Brighton bathers c1930s
This photograph was sent to us by one of our regular contributors who asked for help in identifying its location. It depicts a group of bathers, and was purportedly taken in Brighton sometime in the 1930s. Our researchers examined the image and decided it was probably reversed. The reason for their conclusion was that the writing on a sign apparently in the shot was aligned on the wrong side. You will see that we have provided both the original and reversed image for comparison.
Where is the railway track?
Initially, our researchers considered the photograph may have been taken near to the Banjo Groyne, more correctly called Paston Place Groyne, at the foot of Duke’s Mound. The lamp standards are certainly consistent with those that were fitted in that area. However, if this were the Banjo Groyne, it would have been very difficult to avoid capturing the railway and the car sheds at Paston Place Station in the scene.
Increased shingle levels
The level of the shingle has increased dramatically over the years, such that the Volks railway tracks, which were originally built upon pylons, now sit directly upon the shingle. This makes it impossible to try to replicate the view with a modern photograph which might have aided identification.
Can you help?
We would like to know if any of our visitors can suggest where this picture might have been taken from. If you think you know the location, please give as many details as possible in a comment below.
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