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West Pier Mysteries

by Luke 3 March

I’ve been reading a lot about the evolution and sad decline of The West Pier but there are a couple of things I can’t find any information on.

Firstly, what was the rotunda style building at the southern, seaward facing end of the pier used for? There aren’t many close-up photos of it and I wouldn’t have thought it was for refreshment, at least not in the later years, as the pavilion had a cafe and the top floor of the converted theatre became a restaurant.

Secondly i know out of the 4 octagonal kiosks around the theatre at least 1 was removed from the pier and saved whilst some collapsed into the sea. Does anyone know how many survived, how many didn’t and the approximate time-line?

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