National Geographic 2 months ago
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Brighton West Pier, East Sussex, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #Pierdom For almost a century and a half the West Pier has been Britain’s most iconic pier. Renowned for its wonderful architectural style, it has been visited and enjoyed by millions. Today its sculptural remains casting an eerie beauty over the seafront. The British pleasure pier follows the story of Britain’s relationship to the seaside, from the early links with the Romantics, to the engineering feats and technical advancement of the Industrial Revolution. They bear witness to the growth of the coast as a pleasure destination for a monied elite, as well as the working class’ enthusiasm for the seaside brought on by the development of the railways and the bank holiday ruling. Britain’s piers trace our changing economic fortunes too, from post-war boom to economic downturn, and now a slow re-awakening of our appreciation of these cultural and historic landmarks. See more from the series at www.simoncroberts.com #simonroberts #pleasurepier #brightonwestpier

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