Thursday, 17 September 2015

Poles Apart, Saw Shadow and Salmon Pink

Poles Apart :- Brighton's famous and iconic terraces have been in the news a lot lately. They are in danger of collapsing altogether and are now listed by the Victorian Society as being one of the top 10 endangered buildings / structures in Britain. At the moment there's also a World Heritage bid to help save the crumbling seafront of Brighton and Hove. So here's a little information regarding the terraces that are along Madeira Drive on Brighton's front to the East of the pier. The terraces were designed by Philip Causton Lockwood, the Borough Surveyor of Brighton. They were built between 1890 and 1897 and are now regarded to be the longest continuous iron structure in the world. The terrace is 2,837 feet or 864.71 metres in length from the Aquarium to Duke's Mound with a width of 25 feet or 7.62 metres. The (silver) heads of Neptune and Aphrodite are alternatively placed on each of the latticed iron arches. At the time the total cost of the terraces was £29,000 which was an enormous amount in the late 1800's. The iron work was manufactured by the Phoenix Foundry in Lewes. It's also interesting to note that the Phoenix Foundry name can also be found on most of Brighton’s ironwork including the Palace Pier, railings, bandstand and seafront lamps.

Saw Shadow :- Four thirty in the afternoon and the sun was just in the right position to throw a shadow up the concrete steps that lead from the beach to the undercliff walk. There are several sets of steps like these to the East of Brighton Marina and if the weather is permitting you can walk from Brighton all the way along the undercliff walk through to Saltdean which is (approx) 4.5 miles or 7.24 kilometres away. The walkway cwas built at the foot of the cliffs between 1930 and 1933. Around 500 men shifted 13,000 tons of cement and 150,000 concrete blocks into place during it's construction at a cost of £360,000. The walkway and seawall are not only a pleasant route to take but alos vital in protecting the delicate chalk cliffs from crumbling away and falling into the sea. At the top of the cliffs there's the A259 "Marine Drive" main coast road.

Salmon Pink :- This was once a marvellous pleasure palace full of Victorian wonders and delights. It was designed and built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch (1818 – 1884) who was a naval architect and engineer. Birch designed 14 pier all in all and the most famous was and is undoubtedly the West Pier on Brighton seafront. Unfortunately this is all that now remains of the Grade I listed pier but I still love her dearly. I don't see an old iron frame when I look at her. I see wooden planking, a hall of mirrors, a large theatre, crazy golf and children's rides as that's the pier I remember being on as a child. Catch her at the right time of day and she's still beautiful.

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