The ruins of West Pier, Brighton lie derelict and abandoned, viewed from the air
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aerial photograph of The West Pier, Brighton East Sussex, England UK . The ruins of West Pier, Brighton now lie derelict and abandoned. The West Pier was opened in 1866 and designed by Eugenius Birch. The Pier closed in 1975 and has been abandoned ever since. There was a major collapse in 2002 followed by two fires which pretty much destroyed the structure leaving only the rusty steelwork in the photo.