Then and now photos

19th century view
In this early view of the Grand Hotel site, you can still see the West Battery that stood on Brighton’s seafront. These guns were never used for fighting. They were occasionally fired to salute royalty, making nearby windows shatter.  The crescent of houses behind the Battery was called Artillery Place. The Battery was removed in 1858, the houses were sold, and the Grand Hotel was built in 1864.

20th century view
The layout of this photo is strikingly similar to the entrance to the Grand Hotel today.  There are changes, of course. In the background, the West Pier is still standing. The ornate lamp posts have been replaced. But it is already difficult to find a place to park on Brighton seafront!

21st century view
This shot shows the entrance to the Grand Hotel on Brighton seafront. This hotel was bombed by the IRA in an attempt to assassinate Margaret Thatcher.

19th century view
Image reproduced with permission from Brighton History Centre
20th century view
From the private collection of Bert Clayton
21st century view
Photograph by Tricia Leonard

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