Pier Road Past and Present

Pier Road, Littlehampton.

What a terrific picture we managed to source on ebay.

Not sure when it was taken, but we believe circa early 1900s. If anyone knows differently, please let us know.

Pier Road, Littlehampton

Pier Road, Littlehampton

You can see our Dutch Bike Shop down at the far right hand side.We believe at this time our shop was a boathouse for fisherman’s boats to repair and service boats and  fishing nets.

In the background of this part of the picture, you can see our shop, The Dutch Bike Shop, which we believe at the time was used as a boathouse.

What’s notable in this picture is that most of the buildings in Pier Road are actually fisherman’s cottages. Note also that most of the buildings are single story. Later, we believe after the second World War the buildings were purchased by a builder who turned them into restaurants ground floor with accommodation above. Above you can see the single story fishermen cottages. The tall two story building in the left is home to Mussel Row, Restaurant today.

Above is the Wharf area in Pier Road. You can just about make out the steam ship moored alongside the wharf. A number of these operated from Littlehampton during this period.

The Wharf as it is today following Arun District Council’s regeneration programme in early 2000.

Another notable feature in the picture is the sloping beach area leading down to the river where the boats are moored. There’s no road at all, but everything pretty much on the same plane/surface.

Pier Road Littlehampton

Below the same area as it is today.

Above picture is how Pier Road is now.

Modern Pier Road as it is now.

Pier Road as it was then pretty  much prior to the arrival of widespread use of motor cars.

Above, Pier road, the future proposed vision created by Arun District Council.

Ironic in many ways that many of Arun District’s Councillors are so keen to pedestrianise Pier Road. Yet this is the same Council who insisted on doing away with the fisherman’s wharf and replacing the same with a road, which they now want to get rid of in favour of making it a walkway again.

Are we going backwards or forwards?

Please share your thoughts