This small photograph is one of the most interesting in my entire collection and amply repays careful study under a magnifying glass.
Taken from the West Pier in 1866 it shows the rebuilding of the Norfolk Hotel. Note the scaffolding. Observe also the low gravel bank which then led from the open beach to the unfenced promenade.
Further west can be seen the little toll-house for the collection of coal dues, in use until 1888.
Beyond Adelaide Crescent is a glimpse of the fields which then separated this area from Cliftonville, and on which the Avenues were later built.
I believe this to be the only photograph in existence which shows this open space.

Image Reference: JG_01_002.tif
Date: 1866
Image Details: Original monochrome print
Size of Original: 98x64
Place: Brighton/Hove
Additional Information: No comment

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