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Work began on the Palace Pier in 1891 and it opened in May 1899 after costing a record £137,000 to build. This was Brighton’s third pier. A condition to be met by its builders, in exchange for permission to build, was that the first, The Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, was to be demolished. They were saved this task by a storm which largely destroyed the Chain Pier.

A concert hall opened two years later, and by 1911 this had become a theatre.

In 1986 the theatre was removed, under an understanding that it would be replaced. This has not happened, and the present seaward end building looks fairly modern in comparison with the rest of the structure, supporting a domed amusement arcade and several fairground rides, including several thrill rides, children’s rides, roller coasters and a log flume.

The pier had signs reading “Brighton Pier” attached to it in 2000, although this change is not recognised by the National Piers Society or many of the residents of Brighton and Hove. Local newspaper The Argus still generally refers to the structure as the Palace Pier.

The Palace Pier suffered a large fire on the 4th of February 2003 but the damage was limited and most of the pier was able to reopen the next day. This was a fraught period for Brighton’s piers, with much damage occurring to the West Pier (of 1866) shortly before and after this event.

A Twin shot Panorama in CS3

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  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 4 years ago

    beautiful place, nice capture

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Great capture Colin, super panorama …

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  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Stunning work Colin!!

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  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Interesting bit of history and a great shot :o)

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  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Outstanding work, Colin!

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  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Fantastic !

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  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrover 4 years ago

    Nice work mate.

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    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    another lovely capture Colin.x

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    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

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  • Caroline Anderson
    Caroline Andersonover 4 years ago

    Oh, lovely picture. I love this pier!

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