Thursday, 26 June 2014

Twilight Coalition, Harsh Reality and A Seat in the Sun

"Twilight Coalition" :- A late evening (21:45 pm) shot of part of the Coalition Club and old Victorian steps by the Kings Road Arches on Brighton's lower promenade. The arches themselves were built during Queen Victoria's reign so I can only assume that the various sets of steps joining the lower & upper promenade were built around the same period. I do know that Madeira Drive was laid out in 1872 and that its famous "signature cast-iron terrace" (and lift) was added in the 1890s and that somewhere between those dates the Kings Road was widened in the 1880s. In fact many of the structures that you see on and along Brighton's promenade and seafront date from the late 19th century and most are Grade II-listed.

"Harsh Reality" :- Looking at the sad remains of Brighton's West Pier it's hard to get your head around the fact that it was once regarded as being "one of the most important piers ever built". It was designed by Eugenius Birch (1818 – 1884) who was a 19th-century English naval architect and engineer who eventually became a noted builder of piers. Its construction began in 1863 and it finally opened its doors to the public 1866 and continued to provide pleasure for 109 years unil it closed its doors in 1975. Storm damage took its toll and it also caught fire twice but still retains is Grade I listed status. Eugenius Birch was also responsible for Brighton's Aquarium (now the Sea Life Centre) built in 1872 and still the oldest working aquarium in the world.

"A Seat in the Sun" :- Situated on the wide and expansive Western Esplanade on Hove's seafront you will find several of these shelters. They differ greatly in design, look and style from those on Brighton's promenade and are instantly recognisable as being part of Hove with the towns symbol of a ship in relief on either end. These shelters are Grade II listed, cast-iron and date from the mid 1800's.

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