However, there was a pier (designed by Captain Samuel Brown, RN) built in 1823 in Brighton, during the reign of George IV. This is John Constable's rendition of Brighton beach, with the Royal Suspension Chain pier in the background.
I love this picture of the beach, the wind and waves, the people walking, the fisherman in the foreground. It is easy to imagine what Brighton was like in the time we are interested in.
This is Stein Street (as against old Stein). A tricky corner if ever there was one. We can imagine a Regency Hero trying to navigate this in his curricle with all the widows and young ladies looking on.
And in case you are imagining golden sands, here is the beach. It is in fact golden pebbles.
More to come.