Eastbourne Pier: a photographic study (before the fire)


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Looking from the seafront down the pier, showing the arcade/ballroom – before its destruction

 

Following the fire on Wednesday this week at the historic Eastbourne Pier, I thought I’d look back through my archive to see if I had a photographic record of how it looked before the fire which destroyed a third of the pier. It is due to the heroic efforts of the Fire fighters, the RNLI and the police for organising the successful evacuation of the area – no one was injured despite the fact it was a ferocious blaze occurring during a busy daytime. It is a well-photographed pier so I expect I’m not the only one looking at historical images, mine are only from 2012, but there are many images from the past. The pier officially opened in 1870 and the area that was destroyed was a grade II listed building that had formerly been a ballroom, more recently a games arcade.

See the BBC news websites for photographs and information on the fire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-28582422

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-28571431

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-28573659

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The pier also featured in several films and often stood in for Brighton pier. See Wikipedia for more information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastbourne_Pier

The following quote is from Wikipedia:

The pier appears in the Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode “Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan” (although ostensibly, the story is located in Brighton). It was also featured in the 2001 film Last Orders and the 2008 film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.[3] 2010 film Brighton Rock used Eastbourne Pier to stand in for Brighton Pier.[14]

 

The images contained in this post are all taken from 2011 to 2013 and are my copyright. I visited the pier yesterday to see the extent of the damage and was relieved that the majority had been saved. I shall be adding another post in the next few days showing the aftermath of the fire.

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This building on the pier which used to be the ballroom and recently housed a games arcade has now been left as a shell.

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The far end of the pier houses the renovated camera obscura, thankfully this section has been saved.

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The two shops to the left of the image were also destroyed by the fire.

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Looking towards the seafront from the left side of the pier.
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Many will be relieved to hear the Pick and Mix appears to be still standing.

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The chippy is also still there – this building is at the land end of the pier before the arcade.
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I know this looks slightly suspicious – but he didn’t do it!
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