Saturday, 25 February 2017

Eastbourne (Part 2)

It must be time to visit the pier. I just love these structures, which are on one level totally ludicrous, but on all other levels are completely wonderful.

The land end of the pier has an entrance structure with that unfortunately all too common feature - a clock with no hands.

Luckily the main pier structure retains a fully-functioning clock.

According to the excellent book "Pierdom" by Simon Roberts, the pier was opened in 1870, although not completed until two years later. It is 305m  long.

The photograph in Pierdom shows a rather monochrome structure. However, since then the pier has been bought by Mr Gulzar, a local businessman. Much to the dismay of some residents, this resulted in the domes being painted gold and a new blue colour scheme for much of the other ironwork. Personally I think this is how a pier should look - a delicate balance between sophistication and that particular brand of seaside tackiness. and most importantly of all Mr Gulzar is investing money in maintaining the pier.

Looking back from the end of the pier, you can spot this next building.

With feet back on dry ground, we discover that this is the Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre on Seaside.

My assumption was that this was a church that had converted into a new use. How wrong could I be? The hall's website ( reveals that this building was opened on 9 June 1864 "to promote the social, moral and spiritual welfare of the working classes of Eastbourne" i.e was built as a community facility.

The clock tower was restored in 2000.

This next little beauty is All Souls church on Susans Road.

Described on Wikipedia as "a polychromatic Byzantine building with a prominent campanile", this Grade II* listed building was designed by Alfred Strong and completed in 1882.

Not so stylish is this more modern building in Langney Road.

Back to the churches. This is Holy Trinity, another Grade II* listed building.

Holy Trinity was completed in 1839, with later additions in 1855 - 1861.

More modern buildings. This is the tourist information office on Cornfield Road.

We are heading back towards the station now. And indeed back on Terminus Road. the pedestrian sections has this rather unusual clock.

A clock with invisible hands.

A quick trip into the Arndale Centre (1981) yields a rather modest clock.

Back out into Terminus Road for some fresh air and a more substantial clock.

This clock now resides above Buffet Time, but the original legend reads "Bruford's Jewellers".

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