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Seafront chalets, 1967.
Photo by Peter Allison

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  • Is the water in front of the photo the boating pool? I recall somehow falling in, as a little girl, while on a Sunday walk with my family! Oops! There was trouble aplenty as I was wearing my Sunday clothes! Don’t think today’s children know what they are anymore!

    By Patricia Overs (04/10/2004)
  • No, the water was the childrens paddling pool (now filled in), on the east side of the West Pier

    By John Desborough (04/06/2008)
  • It’s definitely the boating pool. You can see Mitre House in the background, also I recognise the slab of concrete that the boats went round. I also, one winter, fell in this boating lake. I was pushing the ice around with a stick and it slipped and I fell in. I had to run all the way home to my house in Waterloo Street.

    By Dennis Fielder (18/06/2008)
  • Just think what fun the kids could have today on the lake. What else is there?

    By Wayne Wareham (29/07/2008)
  • I agree with Wayne, it is the boating pool. I remember as a child in the 1970s enjoying playing on the remote-controlled boats. Think it would have been about 50p a go; anyone else remember those?

    By Kevin Latch (20/05/2009)
  • It is indeed the boating lake. The chalet with its door open on the right was the mess room of the Council’s Parks Department, the one next door to the left being the tool shed. There was plenty of flower beds and putting greens to maintain in those days.

    By Keith Harris (21/04/2010)
  • It is the boating lake, I have a photo of my mum in a paddle boat on it in around 1926/7.

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    By John Cording (18/03/2011)
  • Walking along the seafront to the Palace Pier I cannot believe what has been done to the lower Promenade. All the lovely little enclosures have been done away with and there is nothing but concrete and the chalets look so sad and neglected. The people on the council who took the decision to do away with the paddling pool, boating pool and the garden enclosures should be ashamed of themselves.

    By jillian (06/06/2011)
  • I could not agree with you more. So very sad. All of Brighton has gone down the pan big time. Lived here all my life and seen so many changes – not good ones. Such a shame.

    By julie annets (06/06/2011)
  • I agree with the comment about filling in the pool and apparently closing the chalets. My parents rented one of them from the council from 1953, I think, to well into the ’60s. I believe it was one of those shown in the picture.

    By Michael Williams (07/06/2011)
  • These chalets were on the Hove side of West Pier: my mum’s own place, No. 82, was on the eastern side of the pier and the chalets on that side were smaller, narrower and less fancy. The Hove side of the pier was certainly the posher side and no paddling was allowed in the lake by the “parkies” (beach inspectors).

    By Adrian Baron (17/01/2014)
  • I agree that this is the old boating lake, adjacent to the West Pier on its west side. In the background on the left is Astra House (Mitre House is further away in Western Road, Dennis), and to the right as you look is now the Melrose Restaurant (the old pink building) and then the Regency Restaurant on the end.

    By Alan Hobden (05/04/2018)

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