Brighton West Pier, East Sussex (Lost Pier)

Brighton West Pier, East Sussex, April 2011

Brighton Palace Pier and West Pier, East Sussex, April 2013

Spans:English Channel
Design:Eugenius Birch
Construction:Cast iron and wrought iron columns on screw piles, wrought iron bracing
Year opened:1866
Original length:340m
Fire:2003
Storm damage:1896, 1987, 1988, 2002, 2003, 2004
Restoration:1893, 1901, 1916, 1932, 1996

Brighton’s second pier was known as the ‘Pier of the Realm’ but has been closed since 1975, awaiting renovation, although after two fires and several storms little is left. It was Brighton’s second pier and is one of only two Grade I listed piers in the UK, the other being Clevedon Pier. There are currently plans to build the ‘i360’ in front of the West Pier; a 500ft high tower with a viewing platform effectively creating a ‘pier in the sky’.

King's Rd
Brighton
BN1 2FL

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Brighton West Pier
KEY: white circle = pier & black square = venue