Aberystwyth Pier was designed by noted pier designer Eugenius Birch and cost around £13,600 to build, paid for by the Aberystwyth Pier Promenade Consortium, made up of local business people.
In partnership with construction firm J. E. Dowson the pier was opened in June of 1865, measuring 800 feet in length (242 metres) to a crowd of around 7000 people.
On the day of opening, all visitors to the pier paid an entry fee in order to help recoup a proportion of the initial building costs.
A mere seven months after the opening of the pier, a storm hit Aberystwyth in January of 1866 and a 300ft section of the pier was washed away, leading to the sale of the pier soon after. Six years on, in 1872 the new owners of Aberystwyth pier had replaced the missing section of the pier with a new section measuring a total of 230 feet. The new section was also more slimline than the original section which was damaged in the storm. The new section of the pier also included a gallery and refreshments room, which is clearly visible in the older photos of the pier.
Today is an unusual one as I am going to church. The vicar at St Andrews where we have the book sale is having a "songs of praise" style service and has asked various people for their favourite hymn and why. He asked me and I agreed and said I would go to the service as long as Heathens were welcome and wouldn't be struk down by a bolt of lightning. He assured me I would be OK.