The tall, red-brick building in the background was the ‘Old Town Hall’ (also known as Royal Victoria Rooms), which was built in 1847 but destroyed by fire on 22nd September 1933. The other building is the end of Cliff Terrace. Today you can still see the edge of the cellar next to the semi-circular steps. Since then it has remained a largely open space apart from the Pier Buffet.
Futuristic 1960’s plans for a glass viewing tower never materialised.