Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Worthing Pier, Slopes and Stand Above

Worthing Pier :- When the weather is reasonable you can see Wothing Pier from Brighton (approx 11 miles away) , it stands out very clearly if you know where you're looking. It's a pier that many take for granted and a few hardly give it a second glance but I think it's beautiful. It was designed by Sir Robert Rawlinson and opened to the public on 12th April 1862. It looked very different then as it was simply a long (960 ft / 290 m) plain wooden promenade deck with very little else. It was widened in 1888 doubling its width from 15 ft / 4.6m to 30 ft / 9.2m and at the same time the head was enlarged and the pavilion was built. In the early 1900's the pier not only suffered storm damage but also was ravaged by fire (a fate that's befallen many a pier and sadly still does to this day)so in 1935 she was remodelled completely. She was rebuilt in the "Streamline Moderne" style (also known as "Art Moderne" which was a late version Art Deco) and that's the pier that you now see in this image. You can clearly see the wonderful large 1930's clock saying that it's 4:30 pm. Worthing Pier is a Grade II listed building.

Slopes :- Halfway up or halfway down? Either way I was somehwere in the middle for this shot. It's looking east along the line of the cliffs towards Rottingdean (if you look really carefully you can just make out the village's famous windmill in the distance). Below lies the sprawling 1970's built Brighton Marina. You can't see any boats in this image because this section of the marina was filled in a long time ago and now plays host to a large supermarket and its ugly carpark. The city center of Brighton is (approx) a mile or so to the west from here.

Stand Above :- A different viewpoint on some of Brighton's historical seafront. This is an image of the 1884 built bandstand (known as "The Birdcage") which is situated on the western end of Brighton's promenade just before the border of Hove. During the 1970's this ornate and beautiful structure was rundown and all but finished. It was another of Brighton's glorious lsted buildings that had been left to rot. But then a few years ago and completely out of the blue she was was suddenly restored to her original specification and was reopened in 2009. Below the bandstand at beach level you will find the Bandstand Café which has also been fully restored and is part of the Regency structure that is the bandstand.

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