My first contribution in this months theme is the West Pier in Brighton which was designed by Eugenius Birch, opening in 1866 and closing in 1975. The pier was the first to be Grade I listed in Britain but has become increasingly derelict since closure.
The pier was constructed during a boom in pleasure pier building in the 1860s, and was designed to attract tourists to Brighton. It was the town's second pier, joining the Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823. It was extended in 1893, and a concert hall was added in 1916. The pier reached its peak attendance during this time, with 2 million visitors between 1918 and 1919. Its popularity began to decline after World War II, and concerts were replaced by a funfair and tearoom. A local company took ownership in 1965, but could not meet the increased maintenance cost, and ultimately filed for bankruptcy. They could not find a suitable buyer, so the pier closed in 1975 and subsequently fell into disrepair.
The West Pier Trust now owns the pier and has proposed various plans to renovate it. Some schemes have been opposed by local residents and the owners of the nearby Palace Pier, who have claimed unfair competition. The pier gradually collapsed during the early 21st century. Major sections collapsed in late 2002, and two fires in March and May 2003 left little of the original structure. Subsequently, English Heritage declared it to be beyond repair.
A lot of piers along the coast if I remember well, during my 2 trips in weymouth dorset (between 73 & 75).
Hopefully dates are filled , else I would not have guessed it was in summer time even if we can see some swimmers.
Nice tom entry and very interesting note.
Although there is nearly nothing left of the once so beautiful Pier, yet we can still sense the aura of an old "Diva". I really like the composition with the four piles dividing the image smartly. Love the grey-green skies and sea adding a stormy look fitting the scene of "skeleton coast" perfectly.
I think I remember reading about the fires. (I wonder if Palace Pier had anything to do with the fires.) It is a shame to let it disappear, but what can one do? In its current state it makes for an attractive photo.
This is an interesting and not everyday contribution to our theme of November - and a good combination of photo and note. It's a real pity that a structure like this isn't preserved as an architectural or historic monument.
Greetings from autumnal Westphalia!
A different and interesting contribution to the theme. It is a pity that this pier is only a skeleton now. I am not sure if I saw the peer, when I visited Brighton in 1962, when it still was somehow in shape. It is anyway still such an important landmark that Google Maps show it with a blue icon and name. ( Its coordinates are 50.819175,-0.151915 .)
A nice composition and attractive colour shades.
You have managed to make grunge attractive with the layers of soft complementary colors with the golden sand and the pale blue sky coming together in the acqua of the ocean. The metal structure offshore creates a sense of mystery while the well composed note solves the mystery for us. It's a choice for me! GLV, Pat