Brighton West Pier sunset – photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

I think it’s fair to say that I’m a bit obsessed with the melancholy dereliction of Brighton’s West Pier, a beautiful Victorian pleasure pier which is slowly rusting into the sea.

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Designed by the celebrated pier architect Eugenius Birch and opening in 1866, the pier was a marvel of its time and such was its architectural importance that it became the first pier to be Grade I listed.

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Declared unsafe in 1975, the pier was closed to the public but after the granting of a £14.2m Lottery award in 1998, there was real hope that this beautiful old pier would return to life

Despite the south east corner of the Concert Hall falling into the sea after a huge storm in December 2002, restoration and reopening still looked on the cards until two arson attacks in 2003 destroyed the majority of the remaining structure.

See more:  Remembering the Brighton West Pier in photos.

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Waiting for the sunset, September 2015.

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Snapping the sunset on Brighton beach.

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Crowds watching the sunset.

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Enjoying a beer as the sun goes down, Brighton beach.

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Crowds gather for the sunset.

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

The sun sinks below the horizon.

Brighton West Pier sunset - photos of the autumnal sun setting over the doomed Victorian pier, Sussex, England

More about the pier: 
Brighton’s derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms – in photos [2015]
Brighton’s West Pier in 2014 – Victorian elegance rusts into the sea
Remembering the Brighton West Pier in photos, part one
Remembering the Brighton West Pier in photos, part two
The Brighton i360 tower: ‘successor’ to the West Pier
The tragedy of West Pier, Brighton beach, Brighton [2011]
The Brighton Wheel, a Steve Coogan-powered, third-hand alternative to the West Pier [2013]