West Pier Brighton.

mariarty

Bolton, United Kingdom

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The West Pier is a pier in Brighton England. It was built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch and has been closed and deteriorating since 1975. It was Brighton’s second Pier, joining The Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823, and is one of only two Grade 1 listed piers in the UK, the other being Clevedon Pier.

The West Pier had been cut off from the shore since 1975, but the West Pier trust offered regular tours of it until the structure suffered a serious partial collapse during a storm in December, 2002, when a walkway connecting the concert hall and pavillion fell into the sea. In January 2003 a further collapse saw the destruction of the concert hall in the middle of the pier. In March 2003 the pavillion 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. In May 2003 another fire broke out, consuming most of what was left of the concert hall. Arson was suspected: the West Pier trust refers to the fires as the work of “professional arsonists”. In June 2004 high winds caused the middle of the pier to collapse completely.

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