The recent impact of high winds from Storm Imogen hitting the south coast on Monday has led to the collapse of part of Brighton's Grade I listed West Pier.
The pier, designed by Eugenius Birch and
originally opened in 1866 as a simple promenade, had by the early
twentieth century been developed extensively with the addition of a
theatre and concert hall. In its heyday in the 1920's it was a thriving
centre of entertainment by the seaside.
Unfortunately after World
War II the pier became less popular and began to fall into disrepair. By
1975 it was deemed unsafe and was closed to the public.
was due to be restored to its former glory via a Lottery grant in 2003,
but was tragically burnt in two arson attacks, reducing the structure to
its metal framework.
Despite all this, the derelict structure of
the landmark pier remained largely intact until February 2014 when a
significant part collapsed, separating the former pavilion into two.
high winds of Storm Imogen this week resulted in another small section
collapsing, and The West Pier Trust have reported that more collapses
The metal framework remains an impressive sight from
the Brighton beach, and is still the most photographed building in the
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