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West Pier Picture Post 8

 The West Pier under construction, circa 1865.
 
This rare photograph is one of the earliest showing a pier being built. The entrance toll houses appear fully erected - there was a great fuss that they would block the view of ‘the bay’ from Regency Square. There are also indications, perhaps, of work beginning on the two landward kiosks. 
 
There are many other early photographs of the West Pier, and Brighton and Hove’s seafront, in the James Gray Collection, the photographic archive of the Regency Society:
https://www.regencysociety-jamesgray.com
For the West Pier see, in particular, Volume 2:
http://regencysociety-jamesgray.com/volume2/
Volume 5 of the collection also includes a photograph taken on the Chain Pier in 1852:



http://regencysociety-jamesgray.com/volume5/source/jg_05_001.html
This image is one of the earliest, perhaps the earliest, surviving pier photograph.
 
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