On the succeeding page, I have said that the photograph seen there is the oldest existing photograph of the Steine. I was wrong, years later I acquired the above. This is a copy of a very old daguerreotype taken by Brighton’s first photographer, William Constable, who opened his “Photographic Institution” at 57 Marine Parade, on 8 November 1841. He died in December 1861. The Victoria Fountain was officially opened on 25 May 1846 and reports speak of “flags and banners were flying”. The flagpoles are seen in no other photographs of the Steine. My theory is that this was taken either on opening day or very soon after. If not, it was before 1852, when 61 and 62 (not seen) were built.

Image Reference: JG_09_116.tif
Date: c.1846
Image Details: Copy
Size of Original: 232x171
Place: Brighton
Additional Information: ©Phillipe Garner

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