Arnside Pier was built in 1860 by the Ulverston & Lancaster Railway Company as partial compensation for the effect of the Railway's Kent Viaduct, which had isolated the port of Milnthorpe from the sea in 1857. A plaque by the entrance notes that this followed an Act of Parliament, which suggests the Railway was obliged to make reparations, rather than doing so voluntarily.
In 1934, a storm destroyed the end of the pier, which was replaced by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company. Another storm in 1983 destroyed the whole pier, but it was rebuilt immediately and reopened a little over a year later. It's currently owned by the Parish Council, which bought it from the LMS Railway for £100 in 1964.
Arnside enjoys moderate popularity as a seaside resort. I've frequently been slightly puzzled by that.
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