19th century view
This is how the site looked before the colonnade was built. These buildings formed part of the entrance to the Chain Pier, Brighton’s oldest pier. The sea-wall itself was completed in 1838. It cost about £100,000 and prisoners were used as labourers.
20th century view
The colonnade is little changed in this photo. The streetlamps on top of the colonnade were added in the 1930s and are still there today. This is the place where vehicles arrive at the end of the London-Brighton car race.
21st century view
The sun terrace on top of a colonnade of shops was built in the late 1920s. The steps down to the sea exist in all three photos. The round-fronted building on the upper road is also a survivor.