Banjo Pier, Looe, Cornwall

The end of the pier. Figure stands in the circular hub looking out to sea. Vertical structure supports beacon lights. Wavy horizon line three-quarters high on page.

Object type
Place Made
Looe, Cornwall, England

LL H Scales

Verso pencil (in artist’s hand) "Banjo Pier", Looe, Cornwall, 1967. Fishermans Beacon Lights.

General notes

Purchased by original owner from the artist in her Brentwood Avenue flat, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand, 1976, just prior to the artist returning to Europe. Title and date supplied by artist at time of purchase.

“The most notable example of a banjo pier, so called because of its banjo shape, is this, at Looe, Cornwall, which was the first of its type and became a prototype for many others. The pier was built in 1897. It acts as a seawall separating River Looe from East Looe beach to prevent silt blocking the river and allow vessels to enter harbour and quays from the open sea.” – Camp, Mark and Barbara Birchwood Harper, The Book of Looe: Tourism, Trawlers and Trade, Halsgrove, Somerset, UK, 2007


Photos by Sam Hartnett

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