighted to have taken over the
Pavilion we have exciting plans for its future."
owner Louise Parkin told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We took over
the Pavilion in a dismal condition with a crumbling substructure
and rusting pillars and a leaking roof."
have left it in a fully sustainable condition with the roof fully
refurbished and renewed and a substructure that, according to English
Heritage, is in the best condition of any pier in Britain."
have enjoyed our custodianship but have found it harder work over
the last few years with my father's ill health and so wish the new
owners all the best for the future."
Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the inspiration for
the Pavilion, the first to be constructed in reinforced concrete,
rather than the steel and cast iron used for other Victorian piers.
Parkin took over the then-derelict Pavilion in 1968 and put in many
years of effort on renovating it and maintaining it.
first reported in July 2016 that Burnham-On-Sea's
Pavilion was on sale.
that a new owner has been found the next chapter of the building's
history can begin.