New Publication

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A nostalgic look at the history of Sussex’s seaside pleasure piers

Published: 12th June 2009, at £12.99, paperback original

  • Marvel at Professor Powsey’s bicycle dive from from the West Pier, Brighton
  • Admire the view from the Brighton & Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway
  • Experience the thrills and spills of the Joy Wheel on Hastings Pier
  • Gasp at Captain Kettle’s 70ft ‘English Header’ dive off Eastbourne Pier

Entertaining, informative and comprehensively illustrated, pier expert Martin Easdown’s latest book explores the history of Sussex’s fabulous pleasure piers.

From the construction of the famous Chain Pier at Brighton in 1823, there followed a rich succession of pier building along the Sussex coast from Hastings, St Leonards and Eastbourne to Selsey, Littlehampton, Bognor and Worthing.

These piers were places of entertainment for the British holidaymaker and included such delights as indoor skating rinks, concerts, theatres, funfairs and performing divers.

Although Brighton West Pier has suffered recent extensive damage, only Brighton Chain Pier and St Leonards have been completely lost. The Victorian seaside pleasure pier will provide enjoyment and entertainment on the Sussex coast for many years to come.

Martin Easdown is archivist for the National Piers Society. A leading authority on the history of the seaside pleasure pier, he is an avid collector of pier memorabilia and is the author of twenty books, including Piers of Kent and Southend Pier. Martin lives in Hythe, Kent.

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