Brighton, Royal Chain Pier
In October 1822 work began on the new chain pier in Brighton under the supervision of its designer, Captain Brown, RN, at a cost of £30,000. It was opened to the public in November the following year. The length of the pier totalled 1,134 feet and the promenade was 13 feet wide. It had four iron towers supporting the chains which were firmly fixed to the massive timber framework of the pier-head. This was raised on piles and accommodated shops and a large staircase that descended to a lower platform and then to the sea, together with baths in the gallery beneath. The pier was used as a landing stage for boats and ships and because of its close proximity to the Continent, it became used as the first stop off on a travellers journey to London. During its lifetime the pier suffered greatly from the effects of bad weather and on the night of 4th December 1896 it was destroyed by a terrific gale.
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