Brighton beach

Glass plate negative of people paddling in the sea off Brighton beach, 1937.

The Palace Pier which features in the background of this image was designed by Richard Saint George Moore for the Brighton Marine and Palace Pier Company. It cost £27,000 to build and opened on 20 May 1899 — although it would not be completed until 1901.

A music hall was added to the pier in 1911 which played host to fledgeling stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy fame).

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