The West Pier
Brighton's West Pier was first opened to the public 145 years ago today. Designed by Eugenius Birch, the pier took three years to build at a cost of £27,000. It was opened on 6 October 1866 by Mayor Henry Martin and proved a great success.
The pier closed to the public in 1975 and has since been damaged by storms and fire. Yet it remains one of Brighton's most iconic structures.
To mark this anniversary we have added more paintings and photographs of the West Pier to our Image Store.