One from around 4 decades ago:

….and here it is a few years ago:

Werst Pier backlit

Linked to One Word Sunday at Debbie’s here


  1. I think it is a great shame that pier was never rebuilt. We lost a big part of Brighton’s heritage in that fire.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I like your photos for piers. Both are fantastic 😀

  3. Considering just how popular piers once were…and that seaside resorts are still a magnet for many… I am surprised that piers are not maintained or even rebuilt. I still love a walk along a pier (walking on water 😀).

  4. I was in Brighton 45 years ago and that pier was one of my favourites in the whole wide world. I never knew it burnt down – so much magic and heritage lost. Although last year a high wind storm combined with a King Tide took out three historical piers in Vancouver – nothing as fancy as Brighton’s but they too are not being replaced. So sad…

  5. Amy

    Great take on, Sue. The last image is amazing!

  6. Oh, my. I thought it might be Brighton but what a shame!

  7. I find it interesting how many piers there are/were in the south-east. I had no idea. None in Cornwall that I would consider a proper pier. Just quays and jetties.

  8. Excellent pier post Sue. I never saw the west pier standing so you’ve filled a gap for me.

  9. Love piers and these are beautiful photos of them, I agree with the others, what a shame that they are lost

  10. This seems such a very English scene. I’ve never been on built up pier like that. So I can’t really say much about it. The old version seems very impressive but as far as photos go, I definitely prefer the newer version.

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