The Esplanades, Brighton, on a sunny summer's day

The Esplanades (Upper and Lower), Brighton, on a sunny summer's day. Note the Victorian railings and lamppost at the roadside, and the vintage merry-go-round below. The railings were designed by Philip Causton Lockwood (1821-1908), Borough Surveyor of Brighton, and harmonise well with the ones to the east of Brighton Palace Pier, which are considered "exceptional in that they featured bespoke ornament, that is, cast-iron medallions containing alternating pairs of dolphins and a knight's helmet, both of which were drawn from the town's civic heraldry" (Dobraszczyk 138). The point was to unify the various parts of the seafront, and create a sense of identity for the resort.

Photograph 2006 by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use it without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one. [Click on the image for a larger picture.]

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Dobraszczyk, Paul. Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian Britain: Myth and Modernity, Excess and Enchantment. Pbk. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

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