© Mr Glyn Edmunds EFIAP,AMPA,ARPS
THE WEST PIER, KING'S ROAD (south side)
BRIGHTON, BRIGHTON AND HOVE, EAST SUSSEX
Mr Glyn Edmunds EFIAP,AMPA,ARPS
07 July 2007
09 October 1969
Date of last amendment:
09 October 1969
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TQ3003NW KING'S ROAD
577-1/44/369 (South side)
09/10/69 The West Pier
Pier. 1865-6. By Eusebius Birch. Cast and wrought-iron, wood,
glass and lead.
EXTERIOR: the structure of the pier consists of cast-iron
columns carrying beams and girders with diagonal bracing and
lighter struts. The pier was particularly badly damaged by the
hurricane of October 1987; and the causeway leading from
King's Road to the former concert hall was demolished in 1991,
along with the kiosk at the north end of the concert hall. The
principal surviving structures are the former concert hall,
the former theatre, and the kiosks at the north end of the
The concert hall is oval in plan and consists of a continuous
arcade of elliptically-arched tripartite windows between
pilasters, with decorative voussoirs; parapet with cartouches
and swags and urns on pilasters; coved roof, the central part
having dormers on either side and continuous toplight with
pedimented ends from which a decorative balustrade of scrolled
profiles runs down to the parapet.
On the final stage of the platform, there are octagonal kiosks
flanking the north end of the former theatre, of cast- and
wrought-iron with roofs of lead; cast-iron columns on bases
with a round-arched aracade between, the details of the
opening originally loosely resembling those of a Palladian
window; brackets to deep eaves; shallow coved roof with
lantern. There is a smaller, ogee-roofed kiosk to the west of
the theatre. The theatre itself is of 3 storeys with a
verandah to ground floor on the west and a roof coved in 2
stages; small towers to either side of north end with ogee
roofs, and a 3-storey porch wing between them.
INTERIOR: not inspected.