Victorian hand-tinted postcard of the Pier

In this postcard of the Pier from the 1890s the crowd appears to be watching a boat race.

Hastings began to be frequented for its sea-bathing opportunities in the late 18th Century. King George III’s physician, Dr Baille, recommended the resort to his patients and it became a popular watering place. As its celebrity increased it ranked midway between Margate and Brighton. The Pigot & Co Directory for 1840 recommended Hastings as having “”most excellent accommodations for sea bathing”” and said that the recreations “were “in every respect worthy of this fashionable town””.

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