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Take Away :- Dark,foreboding and mysterious. An image that evokes the look and feel of films like "The Third Man" and "Brighton Rock". The shot was taken by the Aquarium Terrace steps (on the left) and Colonnade on Brighton's Madeira Drive. Everything was shuttered up for the night with just a few pools of light to navigate your way around. This was once a very attractive area which was built in the 1920's . It's now rather run down, dirty and drab. It needs cleaning up and looking after ... much like most of Madeira Drive.

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Night Terrace :- Directly after taking this shot I had to make a run for it and take refuge in a local pub due to the torrential rain had started to fall. The shot was taken on a section of the old Aquarium Terraces that form part of Madeira Drive on Brighton's seafront. Due to the time of year it had been dark for a while but it had only just turned 6 pm. Having said that these terraces are still rather foreboding and ominous after dark as there is very little lighting on them. Originally built in the mid 1870's the terrace was extended dramatically in the late 1920's. If you look into the darkness of this shot you can just make out some of the original 1920's tall lamps placed at intervals along the wall on the right hand side.   
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Boarded :- It's not exactly what people expect to see when they think of Brighton or its 'iconic' seafront. The Aqauarium Terraces has played host to various structures, kiosks, stalls, rides and buildings over the years. They have always been an open and fun place to wander and take in the sun ... well, up until a few years ago anyway. All of a sudden some new and very modern looking building sprung up. They made no attempt to fit in with the surrounding area and jarred with the 1920's and 30's architecture that surrounded them. Suddenly we had fast food restaurants (the sad way of the world), amusement arcardes, a restaurant and a few buildings standing empty. That was it for a few years and then just as quick as they'd been built the shutters came down and everything was closed up and left vacant and that's how things have remained. The only difference now is that much has been boarded over and therefore looks twice as unsightly as it did before. Fingers crossed that soon something will be done with this historic section of seafront and that it will be an area that all can enjoy and not just a wealthy select few.

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Poles Apart :- Brighton's famous and iconic terraces have been in the news a lot lately. They are in danger of collapsing altogether and are now listed by the Victorian Society as being one of the top 10 endangered buildings / structures in Britain. At the moment there's also a World Heritage bid to help save the crumbling seafront of Brighton and Hove. So here's a little information regarding the terraces that are along Madeira Drive on Brighton's front to the East of the pier. The terraces were designed by Philip Causton Lockwood, the Borough Surveyor of Brighton. They were built between 1890 and 1897 and are now regarded to be the longest continuous iron structure in the world. The terrace is 2,837 feet or 864.71 metres in length from the Aquarium to Duke's Mound with a width of 25 feet or 7.62 metres. The (silver) heads of Neptune and Aphrodite are alternatively placed on each of the latticed iron arches. At the time the total cost of the terraces was £29,000 which was an enormous amount in the late 1800's. The iron work was manufactured by the Phoenix Foundry in Lewes. It's also interesting to note that the Phoenix Foundry name can also be found on most of Brighton’s ironwork including the Palace Pier, railings, bandstand and seafront lamps.

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No Longer Grand :- Some old structures from the 1920's and 30's were demolished so that a few modern monstrosities could be constructed in their place. They were built. They were opened. They were closed. They were left to rot. Such is the modern age where style and elegance is made to take a back seat as greed and ignorance tramples over it and makes it to the forefront of everyday living. Brighton is famous for its seafront. It's one of the few places you can go and see just what the Victorians and Edwardians did. They took pride in everything and it shows. Right now we are battling to save much of it that's East of the famous Pier. If you want to see just how they used to do things I suggest you get to Brighton asap before it all collapses or is simply left to rot some more.      

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Shameful :- This was once an elegant terrace. Men would parade about in their straw boater hats and the women would shield themselves from the harsh saside sun with their parasols. This was a place of elegance and style. You wouldn't know it looking at it know. These are the Aquarium Terraces that sit above what is now the Sea Life Centre but was once simply known as Brighton Aquarium whish is still to this day the world's oldest operating aquarium.  The Aquarium was another structure concieved, designed and built by Eugenius Birch who alos gave Brighton it's wonderful (and now sadly ruined) West Pier. The Aquarium was completed in 1872 and at the time cost £130,000. The terraces on its roof were finished in 1874 but in June 1876 they were extended with the addition of a roller-skating rink, terrace garden, smoking room, cafe and music conservatory. Now a lot of it stands empty, its masonry boarded up and over. Modern architeural monstrosities and failures litter its once grand walkways and hardly anyone ventures upon its boards. The more technological and clever we seem to get, the more stupid and ignorant we are of our past. We are going backwards and not in a good way. I'm just pleased that the ladies and gents that once took in the sea air here can no longer see it as it is now.  

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Forty Three and Four :- Brighton's iconic and ornate cast iron arches on Madeira Drive are now closed off to the public. Fences obstruct access at every given point due to the entire Victorian terrace being deemed unsafe and structurally unsound. Hopefully plans are being made to save the arches and terrace in some shape or form but at the moment all we can do is sit and wait. I ventured down to take a look last Saturday (23rd August 2015) and took this shot through a gap in the fencing. It shows of the intricate ironwork and design that was the 
brainchild of Philip C Lockwood who was the Brighton Borough Surveyor also responsible for the interior of Brighton Museum and for the wonderful 'Bird Cage' Bandstand that's on the seafront. The flight of steps lead up to Marine Parade and bring you out opposite Bedford Street. The sun was high in the mid afternoon sky and causing the iron work and railings to cast their shadows.

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Sun Lounge :- An old sign above head gives an indication of just how grand and splendid the Madeira Drive Arches and seafront once was. The sign can still clearly be read as saying “Madeira Sun Lounge Cafeteria”. I do not know when the sign dates from but the ornate filigree iron arches were constructed in 1890. Now the walkway and arches are closed to the public due to saftey concerns as the iron work and terrace above are deemed unsafe. The image is deceiving as it looks like i'd gained entry to the walkway itself but I hadn't. There was a small section open to allow pedestrians access to a large flight of stairs and I merely placed my camera lens between the mesh of the gate that prevented access and took the shot. As luck would have it the sign was just infront.  

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King's Cliff Steps #designthursday Curated by +Venkatram Harish Belvadi +Stairs Thursday curated by +Liz MC #stairsthursday #ukpcphoto (South East) :- This huge flight of steps are calf muscle killers. By the time you reach the promenade at the top on Marine Parade the back of your legs are burning and you are trying to catch your breath ... well I am anyway! These are the King's Cliff Steps located in Kemptown at the Eastern end of Brighton's long promenade. This area has been known as as 'King's Cliff' since 1908 due to Edward VII's connections with Kemp Town. Princess Louise (the daughter of Edward VII) and her husband the Duke of Fife used to live at number one Lewes Crescent which is East of these steps. In 1908 George VIIstayed with his daughter and her husband at "Fife House" whilst he was recovering from illness. Nowadays it's better known as East Cliff and is (approx) 24 meters or 80 feet at it's highest point.     

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