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Brighton in winter: street scenes, pier, architecture, graffiti and hardy paddlers

I was out and about in Brighton over the weekend, heading to the south coast to watch the mighty Dulwich Hamlet beat nearby Peaceheaven FC in a non-league football game.

The weather was fantastic, and inbetween checking out the sad remains of the West Pier, I took a load of photos while wandering around the city.

I love the view from the railway station where you can see the English Channel glistening in the distance.

Brighton Masonic Centre.

The route to the seafront takes you past the Grade II listed  Jubilee Clock Tower which was built in 1888 in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Sandpiper Guest House doorway detail.

Hardy winter paddlers. The sun was out but it was freezing!

Grand Hotel.

Promenade detail.

Busker on the seafront.

Looking out to sea.

Close up of boat planks.

West Pier in the distance.

Palace Pier.

Brighton Palace Pier illuminated by the low winter sun.

Christmas tree by the pier entrance.

A Dulwich Hamlet fan peers through the ‘Afloat’ doughnut-shaped sculpture located on the groyne near to the Palace Pier.

Made from bronze and 250cm in diameter, the artwork was created in 1998 by Hamish Black. The council describes it thus:

The donut or torus (a shape that has a continuous surface with a hole in it) has been posed as a possible model by scientists of how our universe may look. The sculpture was generated by taking a world globe and pressing the south and north poles together to form a torus. Now placed on its side the lines of longitude radiate from the central hole, linking the sea and sky. Across its surface are the shrunken shapes of the major continents, adrift like dark shadows.

Along the seafront.

Bent desire.

Lamp post detail.

There’s some wonderful architecture along the seafront promenade.

Black Rock Station, the eastern terminus of the Volks Electric Railway.

In 1894, Volk came up with the positively unhinged idea of running a railway through the sea.

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t go well – read the full story here: Volk’s Brighton to Rottingdean Seashore Electric railway.

Mystery House.

By Brighton Marina there was a bungee jump in progress.

Brighton Marina.

A sticker of a badger that I took a shine to.

Seafront architecture.

A walk through Brighton Pavilion at night.

In the evening I visited the Great Eastern at 103 Trafalgar Ct, Brighton. It’s a great pub.

To wrap up this photo feature, here’s a collection of signs and street art I came across:

Heading up to the station.

Sunday morning stalls outside the station. The bread was delicious, but the coffee a little disappointing.

See more photos and features about Brighton here.