Long since destroyed by fire this was a well regarded landmark in it’s time
One for us baby-boomers who remember it as more than the current steel beam remains, this is an oldie but goodie resurrected from my own 35mm slide scan collection
Brighton, East Sussex, UK

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The West Pier was opened in 1866 with a length of 1115 feet, and built with cast iron threaded columns screwed into the seabed. The pier did not have much of a superstructure until 1893 when a pier head was extended and a pavilion added. A concert hall was added in 1916 and a new top-deck entrance in 1932. In 1965 the pier was bought by a company that owned some seafront hotels and entertainment venues. They had ambitions for the pier but as maintenance costs increased the pier was closed in 1975 when Brighton Corporation declined to buy it and the pier passed into the hands of the Crown Estates Commissioners. A trust was formed to save the pier and in 1984 they bought it for a nominal sum.
The West Pier had been cut off from the shore (partly deliberately, for safety reasons) since 1975, but the West Pier trust offered regular tours of it until the structure suffered a serious partial collapse during a storm on December 29, 2002, when a walkway connecting the concert hall and pavilion fell into the sea. On January 20, 2003 a further collapse saw the destruction of the concert hall in the middle of the pier. On 28 March, 2003 the pavilion at the end of the pier caught fire. Firefighters were unable to save the building from destruction because the collapsed walkway prevented them from reaching it. The cause of the fire remains unknown. On May 11, 2003, another fire broke out, consuming most of what was left of the concert hall. The Fire re-ignited on May 12. Arson was suspected: the West Pier Trust refers to the fires as the work of “professional arsonists”. On June 23, 2004 high winds caused the middle of the pier to collapse completely.

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Photography has been an obsession since I was 13 years old and went off to Italy clutching my mother’s 1940s roll film camera. I’ve been fooling with computers since I bought an Amiga 1000 back in 1985. My first chunky pixelized images were digitized into that machine using a black and white CCTV camera. At last, with today’s software and hardware I feel that I can create the images I see in my mind’s eye. Visit my website at www.PixielatedPixels.com

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  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    This so reminded me of the book THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by Mitch Albom. Something ethereal about it. Cool treatment.

  • Thanks so much for the compliment, I’ll have to check out the book as I am unaware of it.

    – Chris Lord

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature on 30.07.10.

  • I just got back from three weeks back in Brighton so to discover this has been featured is just perfect. Thank you so very much. I am very glad that the old pier still has something to offer!

    – Chris Lord

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

    October 9th 2010 – “MARATHON-FEATURES”

  • My stars must be in all the right places today! First a RB homepage feature last night and today all these marathon features. Kira, they are polishing your halo in heaven as we speak, Thank you so much. (just make ’em wait an awful long time to give it to you!)

    – Chris Lord

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    Kathy Baccariabout 4 years ago

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    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • ElsieBell
    ElsieBellabout 4 years ago


  • Oh happy Saturday! This is exciting, thank you so much for this hugely appreciated honor.

    – Chris Lord

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10about 4 years ago

    Takes me back a bit Chris. This is my hometown although I haven’t lived there for many years. Alas this is no more, good job there is a photographic record of such structures :-)

  • Wow, a fellow Brightonian! I left in 1970, went to Zurich for a year and met a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn and moved to the states. Relationship only lasted four yearsa but I’m still here. These days I try to get back to visit family in Brighton about once a year but there was a time when I didn’t get back for about eight years. There is lots of pics of Brighton and the area on my main web site at Pixielated Pixels. Check out the slide show on the right. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • I am glad you liked this old picture, one of the advantages of having had a camera in my hand for the last 50 years is you never know what may pop up out of the archives!

    – Chris Lord

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 3 years ago

    That is so beautiful…so sad that it was burned!!!

  • It was a sad day indeed, pleased you enjoyed my wee bit of nostalgia! Thanks very much indeed, cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous image if this great pier, Love the treatment!

  • You’re very kind, thanks so much for that, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowree10 months ago

    I have visited (and faved) this image before, but never left a comment :)
    sad story… this much loved by the locals structure was allowed to get neglected and decay… so little left of it since the fire. who knows for how long…
    great capture, Chris! glad you digitised the film :)

  • One of the perks of having been around so long is a ton of old slides. I really must dig into them all one of these days but it’s good that a few have popped up into the present! Glad you enjoyed this one Irina, thank you.

    – Chris Lord

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