These are two beautiful snapshots of the pier head. These capture something of the grandeur of the West Pier in its heyday.
Lots of detail upon close examination: the original 1866 Birch kiosks and curved seaward-facing wind shield; the 1893 pavilion, converted to a theatre only within a year of this photo being taken; the mast; and the bathing station. The tide is high. It can be seen how close to sea level the extensive landing stage stood. There people crowd, looking into the ‘lagoon’. I wouldn’t mind guessing Professor Reddish is doing some cycle dives.
Also of interest, only just visible in the second photograph, is the board over the S.E. kiosk bearing the name “Allsopp’s” … possibly for the West Street brewers of that name? Concerning the first photo again, I like the distant view of the Metropole, complete with its original spire. Lastly, I cannot but wonder if a porpoise has caused the strange, darkened area of water?