A Booklet of Victorian Pier Engravings

A Booklet of Victorian Pier Engravings
An engraving with a view from East Hill
This engraving shows Hastings as a busy town, port and resort just before the Pier was built in 1872.
A Booklet of Victorian Pier Engravings
An engraving of the Pier from the sea, 20 June 1873
This 1872 engraving shows Hastings Pier just after it opened.
An engraving of a view of the Pier
An engraving published in 1873, a year after Hastings Pier opened. The gap in the landward end of the pier was designed to release pressure on the structure during high tides and stormy weather.

Hastings was already a popular seaside resort in the late 18th century, and King George III’s physician, Dr Baillie, recommended it to his patients. The Pigot & Co Directory for 1840 commented that Hastings had “the most excellent accommodations for sea bathing and that the recreations were in every respect worthy of this fashionable town”.

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